Azimirad Hits for Cycle, Turns Triple Play

WASHINGTON - Junior first baseman Baha Azimirad hit for the cycle and Catholic University turned a triple play in the Cardinals' 11-10 extra-inning victory against Randolph-Macon at Talbot Field on April 3.

Azimirad, in his first year at CUA, went 5-for-6 with three RBI and scored four runs. He tripled in the first, singled in the third, lined out in the sixth, doubled in the eighth, hit his first home run in the ninth and singled in the 11th. He scored the game-winning run on a two-out, bases-loaded single by shortstop Brian Pietryka.

As rare as hitting for the cycle is, the Cards also recorded a triple play in the eighth. With runners on second and third, Brian DiCiurcio fielded a grounder, tagged out the runner at third and threw to Azimirad at first. When the runner from second broke for third, Azimirad fired the ball back to DiCiurcio for the third out.

"I've been involved in baseball for 34 years and I've never seen a guy hit for the cycle and a team have a triple play in the same game," CUA's 16th-year Coach Ross Natoli said. "I imagine it's happened before, but I can't think of when - on any level."

Azimirad has played in nine games (five starts) and is hitting .375 (9-for-24).