ARLINGTON, Va.— With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and a tied ballgame, senior Karlis Graubics put the Marymount (Va.) University baseball team in the win column in walk-off fashion, knocking in the game-winning run on an infield bouncer for the 9-8 victory over Catholic University on Thursday afternoon.
The Cardinals made things interesting in the top of the ninth, scoring two runs off a double to tie the game at seven all. With a runner on second, sophomore Conner Hall stepped up big on the mound. Catholic's Christian Jones managed to reach third on a passed ball, but Hall put the batter away with a strikeout to end the inning.
Sophomore Luke Tyree got the offense moving in the bottom of the ninth with a single to the shortstop. Tyree used his speed again to steal both second and third, putting himself in scoring position with two outs. Senior Brandon Orbe reached first after being hit by a pitch, and stole second on the next pitch.
Graubics then stepped in with the chance to win the ballgame. Picking up two strikes in the box and two outs, the senior cracked a hard ball into the ground that shot up over the top of the pitcher and rolled toward the second baseman. Graubics took off down the first-base line, sliding into first to beat the throw and score Tyree for the win.
The Saints remained hot on the offensive end throughout the nine innings. Marymount had jumped ahead with a four-run lead in the bottom of the first. The blue and white took advantage of their speed on the bases, and several Cardinal errors to rake in the four runs.
CUA added three runs on the scoreboard after Brennan Cotter hit a three-run homer over the right-center fence in the top of the third. In the bottom half of the frame, senior Marlon Mitchell followed a double by senior Roy Coates, with a high and deep shot over the left-field fence for two more runs, 6-3, for his second homerun of the season and his collegiate career.
Catholic's Paul Burmester added another homerun of the game to get back within two, 6-4. The Cardinals added one more run in the top of the sixth, 6-5, but Marymount answered in the bottom of the seventh, pushing ahead by two before CUA tied the game up in the top of the ninth.
Junior Kaden Darrow went 4-for-5 at bat, and Mitchell and Graubics added two RBI apiece on the offensive end. On the defensive end, Hall earned the win on the mound, improving to 4-0 on the season.
The Saints will host Bridgewater (Va.) College for a twin bill on Saturday, April 29 for Senior Day. First pitch is set for 12 p.m., while the Senior Day ceremony will start up at 11:25 a.m.