SU Baseball Splits with Ursinus
FORT PIERCE, Fla. – The Susquehanna University baseball
team split a double header with Ursinus College, 4-3, 4-5, on
SU (1-3) trailed Ursinus (1-4), 2-1, going into the bottom of the fifth in Game 1 and strung together three runs to prevail in the opener. Game 2 was a back and forth battle for all seven innings, as eight of the nine total runs were scored between the third and sixth innings for both teams before Ursinus plated the gamewinning run in its final at bat.
In Game 1, sophomore Brian Wendig (West Chester, Pa./Malvern Prep) tossed a complete game and struck out seven batters to give SU its first win of the season. Wendig scattered 10 hits and did not walk a batter.
In the fifth inning of Game 1, the Crusaders put together four hits, highlighted by a two-RBI single by senior infielder Justin Portzline (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove Area). Portzline went 2-for-3 in the opener with two singles.
SU’s senior infielder Geoff Hunter (Sugarloaf, Pa./Hazleton Area) went 3-for-3 in Game 1 with a double and a run scored.
The other three hits in the game were tallied by sophomore outfielder Corey Stirmer (Fulton, Md./Atholton), freshman outfield Dan Wing and freshman catcher Stephen Tamayo (South Orange, N.J.). Stirmer and Tamayo were 1-for-3 , while Wing went 1-for-2 at the plate with a run and RBI. Stirmer also scored a run.
Sophomore outfielder Ken Kayama (Koto-Ku, Japan/Solesbury) was 0-for-2 but was hit by a pitch and scored once.
Junior Matt Lottes (Muttontown, N.Y./Long Island Lutheran) started Game 2 and pitched 3.1 innings. Lottes gave up four hits, one earned run and struck out a batter. Sophomore Matt Roe (Freehold, N.J./St. John Vianney) was the first reliever out of the bullpen and went 1.1 innings and allowed two hits, two earned runs and also punched out one hitter before giving way to junior Jordan Thomas (Westminster, Md./Westminster HS). Thomas also pitched 1.1 innings and surrendered a hit and a run. The final reliever was senior Andy Hergan (Bloomsburg, Pa./Central Columbia), who suffered the loss in 2/3 of an inning. Hergan struck out one and allowed an unearned run.
Crusaders freshman outfield Alex Miskovsky (Manchester Center, Vt.) went 1-for-2 with two runs scored.
Portzline had a 1-for-3 nightcap with a run scored, while junior infielder Ethan Rieker (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Twp.) had a double in two at bats and a RBI.
Junior Calvin Hug (West Chester, Pa./Unionville) had a 1-for-3 Game 2 with a RBI, while sophomore Pat Jennings (Essex Falls, N.J./West Essex) had a single in his long at bat with a game-tying RBI in the sixth.
Freshman outfielder Ben Anderson (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) gave SU the lead with a sacrifice fly later in that inning before the Bears tied the ball game at 4 in the bottom half of the sixth.
In Game 2, SU fell behind, 4-0, in the top of the fourth but answered back with its only two runs of the game in the bottom half of the inning.
In the bottom of the seventh, Ursinus got its leadoff batter on base by way of a single then stole second to set up the gamewinning run.
With the runner on second and one out, a pinch hitter put the ball into the left center gap, which was caught by a diving effort by Anderson, but an errant throw into the infield got away and allowed the runner to score to end the game.
Next Games: Wednesday, March 9, vs. La Roche (double header), 10 a.m.