WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Catholic University baseball team came out on the wrong end of another tight game with local foe Marymount (Va.) Wednesday afternoon, losing 4-3 in 12 innings at Nationals Youth Academy Field.
After defeating the Saints 11-10 just a week ago, the Cardinals dropped the rematch. Catholic (26-13) could not convert with runners on base, striking out 19 times and stranding 17 runners as a team. Junior Connor Cozad led the Cardinals with three hits, including a double and one RBI, and senior Bailey Lewis added two hits including an RBI-triple.
Cozad got the scoring started in the second with an RBI bunt single to bring home fellow junior Cid Porter. Marymount equalized in the fourth with a solo homerun.
The Saints took the lead in the fifth after a walk, a couple sacrifice bunts, and two hits brought in two runs to put the hosts up 3-1.
The Cardinals got back into the contest in the seventh after senior Ryan Tracy singled to right field to get on. Lewis tripled to right center for his second hit of the game to score Tracy. Then junior Nolan Lundholm brought Lewis in with an RBI groundout the next at-bat to tie the game at 3-3.
The RBI triple was Lewis' seventh of the year and 12th in his career, making him the current all-time leader in Landmark Conference history. The senior's seven triples in one season also ties Catholic's single season record set by Joseph Maca in 2008. Lewis' two hits marked his 21st multi-hit game of the season.
Neither team could push a run across after the seventh, so the game went into extra innings. In the 12th, Marymount got a leadoff runner on thanks to Catholic's only error of the game. A wild pitch scored the winning run after the Cardinals loaded the bases with an itentional walk.
Freshman Colin Kehoe got his first career start on the mound for the Cardinals. The lefty pitched 4.1 innings, giving up three runs on two hits and two strikeouts. Juniors Eric Moore and Jack Ropelewski and sophomore Ethan Risse tossed a combined 4.1 innings of scoreless ball. Lunhholm kept the deadlock with his three innings of work until Marymount scored a winner in the bottom of the 12th.
The team has one more game against Swarthmore on the road this Saturday, May 4 before the Landmark Conference tournament beginning next Friday, May 10. Matchups have yet to be determined, but the Cardinals will feature as either the second or third seed of the four team double-elimination playoff to be played in Scranton, Pa. Last year, the first-seeded Catholic came out of the loser's bracket to knock off Scranton twice to win its fifth conference championship.