GRANTHAM, Pa. – The Crusaders surrendered eight runs in the first inning and could never recover as SU dropped a non-conference contest to Messiah 19-8 on Wednesday afternoon.
SU (13-19) scored four runs in the third inning as Ty Raubenstine (Elizabethville, Pa. / Upper Dauphin Area) cracked a double to left field and later scored on an error by the shortstop. Ethan Rieker (Lancaster, Pa. / Manheim Twp.) ripped an RBI double to right field and Greg Uhlak (Ocean Gate, N.J. / Central Regional) picked up an RBI single for the Crusaders.
Susquehanna put three more runs on the board in the sixth including a run scoring single by Mike Rucereto (Washington Twp., N.J. / Bergen Catholic) but the Crusaders could never recover from the first inning defecit.
Rieker went 4-for-5 in the game with two RBI. Jared Musilli (Branchville, N.J. / High Point Regional) went 2-for-2 and Raubenstine went 2-for-3.
The Crusaders host Landmark Conference opponent Catholic over the weekend, starting with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 21 at 1:00 p.m.