WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Catholic University baseball team honored its eight seniors and then swept the Moravian Greyhounds in a 12-4 win Sunday afternoon at Robert J. Talbot Field, completing a massive move into second place in the Landmark Conference standings. The Cardinals (19-10, 9-6 LC) were led by another impressive outing on the mound from David Gately and homeruns from junior Christian Jones and senior Bailey Lewis to earn their eighth straight victory.
Catholic racked up 17 more hits in the final game of the conference series, totalling 42 base knocks in the three games. The hosts got on the board right away in the first inning after junior Connor Sullivan and senior Ryan Tracy singled to start the game. Junior Nolan Lundholm got his team-leading 28th RBI with a single up the middle to bring in Sullivan.
The Greyhounds leveled the score at 1-1 in the third, but the Cardinals responded with a big inning in the bottom half of the inning. After Lundholm walked and Michael Doody was hit by a pitch, Jones singled to score a run and regain the lead. Senior Sean Dempsey got one of his two RBIs on the day with a bases loaded walk, and then Sullivan delivered a two-out 2-RBI single to put Catholic up 5-1.
Catholic kept the scoring going in the fourth. After two quick outs, the inning looked to be soon over, but Doody got on with an infield single to third base. Then Jones drove a towering fly ball over the center field wall for a two-run homerun. The junior from Alamo, Calif. now has three homeruns in his last four games after hitting just one in his previous two seasons.
Jones reached base every time he got up to hit, going 4-4 with a homerun, double, and a walk. After a phenomenal week, he now has 10 hits, 12 RBIs, and a .476 batting average in just 21 at-bats.
The Cardinals began to pour it on in the seventh inning with three straight singles. Dempsey and Sullivan singled, and then Tracy drove in a run with another base hit to right field. Lewis was the next batter, and he pulled an offspeed pitch over the left field fence for a three-run homer to make the score 12-1 in Catholic's favor.
The 2-5 effort at the plate moves Lewis' hitting streak to 14 games and marks his 17th multi-hit game of the year.
Gately earned his fourth win of the season after giving up just two runs and scattering seven hits in 7.2 innings of work. The senior struck out five batters and walked just two in 103 pitches. Two more seniors came on in relief for the last couple innings. Colin Cunningham got the final out in the eighth frame and then Mason Belcher pitched the ninth in the win.
Catholic is next in action this Wednesday, April 17 when the Cardinals host St. Mary's (Md.) for an afternoon doubleheader at Robert J. Talbot field. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m.