CUA comeback falls just short in 10-9 loss at Scranton

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SCRANTON, Pa. – Down 8-2 to Scranton, CUA staged a furious rally, scoring seven times in the seventh and eighth innings to tie the score at nine, but the Royals scored the eventual game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth and held on for a 10-9 win on Tuesday.  Matt Grieb had a big day at the plate for CUA with two extra base hits and four RBI.

Scranton scored twice in the bottom of the first to take an early 2-0 lead but Tommy Bowles singled in Mark Kalokitis in the next half inning and CUA was within one.

The Royals answered with three more runs in the bottom of the second and they added three more the next inning to jump in front 8-1 after three.

CUA slowly began to creep back into it with a solo homerun by Kalokitis in the sixth to cut the deficit to 8-2.

In the seventh the Cardinals got even closer, scoring three times to make it 8-5.  With one out, Dan Sullivan doubled and Grieb was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second.  Tim Mierzwa was next and he singled in Sullivan to cut the Royals lead to four.

LJ Travaglia followed with a single of his own, which plated Grieb and Mierzwa, and that made it a three-run game.

Scranton scored once in the seventh to go back in front by four, but CUA responded with a four-run eighth inning, beginning with a Brendan Breslin single.  Kalokitis doubled to put runners on second and third, but the next two Cardinals were retired.

That brought up Sullivan, who walked, and then Grieb stepped to the plate with the bases loaded.  The Cardinals centerfielder unloaded the bases with a grand slam and the Cardinals bench erupted in celebration as CUA tied things at nine.

With new life CUA looked to steal a win on the road, but the Royals had other plans, as they scored the game-winning run in the bottom half of the eighth.  Chris Stallone led off with a walk and was bunted into scoring position by Richard Pohl.  Chris Velazquez was then sent into pinch-hit but he struck out.

Following a walk to David Giglio, Tim LeCompte came to the dish and he delivered a single, which plated Stallone and made it 10-9.

Down to their final at bat, the Cardinals were retired 1-2-3 in the ninth and the Royals walked away with a three-game sweep.

Robin Mowatt started the game for CUA on the hill and went six innings, struck out five and allowed eight runs on nine hits.  Thomas Travaglia suffered the loss after he gave up one run on two hits in 1.2 innings.  Nick Perrotta and Marc Hanna also pitched for CUA. 

Corey Gorman started for Scranton and he went 6.1 innings, struck out nine and allowed five runs on seven hits.  Rocky Sawyer earned the win after he went 1.1 innings, did not allow any hits or runs and struck out three.

CUA will return to the diamond on Thursday afternoon when the Cardinals play host to Stevenson at Talbot Field.  First pitch is slated for 4 p.m.  On Saturday CUA will host Landmark Conference foe Moravian in a doubleheader beginning at noon.