WASHINGTON - The Catholic University of America baseball team remains unbeaten in 2018 at 6-0 after they topped Haverford College in a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. The Cardinals topped the Fords 6-5 in game one and took thesecond with a final score of 3-2.
Sophomore Connor Sullivan hit 3-of-4 over both games and recorded a run in game one and two RBI in game two. In game one, fellow sophomore Cid Porter went 2-of-3 with one run and one RBI while seniors Danny O'Hagan and Jake Crist each batted in two. Junior Bailey Lewis came across the plate twice during the second game.
Junior Jon Mierzwa started the day on the mound for Catholic. He threw eight strikeouts in the first three innings before sophomore Ross Dean took the rubber and recorded his first win of the year. Sophomore Jack Ropelewski pitched the final five outs of game one to earn his first career save.
Junior Mason Belcher started game two and pitched five innings with four strikeouts to record the win and his classmate Collin Brown tossed out three batters in the final two innings to register the save.
The Cardinals first run of the day came in the bottom of the second as Porter crushed a double to the fenceline to bring in Sullivan. The Fords rallied with two homers in the top of the third to take a 2-1 lead.
Senior Brennan Cotter led off the fourth inning with a double which set the Cardinals up for a 5-run inning. Sullivan moved Cotter to third with a single up the middle before junior Ryan Tracy bunted him home. A single from Porter loaded the bases and O'Hagan hit a 2-RBI single to bring Catholic's tally to four. Crist drove in the Cardinals final two runs of the event on a 2-RBI single to right field which brought home O'Hagan and senior Jack Hennessy.
Continuing their momentum, Catholic got on the board quick with two in the first inning of the second game. With the bases loaded, Cotter and Sullivan each recorded RBIs as O'Hagan and Lewis each came across the plate.
Haverford tied the game with runs in the third and fourth innings but a single from Sullivan to left center in the fifth inning drove Lewis in for the winning run.
Catholic is set to travel to Myrtle Beach, S.C. for its annual spring break trip. The Cardinals start off their trip with a nine-inning game against Penn State Berks at 1 p.m., on Monday, March 5.
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