WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic University baseball sophomore Michael Doody hit a two-run home run over the left field wall as part of a six-run seventh as the Cardinals rallied from behind three times to post an 11-10 victory over local rival Marymount (VA) Wednesday at Robert Talbot Field.
Catholic (24-11) has now won 13 of its last 14 and seven consecutive at home.
Doody was 2-for-4 with three RBIs as the Cardinals totaled 16 or more hits for the fourth time this season. Junior Connor Sullivan had a team-high three hits, going 3-for-4 with a run and one RBI as he extended his hitting steak to a season-best 11 games.
After the Saints (16-19) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, the Cards answered with an RBI-double by junior Nolan Lundholm to tie the game in the bottom of the inning.
Marymount added two more runs in the top of the second and led 3-1 after four. However, Catholic drove across four runs in the bottom of the fifth to take its first lead. Senior Ryan Tracy started the scoring with an RBI-double that scored Sullivan before an RBI-single by senior Bailey Lewis tied the game at 3-3.
Doody then gave the Cardinals their first lead with an RBI-single before Lundholm scored an a sacrifice fly by junior Connor Cozad to give Catholic a 5-3 advantage after five.
The Saints went in front for the third time thanks to a five-run sixth, highlighted by a two-run double by Michael Wade that put the visitors in front, 8-5.
Marymount took its three-run lead into the bottom of the seventh before the Cardinals plated six runs to go in front for good. After a leadoff single by Tracy, junior Christian Jones picked up his 13th RBI of the season and his 11th in the last nine games with a triple to right center before scoring on a balk to pull the Cards within one, 8-7.
After a pitching change, Doody drove the second pitch he saw from Stephen Gerade over the left field wall to give Catholic a 9-8 lead. The home run for Doody was his third of the year, tying him with Jones for the team lead.
The Cardinals added two more runs on an RBI-single by junior Cid Porter and sac fly by Sullivan.
The Saints got two runs back in the top of the eighth to pull within one, but that would be as close as thet would get as Lundholm came on in relief to get the final out and stand the tying run in scoring position.
Lundholm earned his team-leading third save of the season after retiring the three batters he faced in the ninth.
Sophomore Ethan Risse earned his second win of the season, allowing just one hit over 1.1 innings of work, retiring all three batters he faced in the top of the seventh.
Catholic is now 14-2 this season when leading after seven innings. In addition to Sullivan's 11-game hitting streak, Lewis extended his on-base streak to 18 games while Sullivan and Lundholm both upped theirs to 15.
The Cardinals wrap up Landmark Conference play this weekend with a three-game series at Drew looking to secure the No. 2 seed in the 2019 Landmark Conference Baseball Championship which begins on May 10 at Scranton's Volpe Field.