Four Homers Lead Cards over Eagles

Four Homers Lead Cards over Eagles
Teams combine for five in the game


BRIDGEWATER, Va. - The Catholic University baseball team used an outstanding day at the plate to get the 13-10 win over the Bridgewater College Eagles (11-9-1) Monday in Virginia.  The Cardinals scored three runs in the final two innings move ahead for the victory and improve to 6-8 on the season.

The first inning marked the only one were neither tallied a run as CUA got things going in the second.  Tommy Bowles (Davidsonville, Md./Mount Saint Joe) and Bobby Picardo (Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Middletown South/Communications)  each brought in runs but the Eagles answered with one of their own to make it 2-1.  Tommy Little (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) led off the third with a solo homer which was followed by a pair of stolen bases by Joe Maca (Oyster Bay, N.Y./Saint Dominic) who was eventually brought home off of a Mike Goodman (Brookville, Md./Sherwood) double. 

After two quick outs to start the fourth, Matthew Rosner (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) came to the plate and hit a another home run to spark a rally leading two a triple from Maca and three runs in the inning to make the score 7-2.  Unfortunately the Cardinal defense allowed three runs in the bottom of the fifth as Bridgewater began a comeback.  The sixth saw back-to-back homers for Robbie O'Brien (Columbia, Md./Long Reach) and Goodman to bring in three runners but the rally didn't stop the Eagles as they tied it at ten in the bottom of the seventh.

Needing to gain the momentum back, CUA started the eighth with a hit and a walk to force the pitching change.  It didn't do much good, however, as Maca came up a slammed a double to bring home both runners.  The Cards held BC scoreless in the bottom and added one more run for good measure in the top of the ninth after a catcher error and an RBI from Picardo.  A double play ended the game with the final score 13-10.

Five different players notched two hits for the Cards, while Maca and O'Brien each had three RBI.  Despite the final score, the Cardinals were out hit 17-12 but had just six players stranded on base to the Eagles nine.  Kevin Sweeney (Bethesda/St. Anselm's Abbey School) started on the mound pitching the first six innings with seven K's, but Brendan McGown (Crofton, Md./Archbishop Spalding) got the win for CUA pitching two innings and Michael Bzozowski (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) had the save.

The Cards will travel to Mary Washington on Tuesday for a contest versus the Eagles.