WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Catholic University baseball team put forth its best offensive performance of the year Monday evening in a 23-2 rout over local foe Gallaudet. After a 27-hit outburst, the Cardinals have now won five of their last six contests.
The onslaught began right away for the visitors as leadoff man Connor Sullivan homered to left field on the game's first at-bat. The solo bomb was the junior's first career homerun. The Bison answered with two runs in the bottom of the first to take a 2-1 advantage.
The lead only lasted an inning however, as Catholic (15-10) answered by scoring 20 runs in the next three-inning span. The third inning started with a Sullivan single followed by back-to-back triples from seniors Ryan Tracy and Bailey Lewis. After a Nolan Lundholm RBI single, freshman Peter Giombetti doubled to add to the lead. Sophomore Kendric Musser delivered an RBI single, and after three innings the Cardinals were up 7-2.
The floodgates opened in the fourth frame as Catholic scored a season-best 12 runs on 10 hits. On the day, the team had 11 extra-base hits. An underclassmen contigent consisting of Connor Cozad, Musser, Billy Duke, Nicholas Torroella, and Conor Casey all contributed RBI singles to pile on the runs. The Cardinals scored seven runs before the first out was even recorded.
A walk from freshman Kyle Levinson loaded the bases for pinch-hitting junior Christian Jones. He stepped up to bat with runners at each base and brought them all home with a grand slam homerun over the center field fence for four more runs. Jones led the team with 5 RBIs in the game.
A large lead allowed nine pitchers to be used in a team effort on the mound to give Catholic the win. Sophomore MJ Dziczkowski started for the Cardinals, but freshman Nick Marini picked up his first career win after a scoreless second inning. Jack Zaffiro and Brian Bernetich each pitched a scoreless inning with two strikeouts as well.
In the 23-2 win, all 17 Catholic batters recorded at least one hit. The team last scored that many runs on April 23, 2017 in a 25-5 victory over Juniata.
A busy week for Catholic continues as the Cardinals host Stevenson on Wednesday, April 10. First pitch is slated for 3:30 p.m.