Johns Hopkins 9, Catholic 6

April 3, 2002

Brian Pietryka went 4-for-5 in the loss.

BALTIMORE - The Cardinals' rally fell short as No. 14-ranked Johns Hopkins jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two innings and held on for a 9-6 win in non-conference action. The Blue Jays improved to 18-4 with their sixth consecutive win, while Catholic fell to 17-10-1 overall.

Hopkins scored four runs in the first inning as junior Joe Urban and freshman Mike Durgala each tallied an RBI single and sophomore Brian Morley hit his second home run of the season, a two-run shot to right field. Morley would finish the game 2-for-3 with four runs batted in, while Durgala went 4-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored, and two RBI.

The Blue Jays added two runs in the second to take a 6-0 lead. Freshman Paul Winterling drove in sophomore Bryan Eberle with a sacrifice fly and Urban scored on a wild pitch after doubling earlier in the inning.

Catholic came back and scored three runs in the top of the third on a bases-loaded single by Brian Pietryka, an RBI groundout by Justin Siller, and an infield error. Hopkins answered in the bottom of the fourth with a run to extend the Blue Jays' lead to 7-3.

The Cardinals battled back in the sixth, as Jason Funk followed a Billy Rue single and Terence O'Rourke double with an RBI single to cut the Johns Hopkins lead to 7-4. A Mike Pomfret single made it 7-5 before a double play ended the threat.

The Blue Jays added to their lead with a run in the sixth and a run in the eighth, and Catholic could manage just one run in its final trip to the plate.

Senior Neal Lynch improved to 2-0 with a complete game, striking out six batters and walking just two. Doug Sherry suffered the loss for Catholic and fell to 1-4 on the year as he allowed six runs on five hits in 1.2 innings. Pietryka led the Catholic offense as he went 4-for-5 with two runs batted in.

Catholic returns to action tomorrow, in a conference game at Gallaudet at 3:00.