Scranton, Pa. - With two rockets in the electric city, senior Brennan Cotter became The Catholic University of America baseball program's single-season homerun (9) leader as the Cardinals took two victories over The University of Scranton on Saturday afternoon.
The Cardinals topped the Royals 12-5 in game one and captured the second game with a 6-2 triumph.
Cotter hit 6-of-9 with six RBIs and three runs during the doubleheader including 4-of-4 in game one. During game two, Cotter he lobbed a pair of 2-RBI homers over the fence to tie recent Catholic Hall of Fame inductee Neil Roach '90 for most career homeruns (17).
Catholic rallied with a nine-run fifth inning to take a significant advantage. With the bases loaded, Doody started the rally when he cracked a double down the right field line to score Lewis and Cotter. Up next, junior Ryan Tracy bunted as Crist and Doody capitalized on Scranton fielding errors to make it home.
Junior Cid Porter bunted in Tracy before he and O'Hagan come home on a single from Lewis. Cotter rounded out the fifth inning rally with a double to right center to drive in Lewis and Hennessy.
The Royals bought one run home in both the fifth and sixth innings and Porter scored Tracy in the top of the sixth to bring Catholic's final tally to 12.
Cotter recorded the first four RBIs of game two when he scored Tracy on a two-run homer in the fourth inning and again in the seventh. The Royals answered with one run in the fifth and another in the seventh to cut the Cardinals lead in half (4-2) heading into the final two innings.
Sophomore Jeff Guile secured the game two victory in the eighth inning with a double to score Lewis. Up next, Porter singled tough the left side to bring home freshman Andre Perez for the final 6-2 decision.
On the mound, sophomore Jack Ropelewski relieved junior starter Jon Mierzwa during game one to record his third win of the year. Ropelewski tossed four Ks in 1.1 innings before junior David Gately and sophomore Eric Moore each pitch an inning.
Fellow sophomore Ross Dean started game two and tossed out five batters in five innings to registers his second win of the year. Freshman Ethan Risse pitched two innings of relief and junior Collin Brown finished out the final two.
Game three of the Landmark series between the Royals and Cardinals is slated for Sunday, April 15 at 11 am.
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