Rochester Tech 8, Catholic 4

March 24, 2002

Junior Justin Siller took a fifth-inning walk and later scored.

WASHINGTON - Catholic had its three-game win streak broken by RIT as the Tigers salvaged a 8-4 win in the final game of the weekend series Sunday afternoon at Robert J. Talbot Field.

RIT's Rob Forbes opened the scoring in the third with his RBI single, his first of two on the day as he went 2-for-4. CUA put three runs in the bottom of the same inning as junior Tim Webster's (Langhorne, Pa./Notre Dame) fly ball to center with two on popped out of the glove of center fielder Dan Feldman. The error allowed sophomore Mike DeNicola (Lyndhurst, NJ/Don Bosco) and junior Billy Rue (Holmdel, N.J./Holmdel) to score. Webster would score on the very next batter as junior Todd Michalak (Manlius, N.Y./Christian Brothers Acad.) doubled down the left field line to make it 3-1.

After the Tigers tied it at 3-3 in the fifth and chased CUA starter Joe Sobocinski (Waldorf, Md./Westlake), Justin Siller (Staten Island, N.Y./Monsignor Farrell) led off the inning with a walk. Siller moved to second on a wild pitch followed by Rue who reached base by a hit pitch from RIT starter Paul Diedrich. Matt Knodel came on and to relieve Diedrich, only to have his first batter, DeNicola, meet him with an RBI single to left, scoring Siller.

RIT took the lead for good in the next frame as Andrew Wilm scored from second on a fielding error off a single by Jim Fogarty. Fogarty would cross the plate two batters later by Rob Forbes' RBI single. Forbes and Fogarty were two of four RIT batters to finish with two hits.

The Tigers tacked on runs in the eighth and ninth off of junior relievers Chris Tiedemann (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) and Eric Cortina (East Northport, N.Y./St. Anthony's).

Catholic had one last chance in the ninth as CUA had the bases loaded with no outs, but Knodel got out of the jam to earn the win.

The Cardinals left 10 runners on base while RIT stranded nine.

CUA resumes action on Tuesday with a CAC game with Mary Washington at 3 p.m. at Talbot Field.