CUA can't hold early lead, falls to Bridgewater

CUA can't hold early lead, falls to Bridgewater

WASHINGTON – After jumping out to a 3-0 lead on Bridgewater, CUA saw the Eagles score the final 11 runs of the game in an 11-3 setback for the Cardinals on Wednesday. Brendan Breslin and Dan Hinchcliff finished with two hits apiece for CUA, while Darren Yoder tallied three hits and five runs batted in for the visitors.

CUA started the game off strong, totaling three runs in the 1st inning. Pat DeToro led off with a walk and Stefan Poggioli followed with a single.

Nick Clary was next and he singled in DeToro to make it 1-0. A Chris McCloud sac fly plated the second run and Breslin's two-out double down the right field line drove in Clary to give the Cards a three-run advantage.

The lead was short-lived however, as Bridgewater came right back with three runs in the top of the 2nd. Yoder drilled a three-run shot over the left field wall to tie the game.

The Eagles took a lead they would not relinquish in the 3rd, exploding for six runs to open up a 9-3 advantage. Andrew Hacker, Yoder and Nick Fulk all notched run-scoring hits for BC in the frame.

Bridgewater added single runs in the 4th and 6th to complete the scoring.

CUA put two runners on in the 8th, but Bridgewater was able to work its way out of the inning.

Corey Armentrout went seven innings for the visitors, allowing three runs, while striking out eight to earn the win, while CUA's Rob Steinkopf suffered the loss after allowing six earned runs in 2.1 innings.

CUA, which currently sits in sole possession of first place in the Landmark Conference, now hosts a big three-game set against conference foe Susquehanna this weekend. The Cardinals and Crusaders meet in a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. at Talbot Field.

The teams then play a single, nine-inning game at noon on Sunday.