ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. - The Catholic University baseball team won the final game of a three-game series to open Landmark Conference play on Sunday afternoon over the Elizabethtown Blue Jays.
Starting pitcher David Gately went the distance for the Cardinals (9-4, 2-1 LC), pitching a complete game in the 5-2 victory to take two of three in the series over conference rival Elizabethtown. Outfielders Bailey Lewis and Cid Porter both had multi-hit games to lead the offense, and a 2-RBI single from Tighe Watson lifted Catholic to its ninth win in its last ten games.
For a third straight game, Catholic got on the board in the first inning. Junior Connor Sullivan walked to lead off the contest and stole second to get into scoring position. Senior Ryan Tracy made it happen once again with an RBI double to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. Fellow senior Lewis followed with a single to right field to bring in Tracy for a two-run advantage in the top of the first.
The Blue Jays (4-8, 1-2 LC) answered with a run in the bottom of the second, but the Cardinals extended the lead later in the fourth frame, scoring three runs all with two outs. After two quick outs to start the inning, junior Nolan Lundholm walked and sophomore Connor Cozad singled to start the rally. A past ball advanced the runners to second and third, and Watson delivered a big two-run single to put Catholic up 4-1. Cid Porter then hit one of his three singles to score Watson for a four-run lead.
Elizabethtown got one back on a solo homerun in the bottom of the eighth inning, but Catholic held on for a 5-2 win to take the series.
In the most complete performance of his career, Gately threw 94 pitches in nine innings, spreading out five hits and walking just one batter. The Baltimore, Md. native struck out five and gave up just two earned runs in his second win of the season. The performance was Gately's first complete game nine-inning stint in his collegiate career. His longest outing previously was an eight-inning effort on May 12, 2015 in a 3-2 loss to Alvernia.
Catholic plays next on Thursday, March 21 against York (Pa.) at home. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m.