Cardinals Top Nittany Lions in Spring Break Opener

Cardinals Top Nittany Lions in Spring Break Opener

Myrtle Beach, S.C. - The Catholic University of America baseball team opened their annual spring break trip with back-to-back wins over Penn St. – Berks, on Sunday afternoon.

The Cardinals captured game one with a 3-1 victory while grabbing a 4-3 win in extra innings of game two.

Sophomore Jon Mierzwa opened on the mound for Catholic, throwing fiving innings with eight strikeouts. Junior Mark Duffy pitched the sixth inning and senior Joseph Salzano closed the game for his first save for his first save of the seasons.

Juniors Jake Crist and Anthony Ferlise along with sophomore Bailey Lewis provided support for the game-one win with one RBI a piece.

Felise batted in the first runner of the game during the first inning. Tow batters later, Crist followed with an RBI-single to right field.

During the fifth inning, Lewis drove a double down the left line for Catholic final run of game one.

The second game took extra innings and the Cardinals rallied to walk off victorious.

Senior Brett Padula doubled in the seventh inning and came home on an error to tie the game forcing extra innings.

In the eighth inning, tied 3-3, freshman Cid Porter waited on third for his chance to score the winning run. The Nittany Lions looked to intentionally walk Padula but a wild pitch on ball four gave Porter the opportunity to come across the plate and earn the Cardinals second win of the day.

A sacrifice fly from junior Brennan Cotter gave the Cards their first run of the day. Senior Wyatt Schmidt pop a sac-fly of his own in the sixth to bring in Catholic's second run.

Freshman Ross Dean started on the rubber in game two and junior Sean Carrol and rookie Eric Moore pitched an inning of relief. Salzano threw the final two inning and earned his first win of the 2017 season.

The Cardinals continue their South Carolina spring break trip, facing Lehman College on Monday, March 6.

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