GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Two ninth-inning runs proved critical as
the Susquehanna baseball team defeated Gettysburg 5-4 in a road
game on Wednesday afternoon. The Crusaders used 12 hits and solid
performances from three pitchers to snap a brief, three-game
Starter Matt Lottes (Muttontown, N.Y./Long Island Lutheran) went seven full innings and gave up just two runs while striking out six batters. A duo of relievers, Brian Wendig (West Chester, Pa./Malvern Prep) and Matt Boyd (Camp Hill, Pa./Camp Hill), tossed the final two innings to clinch the win, with Boyd picking up his first save of the spring.
At the plate, Ethan Rieker (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Twp.) went 3-for-4 with a run scored while first baseman Gregg Uhlak drove in three of SU’s five runs. Ken Kayama [Koto-Ku, Japan/Solebury (Pa.)] scored three of those runs and added two hits and one walk for the Crusaders (13-22).
Susquehanna failed to take advantage of two first-inning walks
to Justin Portzline (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove
Area) and Rieker.
Lottes gave up a one-out RBI single in the first to spot Gettysburg a 1-0 advantage but Uhlak knotted it up at one-all thanks to his third-inning sac fly that scored Kayama, who had reached on a single.
Uhlak added two more RBI in the fifth on a double that plated Kayama and Rieker, and Susquehanna was able to tack on two insurance runs in the ninth. The first scored when Pat Jennings (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex) came through with a pinch-hit double down the right field line that scored Kayama to make it 4-2, and a wild pitch allowed another runner to come home.
Those runs proved critical as the Bullets (12-23) plated two runs in their half of the ninth off Boyd but the sophomore left the tying run stranded by getting Nate Simon to ground out to first, ending the game.
Next games: Saturday-Sunday, April 30-May 1 at USMMA