Catholic splits pair with Columbia Union

Apr 6, 2003

WASHINGTON - Catholic and Columbia Union split a non-league doubleheader Sunday afternoon. The Cardinals dropped game one, 7-4, but rebounded to win the second, 7-4.

Tony Watkins held the Cardinals in check in game one, going all seven innings, scattering eights hits, while allowing two earned runs and fanning eight.

The Pioneers crossed three runs in the fourth as consecutive walks and a hit batter with the bases full off of starter Mark Werle allowed Columbia Union to take a 6-3 lead. The sophomore went 3.1 innings surrendering six runs (one earned), while walking four and two hit batsmen.

Junior Dan Conway tried to rally in the Cardinals (16-9) in the sixth with his only hit of the game, an RBI single, extending his hitting streak to nine games.

Freshmen Tony Maldonado was 2-for-3 with a double and Adam Spisak collected his first two hits of the season going 2-for-2 with an RBI single in the second inning.

In game two, Conway would highlight a four-run second inning with his two-run double to left. Starter Pat Trunfio allowed only three earned runs over 4.2 innings while fanning two and walking two before running into trouble in the fifth.

Reliever McClain Tini came on and shut down Columbia Union over the next 2.1 innings to preserve the win.

Monroe Solomon was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI in game two for the Pioneers (6-10).

Catholic plays at Shenandoah University tomorrow in non-league action at 7 p.m.