From the HCC sports desk:
CATONSVILLE, Md.—Two unearned runs in the fifth inning proved to be the deciding factor as the Harford baseball team fell to CCBC-Catonsville, 5-3, on Wednesday at Catonsville.
The Fighting Owls (6-4, 1-2 MDJUCO) trailed the Cardinals (4-4, 2-0 MDJUCO) by just one run going into the bottom of the fifth, but an Owl error allowed one run to score and put a second Catonsville runner in scoring position for the ensuing sacrifice fly, which gave the Cardinals a 5-2 lead.
Harford would tack on one more run in the top of the seventh, but would be held hitless in the eighth and ninth innings as Catonsville pulled out the 5-3 victory.
Sophomores Joe Harbach (Abingdon, Md./Edgewood) and Willie Barnola (Barquisimeto, Venezuela/UEC J.G. Bastidas) were the only Harford players with multiple hits as Harbach went 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run and Barnola was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.
Sophomore Mike Rappazzo (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) (1-1) suffered the loss after giving up five runs (just three earned) on six hits and striking out two in five innings.
On the Cardinal side, Brett Bowers led the way, going 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored, while Austin Poretz registered a two-run homer in the fourth. Zach Lucas earned the win on the hill, allowing just two runs on seven hits, while fanning six batters in five innings of work.
The Fighting Owls return to action this weekend as they host Salem for a doubleheader on Saturday and Massachusetts Bay on Sunday.