ANNVILLE, Pa. – The Susquehanna baseball team, playing the
first of three games in three days, suffered a 10-5 loss to Lebanon
Valley on Tuesday afternoon.
The Crusaders (12-23) pounded out 11 hits, led by three from Justin Portzline (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove Area), but the Flying Dutchmen (16-17) had 16 of their own to take the win.
Calvin Hug (West Chester, Pa./Unionville) made his first pitching appearance of the season and lasted two innings, giving up eight runs on 10 hits.
A trio of relievers surrendered only two runs over their final
six innings of work.
Lebanon Valley took a 10-0 lead after just three innings,
including an eight-run second inning that essentially proved to be
the difference in the game.
The Crusaders got their first run of the afternoon in the sixth thanks to a Portzline RBI single that scored Ty Raubenstine, who had reached on a two-out walk.
That marked the first of four-straight scoring innings for US. In the seventh, Ben Anderson (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) sent home Ken Kayama [Koto-Ku, Japan/Solebury (Pa.)] on a RBI single. The next inning, Portzline led off with a solo homer to left center and Dan Wing had a RBI single to second to score Ken Kayama, who knocked a one-out double to left center.
The power continued for SU in the ninth when Greg Uhlak knocked a pinch-hit home run over the left centerfield fence to make it 10-5 but the next two Crusaders were retired to end the brief rally.
Next game: Wednesday, April 27 at Gettysburg – 4 p.m.