Baseball Falls Short of Sweep

Baseball Falls Short of Sweep

Box Score

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The Susquehanna baseball team pounded out 11 hits against Juniata in its series finale, but could not pull off the three-game sweep, falling 6-4 on a cold and soggy Saturday afternoon.

The Crusaders (12-21, 7-9) narrowly out-hit the Eagles (14-19, 6-9) by an 11-10 margin with Geoff Hunter (Sugarloaf, Pa./Hazleton Area) going 3-for-4 and Ethan Rieker (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Twp.) adding two hits and scoring two runs.

Juniata pitcher Ryan Morrison went the distance and was able to work around the 11 SU hits and five walks he gave up to improve to 3-0 on the season. He was aided by Johnny Martinez’s two home runs and four RBI.

SU starter Brian Wendig (West Chester, Pa./Malvern Prep) took the loss after giving up four runs in five innings.

Martinez’s first homer of the game, a two-run shot in the first inning, put Wendig and the Crusaders in a 2-0 hole before they even got a chance to bat.

Designated hitter Nick Ferlise (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) came through in the first, though, with a RBI single through the right side to quickly cut Juniata’s lead in half.

Juniata added a run of its own in the second on an Ian Thorne sac fly to make it 3-1.

That remained the score until the fifth when Martinez led off with another shot over the right field fence for a 4-1 ballgame.

The Crusaders were able to bring the lead back down to two runs when they capitalized on a fielding error in the fifth that allowed Rieker to score SU’s second run of the afternoon.

It became a one-run game (4-3) after Justin Portzline’s (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove Area/Allegany J.C.) RBI double to right center scored Ty Raubenstine (Elziabethville, Pa.), who had reached on a walk.

Both teams added solo runs in the seventh and it stood 5-4 heading into the eighth inning. Susquehanna brought in Nick Torkildsen (Milford, Pa./Delaware Valley HS) from the bullpen and he gave up just one hit, but it was a costly one, as Martinez got to him for a RBI single that made it 6-4.

The Crusaders were retired in order in the eighth and were unable to capitalize on a one-out walk in the ninth as Juniata held on for the win to prevent being swept.

Next game: Monday, April 25 vs. Albright – 4 p.m. (Senior Day)