Game Two Box Score
READING, Pa. – The Susquehanna baseball team earned a split at Penn State-Berks on Saturday, dropping the first game 10-1 before rallying to win the nightcap 8-6.
The Crusaders (10-9) managed only one run and four hits in the opener against the Nittany Lions (1-12), with two of those hits coming off the bat of Jared Musilli (Branchville, N.J./High Point Regional).
Three pitchers took the mound for SU, as Luc Kocher (Middlebury Center, Pa./Elkland) tossed the first four innings and gave up four earned runs. Matt Boyd (Camp Hill, Pa./Camp Hill) pitched the next 1.1 innings and was charged with six runs on three hits with five walks. Matt Lottes (Muttontown, N.Y./Long Island Lutheran) pitched the final 0.2 innings and gave up just one hit.
SU’s first and only run of the game came in the top of the opening inning as Musilli led off with a double. He eventually came around to score on a RBI groundout by Ty Raubenstine (Elizabethville, Pa./Upper Dauphin Area).
That marked the only scoring of the game for Susquehanna as PSU Berks scored one run in the first, two in the second, two in the fifth and five in the sixth inning.
In game two, the SU bats rallied for eight runs on 10 hits while limiting the Nittany Lions to seven hits and six runs. Nick Ferlise (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) accounted for three of Susquehanna’s hits while driving in two and scoring two runs of his own.
Again, three pitchers saw action for the Crusaders with Zach Place (Towanda, Pa./Towanda) tossing the first three innings and giving up six runs, only two of which were earned. Matt Roe (Freehold, N.J./St. John Vianney) threw the next three innings without giving up a single hit, and Spencer Hotaling (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove Area) picked up the save by throwing a scoreless seventh inning.
The game started out in favor of the Nittany Lions as they scored two runs in the first, three in the second and one in the third to grab the 6-0 lead.
From that point on, the SU pitching staff shut down the Nittany Lions while the team’s bats came alive. The Crusaders plated three runs in the fourth with the big hit coming in the form of a Kyle Semmel (Burlington Twp., N.J./Holy Cross HS) two RBI single.
SU added two more runs in the fifth with RBI hits from Ferlise and Alex Miskovsky (Manchester Center, Vt./Burr & Burton Academy) and a three-run sixth made it 8-6 in favor of the Crusaders, which remained the final thanks to the shutdown effort from Hotaling.
The Crusaders are back home on March 27 to host Elizabethtown at 3:30 p.m.
Baseball Splits with PSU-Berks