MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The Catholic University baseball team continued its hot hitting Tuesday afternoon in a doubleheader sweep over Dean College at the Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach. The Cardinals (6-3) scored 20 runs in two games, winning 8-2 and 12-4 against the Bulldogs.
Catholic won the first game of the afternoon by a score of 8-2 after a six-run third inning broke the game open. Freshman Matt Tesoriero earned a win in his first career start on the hill.
Dean got on the board first in the top of the second inning, but the Cardinals quickly equalized in the bottom half to tie the game 1-1. Junior Nolan Lundholm doubled to right field, and then freshman Tommy Antonucci drove him in with a double of his own for a two-out RBI.
Catholic jumped ahead with a huge third inning, batting the lineup around to take control of the game. Junior Connor Sullivan got the scoring started with a triple to left field to drive in Tighe Watson. Lundholm and sophomores Michael Doody and Connor Cozad then hit singles in three consecutive at-bats to extend the lead. A two-run error made the score 7-1 after three innings of play.
Tesoriero gave up just one earned run in five innings of work, spreading out six hits and striking out four batters. Eric Moore and Brian Bernetich came in for two scoreless innings of relief. Watson drove in Doody with an RBI single in the sixth for Catholic's eighth run, enough for a game one win.
In game two, the Cardinals scored 12 unanswered runs after falling behind ealry to pick up its sixth straight victory. Relief pitching came up big after Catholic found itself in a 4-0 hole after two innings.
After not scoring in the first two innings, Catholic pushed runners across the plate in the following five innings to defeat the Bulldogs. The Cardinals scored two runs in consecutive innings to tie the game 4-4 and then a huge fifth inning changed the contest.
After a quick first out, junior Will Pyne walked and Tesoriero singled to put runners on first and third for junior Christian Jones. Jones delivered with a clutch triple to drive in the go-ahead runs. Freshman Tyler Shaffer singled to bring home Jones, and then sophomore Kendric Musser continued the rally with a triple of his own to left field. He later scored on a wild pitch, and after the fifth inning Catholic held a 9-4 lead.
Lundholm came in with three innings of relief, then fellow junior Ross Dean pitched for 1.2 innings without giving up a run to get the win. Senior Collin Brown came in for the sixth frame, and freshman Austin Nappi struck out one batter in a scoreless seventh inning.
The Cardinals added three more runs with two hits, two walks, and two hit batters to put the game away and earn a 12-4 win.
Catholic plays again tomorrow morning against Lancaster Bible College in Myrtle Beach. First pitch is set for 10 a.m.