Catholic’s Bats Come Alive to Take Two From Scranton

Catholic’s Bats Come Alive to Take Two From Scranton

WASHINGTON – The Catholic University of America baseball team saw its offense explode for 31 hits and 29 runs in just 14 innings of play against the Scranton Royals on Saturday. The Cardinals got a pinch-hit, walk-off homerun from junior Jake Crist for an 11-10 game-one win, before an 18-9 victory in the game two.  

The Catholic bats were hot early as the Cards plated seven in the very first frame and led 10-1 after four. Scranton was able to fight back however but ultimately just set the stage for Crist's heroics.

Crist, who was called upon off the bench, led off the bottom of the seventh and lifted a rocket over the right field fence to walk off with the victory.

Catholic's first 10 runs came on RBI's from seniors Paul Burmester (four) and Brett Padula, sophomore Ryan Tracy (two) and freshmen Cid Porter (two) and Connor Sullivan.

Burmester opened the first inning with a three-run homer over the left field wall. Tracy followed with a two-run double prior to Porter's two RBI-single through the left side for a 7-0 Cardinals' lead.

Scranton answered with a run in the second but Padula plated junior Jack Hennessy in the third. Burmester hit his second homer of the day in the fourth followed by Sullivan's RBI single that scored junior Anthony Ferlise.

Sophomore Jon Mierzwa started on the mound for the Cardinals and struck out four, including his 100th career punchout in the third inning. After relief from senior Mark Duffy and sophomore Colin Cunningham, senior Joseph Salzano took the ball and recorded his third win of the season. 

Both offenses continued to roll in game two as Catholic held a 4-3 lead after the first inning.

Catholic got its first run on the board as Hennessy scored on a wild pitch. Burmester followed with an RBI double before junior Brennan Cotter's RBI single. The Cards then went ahead on an RBI double by Ferlise.

The lead would not last as Scranton plated two in the third, but it was for not as Catholic put together one of its best offensive innings in Landmark history.

The Cardinals scored 13 of its runs in the fourth and included a grand slam by Cotter as well as a two-run home run by Crist.

Rookie Ross Dean drew the start and went 2.1 innings before junior David Gately came on in relief and struck out three for the win.

The Cards will go for the sweep tomorrow at 1 p.m., when they host Scranton in a nine-inning game.

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