Baseball Swept by Cardinals

Baseball Swept by Cardinals

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score
Game Three Box Score

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rain wreaked havoc on Susquehanna’s three-game baseball series at Catholic, forcing the team to play three games on Sunday. Unfortunately, the Cardinals took all three games from the Crusaders.

SU (10-18, 5-7) fell 12-11, 6-5 and 11-5 to Catholic (19-10, 11-1).

In the 12-11 loss, the first two-plus innings of which were played on Saturday, SU pounded out 12 hits, with four from third baseman Dan Wing (West Chester, Pa./Unionville), who went 4-for-5 with two runs and two RBI. Unfortunately, the Cardinals finished with 17 hits of their own and got to starter Keith Needham (Lewisburg, Pa./Lewisburg Area) for eight runs (six earned) in his three innings of work.

It actually seemed like Susquehanna had the early momentum as they pegged Catholic starter Robin Mowatt for five runs in the first inning. Nick Ferlise (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) sent home two runs on a double to left center and Wing added another RBI hit that made it 3-0. Two bases-loaded walks then made it 5-0 in favor of SU.

Catholic responded with a four-run first inning of its own, courtesy of two hits and one Crusader error.

SU added two runs in the second on a Geoff Hunter (Sugarloaf, Pa./Hazleton Area) RBI single and a wild pitch and the Crusaders made it 8-4 in the top of the third before the game was called due to rain.

When the game resumed on Sunday, the teams continued to put runs on the board. The Cardinals tacked on two runs in the third and fourth innings and combined with a three-run fifth took an 11-8 lead.

Wing’s RBI double in the sixth made it a one-run game at 11-10 and Stephen Tayamo’s (South Orange, N.J.) RBI knotted it at 11-all.

Unfortunately, the Cardinals’ Marc Kaloktis belted a solo shot to right field to break the tie and that hit proved to be the game winner as Catholic held on for the 12-11 victory.

While game two saw far fewer runs scored, SU still suffered its second-straight one-run loss. Wing added another two hits to go along with two walks, one run scored and one RBI, but he was the lone Crusader with a multi-hit game.

Starter Matt Boyd (Camp Hill, Pa./Camp Hill) went 5.2 innings and gave up four runs, two of which were earned, on eight hits.

The Cardinals jumped on Boyd early, putting three runs on the board in the opening inning as they capitalized on three Susquehanna errors. Boyd gave up a RBI hit to Matt Grieb in the fourth as SU fell behind 4-0.

The Crusaders rallied to plate one run in the fifth and two in the sixth, with Wing’s one-out shot accounting for one of those runs and made it 4-3.

SU held a lead in the seventh, though, after two hits and one Catholic error put the team ahead 5-4.

Andy Hergan (Bloomsburg, Pa./Central Columbia) had a chance to close out the game and pick up the save but failed to shut out the Cardinals in the seventh inning. Three hits, including the game winner from Dan Sullivan, gave Catholic the walk-off win.

The series finale again went the way of the Cardinals as they scored 11 runs over the seven-inning game. Wing added another hit for SU, bringing his series total to seven.

Game three starter Brian Wendig (West Chester, Pa./Malvern Prep) lasted 4.2 innings and gave up six runs. Relievers Jordan Thomas (Westminster, Md,/Westminster) and Matt Roe (Freehold, N.J./St. John Vianney) gave up two runs apiece while Tyler Della Badia (Scotch Plains, N.J./Scotch Plains-Fanwood) surrendered the final run to Catholic.

The Crusaders actually went up 2-0 in the third on Ken Kayama’s [Koto-Ky Japan/Solebury (Pa.)] two-run home run to left field but Catholic got back those two runs plus one more in its half of the inning thanks in part to a L.J. Travaglia double.

SU continued its power surge, however, when Ethan Rieker (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Twp.) led off the fourth with a solo blast to tie it at three.

Unfortunately the Cardinals scored two more runs in the fourth and one more in the fifth, all charged to Wendig.

Leading 6-4 heading into the bottom of the sixth, Catholic greeted the SU relievers with five runs on three hits and one SU error to effectively put the game out of reach.

Next game: Wednesday, April 20 vs. Messiah – 4 p.m.