Late rally pushes Mary Washington past Cardinals

Late rally pushes Mary Washington past Cardinals

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Leading 2-0 in the eighth, CUA saw Mary Washington score three times in the bottom of the inning to lift the Eagles to a 3-2 win over the Cardinals on Thursday.  Matt Grieb and Colin McCarthy led the CUA offense with two hits apiece.

CUA threatened in the second when Grieb led off with a single and moved down to second on McCarthy’s groundout.

Mark Kalokitis then grounded out to short, which moved Grieb to third, but Dan Sullivan struck out, ending the inning.

The Cardinals broke through in the fourth with a single run, beginning with a one out walk to Grieb.  McCarthy was next and he singled, which moved Grieb all the way to third.  Kalokitis then reached on a fielder’s choice, and that plated Grieb for a 1-0 CUA lead.

CUA added a second run in the eighth, starting with a bunt single by Tommy Little.  Tim Mierzwa then tried to bunt Little to second, and a Mary Washington error allowed Little to come all the way home for a 2-0 lead.

Mary Washington came right back and took the lead with three runs in the eighth.  The rally started with a pinch hit single by Jeff Rezach, and Shane Sixsmith followed with a single of his own, moving Rezach to third.

Another pinch hitter, Brent Steffey, singled to left to bring home the Eagles’ first run, and two batters later, a fielder’s choice plated Sixsmith to tie things up at two.

A CUA wild pitch then allowed Ben Sisk to score, giving Mary Washington its first lead of the afternoon.

In the ninth, McCarthy led off with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch.  With one out, Sullivan singled to right to put runners on the corners, but Chris McCloud bounced into a double play, ending any hope for a Cardinals rally.

Adam Schroth got the start for CUA on the hill, and he was charged with all three runs in 7.1 innings.  Chris Nee and Thomas Travaglia came on in relief for the Cardinals. 

Jake Black was the Eagles’ starter and went 7.0 innings before giving way to the winning pitcher, Zach Hendrix.

The Cardinals remain on the road for their next game, traveling to Stevenson on Saturday for a 1 p.m. matchup.