Cardinals Win Landmark Conference Doubleheader, 12-9, 9-3, over Scranton

Cardinals Win Landmark Conference Doubleheader, 12-9, 9-3, over Scranton

Cardinals Win Landmark Conference Doubleheader, 12-9, 9-3, over Scranton

WASHINGTON (April 23, 2010) – Catholic University earned a much-needed victory Friday at Robert J. Talbot Field.

Make that two.

The Cardinals padded their Landmark Conference lead by sweeping the University of Scranton, 12-9 and 9-3. CUA improves to 19-11 and 12-2 in the league, two games up in the loss column over Moravian College.

The series, which was moved up a day to beat the forecasted rain, concludes with a 10:30 a.m. game Saturday. It will be the final regular-season home game for five Cardinals.

CUA won the first seven-inning game by scoring three times in the bottom of the fifth. Trailing 9-8, the Cards picked up three consecutive one-out singles to load the bases and then scored without a hit. Tommy Little walked in a run, Dmitri Deoudes hit a sacrifice fly to right field and Matt Grieb drew an RBI walk.

Jimmy Hagedorn (2-0), who entered the game in relief of starter Andrew Moldawer with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth, got the final two outs to prevent the Royals’ four-run outburst from getting bigger. Sidearmer Mike Bzozowski pitched hitless ball over the final two innings to earn his fourth save.

Redbird catcher Ross Hunsberger was 3-for-3 and scored three runs and Deoudes went 2-for-2 with four RBIs and two runs. Tim Mierzwa and Troy Langway tallied two hits apiece in CUA’s 12-hit attack. The triumph ended the Cards’ season-high four-game losing streak.

Right fielder Jason Lane was 3-for-4 for Scranton and drove in five runs. His grand slam to right with nobody out in the fourth gave the Royals a 5-4 lead. Moldawer got out of the inning by striking out two of the next three hitters looking.

In game two, the Cardinals bolted to a 9-0 lead after three innings to give Ron Esposito (5-1) all the support he needed. The 6-foot-2 junior right-hander scattered seven hits across six innings, walked one and fanned five. He allowed two unearned runs.

Deoudes (3-for-3) got CUA on the scoreboard with a two-run single in the first and scored when the next hitter, Eamonn Burke, doubled down the right field line. Tommy Bowles followed with a similar double to plate Burke, and L.J. Travaglia hit a sacrifice fly to right to bring Bowles in and give the Cards an early 4-0 advantage.

Deoudes hit an RBI-single to left in the second to pick up his seventh RBI of the afternoon. Shortstop Tim Mierzwa finished 2-for-4 and scored a run. The Redbirds had 12 hits while Esposito and Billy Robbett allowed nine.

Scranton dropped to 15-20(8-6 Landmark) with the twin defeats.