Cardinals Split Sunday Doubleheader with River Hawks

Cardinals Split Sunday Doubleheader with River Hawks

WASHINGTON - The Catholic University of America baseball team split its Landmark Conference doubleheader with Susquehanna University on Sunday afternoon. The Cardinals fell to the River Hawks, 7-2, in the first game and earned a 2-1 victory in the second.

On Saturday night, Catholic topped Susquehanna 5-2 to open the three-game conference series. With the Sunday afternoon split the Cards take the series 2-1 and advance their conference record to 6-2, 18-5 overall.

Both teams got on the board with a run in the first inning of Sunday's opening game. Catholic's run came with a bases-loaded, RBI-single from junior Jack Hennessy who scored senior Brett Padula.

The River Hawks got two across in the sixth. The Cards answered with a run from senior Paul Burmester in the bottom of the inning but it would not be enough to hold off Susquehanna who hit back-to-back homers in the seventh inning.

The River Hawks carried their momentum into Sunday's second game, scoring a run in the first inning. Catholic junior Anthony Ferlise tied the game up with an RBI-single in the second which scored Burmester.

With Landmark Conference first place standings on the line, Lewis hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning to move sophomore Ryan Tracy and Padula into scoring position. Junior Jake Crist stepped to the plate next and hit an RBI-single to scored Tracy for the game's winning run.

Catholic sophomore Mason Belcher earned the win, pitching six innings with five strikeouts. Senior Joseph Salzano relieved Belcher in the seventh inning for his sixth save of the season.

In Sunday's first game, sophomore Jon Mierzwa opened on the mound for the Cardinals and threw eight strikeouts. Sophomore Colin Cunningham relieved him in the sixth inning and senior Sean Carroll closed out the seventh.

The Cardinals will travel to Owings Mills, Md., for a nine-inning matchup against Stevenson University on Wednesday, April 5 at 3:30 p.m.

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