Cardinals drop series finale at Scranton, 10-5

Cardinals drop series finale at Scranton, 10-5

SCRANTON, Pa. – The Cardinals fell to Scranton by a score of 10-5 on Sunday afternoon in the 2013 regular season finale. CUA held a 3-2 lead in the 4th inning, but the Royals scored 8 of the final 10 runs to complete a three-game sweep. Following today's action, CUA is 25-15 overall and 11-7 in the Landmark Conference.

Scranton went up first with a pair of runs in the 2nd, but CUA cut the lead in half with a run of its own in the 3rd inning. Pat DeToro's single to center plated Mike McFarland for the Cards first run.

CUA then went in front with a pair of runs in the 4th, as Chris McCloud hit his team-leading sixth home run of the season to make it 3-2.

The Royals took the lead right back with three runs in their half of the inning, to go in front 5-3. Eric Pizzico delivered the big blow in the frame, driving in two with a double.

In the 7th, CUA tied things at five when McFarland drove in a pair of Cardinals with a single to left center.

The lead was short lived however, with Scranton putting three runs on the board in the bottom of the 7th to go back in front, 8-5. Ray Grapsy's three-run shot over the wall took care of all the scoring.

The Royals added two more runs in the 8th to set the final margin at five.

Despite the loss, CUA junior pitcher Andrew Carroll made his long awaited return back from injury. Carroll threw one scoreless inning of action, facing the minimum three batters.

Rob Steinkopf suffered the loss, after allowing three runs in two-thirds of an inning. He was one of six CUA hurlers used in relief.

James Sawyer went three innings and did not allow any runs to pick up the win for Scranton.

CUA will now host the 2013 Landmark Conference Tournament at Talbot Field on May 4-6. The Cardinals opening game is set for 11 a.m. on May 4 and will be against a familiar foe, Scranton. The teams will play for the fourth time in an eight-day span.

Merchant Marine Academy and Moravian are the other two schools coming to Washington for the tourney.