Cardinals drop another heartbreaker to Moravian in 10 innings

Cardinals drop another heartbreaker to Moravian in 10 innings

WASHINGTON – CUA dropped another heartbreaker on Sunday afternoon, falling to Moravian 7-5 in 10 innings.  The Cardinals led 5-0 in the eighth, but the Greyhounds scored five times to tie the score and then in the tenth Matt Gutkes hit a two-run homer that proved to be the difference.

CUA scored all five of its runs in the first inning.  LJ Travaglia led off with a walk and moved down to second on a ground out by Dimitri Deoudes.  Following a walk to Matt Grieb, Dave Grear singled to load up the bases.

Chris McCloud was next and he drove in Travaglia with a sac fly, and Tommy Bowles followed with an RBI single to left field to make it 2-0.  Another walk, this one to AJ Ventura, again loaded the bases and Troy Langway's single plated the Cardinals third run, while a Moravian error on the play allowed the fourth run to cross as well.

Another Moravian error pushed across CUA's fifth run and the Cardinals were comfortably in control.

Things remained that way until the eighth when CUA had trouble putting the Greyhounds away.  Gutkes delivered a big two-out single that plated two Moravian players and knotted the score at five.

Neither team was able to get anything going in the ninth and so the game headed for extra innings.

Joseph Connell had a one out single for Moravian in its half of the tenth, and that brought up Gutkes, who smashed Adam Schroth's offering over the left field fence for a 7-5 Greyhounds lead.

In the bottom half of the inning Mark Kalokitis singled with one out and Ventura singled with two outs, putting a pair of runners on with Dan Sullivan heading to the plate.  Sullivan swung at the first pitch he saw and smashed a hard shot, but it was right at Moravian's second baseman and after his throw to first got Sullivan in time, the game was over.

Schroth took the loss on the mound for CUA after he gave up the two runs on four hits in 1.2 innings.  In all, eight Cardinals pitched on the day, including senior Nick Perrotta, who went three innings, did not allow a hit and struck out four.  Robin Mowatt, Brian Cahill, Jack Mahoney, Tom Egan and Rob Steinkopf also did not allow any runs for CUA.

Tommy Mariano was the winning pitcher after throwing three scoreless innings for the Greyhounds, while Kyle Longernecker picked up the save after he worked the tenth.

CUA now heads into the postseason where the Cardinals will take on second-seeded Scranton in the opening round of the 2011 Landmark Conference Tournament on Saturday, May 7 in Bethlehem, Pa. on the campus of Moravian.  First pitch is set for 4 p.m.  Host Moravian is the top seed and will play No. 4 Susquehanna in the other opening round game beginning at 12:30 on Saturday.

Check out the 2011 Landmark Conference Tournament info center for more information on this weekend's tournament.