CUA completes sweep of Mariners to improve to 8-1 in Landmark

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KINGS POINT, N.Y. – CUA completed a three-game sweep of Merchant Marine Academy (9-10-1) on Sunday with the Cardinals downing the Mariners 8-4 and 5-4 in a pair of contests.  Dave Grear went 4 for 7 on the day with a homerun and Robin Mowatt and Jack Mahoney earned wins on the mound for the Cardinals (15-10).

In the day's first game CUA took a 1-0 lead in the second when Mark Kalokitis singled home Grear.  L.J. Travaglia's sacrifice fly in the fourth then made it 2-0 Cardinals, but the Mariners scored once in the bottom half of the inning to slice CUA's lead in half.

The Cardinals came right back in the top of the fifth and scored twice to go up 4-1.  Tim Mierzwa led off with a single and Matt Grieb followed with a single of his own.  The runners then moved to second and third and Dan Sullivan's single brought them both home to put CUA in front by three.

Merchant Marine Academy again scored a single run in the bottom half of the inning and that made it a 4-2 game.

In the top of the seventh the Cardinals put some distance between themselves and the Mariners with four runs to break the game wide open.  Mierzwa and Grieb reached on back-to-back errors and Sullivan followed with an RBI single to make it 5-2.

Grieb then came across on a wild pitch to up CUA's lead to 6-2 and Marc Hanna followed with an RBI single to make it 7-2.  With two outs Grear stepped to the plate and he delivered an RBI single to plate Hanna and make it a six-run game.

The Mariners scored twice in the bottom half of the inning but Nick Perotta eventually retired the side and game one went to CUA.

Mowatt earned the win after going six innings, striking out two and allowing only two runs on five hits.  Dustin Thomsen suffered the loss for the Mariners after he went 6.1 innings, and surrendered 10 hits and eight runs during that time.

In the nightcap Merchant Marine Academy took a 2-0 lead in the second with a pair of runs, but CUA came right back with two runs of its own in the top of the third.  Mierzwa scored on a Mariners error and Travaglia plated Grieb with a groundout.

The Mariners went back on top with a single run in their half of the third, but Grear blasted a solo shot to center field in the fourth and the score was tied up at three.

Another single run by Merchant Marine Academy, this one coming in the fifth, made it 4-3 in favor of the home team, but again CUA had an answer as the Cardinals scored twice in the seventh to take their first lead of the game, 5-4.

Chris McCloud led the inning off with a homerun to tie things up at four and Grieb plated Tommy Bowles with a sacrifice fly for the eventual game-winning run.

Three Cardinal relievers, Jack Mahoney, Rob Steinkopf and Hanna, worked the seventh for CUA as the Cardinals improved to 8-1 in the Landmark Conference.

Andrew Caroll went the first five innings for CUA, striking out four and allowing four runs during that time before giving way to Mahoney.  The senior hurler went 1.1 innings and surrendered just one hit, while Steinkopf went one-third of an inning with a strikeout before Hanna came in and earned the save.

CUA opens up a five-game homestand beginning on Wednesday when the Cardinals play host to Bridgewater.  First pitch is slated for 4 p.m.