WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Susquehanna’s baseball team ended a six game losing streak on Tuesday, defeating non-conference opponent King’s (Pa.) 3-2.
SU (13-15) started the first inning with an RBI single to left field by Ethan Rieker (Lancaster, Pa. / Manheim Twp.) to go ahead 1-0.
The Monarchs (9-16) tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the second with an RBI double.
SU went ahead 2-1 in the top of the fourth from an RBI double off the bat of Nick Kennedy (Brookeville, Md. / Good Council).
Rieker led off the top of the sixth with a double followed by a single from Nick Ferlise (Toms River, N.J. / Toms River North). Ferlise put the Crusaders on top 3-1 after scoring off an error by the catcher.
The Crusaders loaded the bases in the top of the seventh but could not capitalize however, leaving the runners stranded on base.
King’s cut the lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth after an error by SU allowed a runner to score.
But closer Matt Smith (Blue Ridge Summit, Pa. / Wyoming Seminary) sealed the victory by striking out the side in the bottom half of the ninth, earning his fourth save of the season.
Luc Kocher (Middlebury Center, Pa. / Elkland) registered the win, his second of the year. Kocher pitched 7 2/3 innings, scattering eight hits while striking out three, walking three and allowing only one earned run.
Rieker ended the game with two hits. Pat Jennings (Essex Falls, N.J. / West Essex) recorded his first hit of the season and Zach Place (Towanda, Pa. / Towanda) cracked a double for his first career hit as he started at first base, his first action away from the mound this year.
The Crusaders head to Landmark Conference foe Drew for three games, starting with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 14 at 1:00 p.m.