By Robbie Cruz
The Catholic University baseball team celebrated its senior day with a 12-4 win over conference rival Moravian on Sunday, April 14.
The Cardinals, which included seniors Ryan Tracy, Mason Belcher, Collin Brown, Colin Cunningham, Bailey Lewis, David Gately, Jon Mierzwa, and Sean Dempsey, came into the game with an 18-10 record.
The Cardinals defeated the Greyhounds by a final score of 12-4 and collected 17 hits as a team altogether. Many families and friends of the players showed up at the game and showed support to the seniors Sunday afternoon.
The team entered this game with an 18-10 record, while Moravian entered with a 14-14 record. More importantly, the Cardinals came into this game with an 8-6 record in the conference, while Moravian had a 7-4 conference record. With this win, the Cardinals were able to overtake the Greyhounds for second in the conference, as they are now only behind the Susquehanna River Hawks who have a 12-3 conference record. The playoffs begin Friday, May 10th for the Cardinals.
The Cardinals collected a three-game sweep over the Greyhounds and are running on a red-hot eight-game winning streak.
The Cardinals started senior, David Gately against the Greyhounds Sunday afternoon, and the Greyhounds started Scott Poulson.
Gately was strong in his performance, throwing 7 ⅔ innings and giving up only two runs, seven hits, and managed to strike out five Greyhounds. After his performance, Gately’s ERA has dropped to 3.38 on the season and now has a 4-2 record.
Gately was relieved by Colin Cunningham, Cunningham walked one, gave up two hits, and no runs. Cunningham was then relieved by Mason Belcher who finished the game off.
The Cardinals jumped off to an immediate lead in the first inning, after the first baseman, Nolan Lundholm ripped an RBI single to centerfield. Lundholm finished the game going 3-4, with two RBIs’ and a walk.
Outfielder Christian Jones also had a big day at the plate for the Cardinals. Jones collected four hits, with three runs batted in, and collected his third home run on the season Sunday afternoon. Jones now has a team-high .476 batting average, and three home runs.
The left fielder, Connor Sullivan also collected three hits for the Cardinals.
The Greyhounds were able to collect 11 hits as a team and managed to put 16 runners on base. However, pitching was an issue for the opposing team.
Starting pitcher Scott Poulson threw 2 ⅔ innings, giving up five hits, walks, and runs. He was relieved by Connor Morrow who threw 3 ⅓ innings for the Greyhounds. Morrow gave up 6 hits, three runs, and struck out two. Other pitchers for the Greyhounds include Brendon Caraway and Rodney Berger.