Washington, DC – In the midst of the Landmark Conference playoff race the USMMA baseball team split a Friday afternoon double header at Catholic. Warren Hartmann (Wyckoff, NJ) finished the day 5-of-6 at the plate while Cameron Stadele (Alpharetta, GA) launched a key three-run homer in game two of the twin bill. Patrick Morgan (Roxboro, NC) pitched five innings in the second game to earn the win on the mound.
Game 1: Catholic 6 – USMMA 0
Catholic (17-15, 7-6 Landmark) started the scoring with three runs in the bottom of the second inning in game one. Paul Bermester supplied a solo home run and Brett Padula as well as Stefan Poggioli both recorded RBI singles. Mike MacFarland padded the CUA advantage in the third with a two-run double and Bermester rounded out the scoring at 6-0 with a second solo homer in the fifth.
USMMA (16-10-1, 7-7 Landmark) managed just two hits in the opening game, both from Hartmann. Andrew Carroll pitched the seven inning complete game, allowing only two base runners while striking out four batters in the victory.
Game 2: USMMA 6 – Catholic 5
The Cardinals again jumped out to the early lead in game two with runs in the second and third innings. The USMMA offense finally came alive in the fourth inning, the 11th of the day, with Stadele's three-run homer. Richard Kernan (Blythewood, SC) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded later in the frame to give the Mariners their first advantage of the afternoon.
USMMA pushed its edge to 6-3 in the fifth on the strength of a Jake Martin (San Diego, CA) two-run double. Burmester struck again for Catholic with his third solo long ball of the day, making it 6-4 in the fifth. The Cardinals added one more run in the seventh before Stadele nailed down the save to secure the double header split. Morgan picked up his third Landmark Conference win of the year and leads USMMA with a 2.86 ERA in his freshman season.
The two teams will complete their three-game set tomorrow at 11:00 am.