Frederick, Md - The Catholic University of America baseball team split its Sunday afternoon doubleheader with Hood College. The Cardinals captured the first game with a 4-2 victory, while falling in the second 8-7.
Junior Brennan Cotter came up big for the Cardinals' offense during the afternoon with seven total hits including three doubles, a homerun and four RBIs.
Junior Anthony Ferlise hit a 2-run homer in the second inning of game-one to get the Cardinals on the board. The Blazers scored two in the fifth to tie the game.
After being force to an eighth inning, Cotter popped a sacrifice fly to right field to score freshman Christian Jones. Later in the inning, junior Jack Hennessy came across the plate to advance Catholic's lead to 4-2.
In the bottom of the inning, the Cardinals' defense retired the first three batters and took game one, bringing their 2017 record to 2-0.
Sophomore Jon Mierzwa started on the mound and threw five strike outs in three innings. Freshmen Colin Cunningham and Ross Dean each pitched relief in game-one, before senior Mark Duffy entered the game to record his first win of the season.
Catholic took the lead in game-two with an RBI double from Felise in the second inning. With Ferlise on first, both Cotter and junior Alec Dolton singled to load the bases. Senior Brett Padula ripped a 2-RBI single to right field and the Cards went ahead 3-0.
Hood scored to in the bottom of the inning but Cotter answered with a 2-run rocket over the fence to put Catholic up 5-2.
The Blazer got three more in the fourth and two in the fifth. Cotter came across the plate for Cards in the fifth and the score read 7-6 in favor of Hood going into the final inning.
Cotter hit an RBI double in the seventh to tie the game but Hood got one more home in the bottom in the inning to walk off with the win.
Six Catholic pitchers saw time on the rubber in game-two. Sophomore Collin Brown made the start with four strikeouts. Junior Sean Carroll pitched 1.2 innings of relief before his classmate Joseph Prego threw for an inning. Rookies Eric Moore and Cunningham each spent time on the mound before freshman Sean Carey closed the game out.
The Cardinals will travel to Washington College on Wednesday, March 1 for a nine inning game against the Shoreman. First pitch set for 2:30 p.m.
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