WASHINGTON - After beating Moravian 4-3 on Saturday night, The Catholic University of America baseball team won back-to-back on Sunday, March 15 in a in a double header over the Greyhounds to sweep their first Landmark Conference three-game series of the 2015 season.
The Cardinals took the first game Sunday morning, 1-0, and pushed passed the Greyhounds, 6-3, in game two. The wins put the Cards on an eight game winning and are now 8-0 overall and 3-0 in the Landmark Conference.
During game one, CUA's Kyle Hassan made his second start of the season on the rubber and earned his first win of the year, pitching five innings, giving up zero runs and throwing one strike out. Mark Duffy pitched the last two innings of game one to earn his second save of the season.
Catholic earned their first and only run of the game in the bottom of the second inning. With Eric Scamardella on third and Mike McFarland on first, Wyatt Schmidt hit a sacrifice fly to right field to drive in Scamardella for the 1-0 lead.
With the Moravian scoreboard still blank in the top of the seventh inning the Greyhounds took their last opportunity to make something happen in game one. With an Anthony Gaetaniello on second Matt Hanson sent a single into left field, Gaetaniello round third but Stefan Poggioli launched the ball to McFarland at the plate to make the final out of the game.
With two losses on the weekend, Moravian went ahead with three runs in the top of the second of Sunday's game two. Catholic rallied in the bottom of the third, scoring all six of their runs.
Jake Crist earned CUA's first RBI of the event sending a bases-loaded fly into center field to drive in Matt Hsiung. With Poggioli on third and Crist on second the Greyhounds walked Palladino to load the bases. Walks to Scamardella and Daniel Hinchcliff followed, respectively, to tie the game at three. With the bases still loaded McFarland send a sacrifice bunt down the third base line to score Palladino to go ahead 4-3.
Catholic's Wyatt Schmidt stepped into the batter's box with Scamardella on third and Hinchcliff on second. Schmidt ripped the ball into right field for a two-RBI double to bring the Cards to a 6-3 lead.
In game two David Gately threw from the mound for all seven innings, earning just two runs and pitching five strikeouts for his second win of the season.
The Cardinals head to Shenandoah on Wednesday, March, 18 for a 4:00 p.m. game, before returning home for a Landmark Conference three series against Elizabethtown beginning Satuday, March 21 at 11:00 am.