Catholic Scores Twice in Ninth for Win
St. Mary's City, Md. - Back-to-back two-out doubles by outfielders Dimitri Deoudes (Darnestown, Md./St. John's College [D.C.]) and Cory Hudson (Beltsville, Md./Gonzaga) drove in two runs in the ninth to lift the Catholic University baseball team to a 16-14 non-conference victory over St. Mary's College of Maryland Thursday afternoon.
Freshman closer Matt Siciliano (Ardmore, Pa./Lower Merion) relieved sophomore RHP Adam Shenk (Baltimore, Md./Western Tech) to start the ninth and then retired Catholic's first two batters with a pair of grounders. Then freshman infielder Timothy Mierzwa (Laurel, Md./Reservoir) had a bunt single and advanced to second on an error by Siciliano. Deoudes connected on a double to left center to score Mierzwa. Hudson then followed suit with a double down the right field line to bring home Deoudes. Siciliano got senior infielder Joseph Devine (Medford Lakes, N.J./Shawnee) to ground out to second base to end the inning.
Junior Michael Bzozowski (Westhampton, N.J./Moorestown) notched the win on the mound for Catholic (16-18) as Bzozowski (2-4) held St. Mary's to just one run on two hits in 2.0 innings.
Bzozowski relieved sophomore Kevin Emmons (Garwood, N.J./Arthur L. Johnson) in the eighth with runners on second and third and no outs. After giving up a two-run single and an RBI double, Bzozowski retired the next two batters with a grounder to second and a strikeout before walking junior second baseman Lyle Kralle (Great Mills, Md./Great Mills). Bzozowski ended the inning with a pop fly to centerfield.
Hudson had a solid performance for the Cardinals as the 5-6 senior went 4-for-5, including a double, with three RBI and three runs scored. Senior outfielder Bobby Picardo (Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Middletown South) connected on three hits for the visitors, scoring three runs and driving in one.
Catholic jumped out to a 3-2 lead after the first inning before a five-run second inning gave St. Mary's (14-19) a 7-6 edge. The game was tied 9-9 after four innings and then the Cardinals regained a 14-9 advantage with two runs in the fifth and three in the sixth. The home team responded with a run in the seventh and four in the eighth to knot it at 14-all. The two squads combined for 30 runs on 32 hits and eight errors.
Siciliano (0-5) was tagged with the loss after giving up two runs on three hits in 1.0 inning. At the plate, junior leftfielder Justin Rabon (Charlotte Hall, Md./La Plata) went 4-for-5 with three RBI and two runs. Sophomore right fielder Bobby Corton (Owings Mills, Md./Calvert Hall) had three hits, including two doubles, for two RBI and a run.
The Seahawks return to action this Saturday when St. Mary's makes the trek to western Maryland to take on Frostburg State University in a non-conference doubleheader with the first pitch slated for noon.