BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Saturday’s anticipated baseball doubleheader between Susquehanna and Moravian was altered to a single game due to weather and fortunately for the Crusaders, a ninth-inning rally opened the three-game conference series with a 5-4 victory.
Ethan Rieker (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Twp.) was the hitting star for the Crusaders (12-9, 4-2), going 2-for-3, including a home run and a double, with three RBI and two runs scored. Freshman Jared Musilli (Branchville, N.J./High Point Regional) went 1-for-4 with that hit coming in the form of the ultimate game-winning RBI in the ninth inning.
On the mound, Zach Place (Towanda, Pal/Towanda) tossed the first 6.1 innings and gave up four runs, only two of which were earned, on six hits while walking only one batter and striking out three. Spencer Hotaling (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove) came in to toss 1.2 shutout innings and Matt Smith (Blue Ridge Summit, Pa./Wyoming Seminary) closed out the game with a perfect ninth to pick up the save.
The game opened with a one-run inning for SU thanks to a Rieker sac fly and it remained 1-0 until the bottom of the fourth when Moravian was able to push two runs across the plate thanks to two RBI hits.
The Crusaders knotted the game at two-all two innings later on a Rieker homer to left field.
Both teams then put two spots on the board with the Greyhounds adding two in the bottom of the seventh and SU countering with two of its own in the top half of the eighth. The first run came courtesy of a Rieker double and the tying run scored on a wild pitch that sent Rieker home.
The scoring continued in the ninth with what proved to be the game winner when Musilli knocked a single through the left side that scored Kyle Semmel to make it 5-4.
Smith came on to close out the game and retired the side in order to clinch the 5-4 SU victory.
Tomorrow’s doubleheader is slated to being at noon.
Ninth-Inning Rally for SU Opens Weekend with a Win