SELINGSROVE, Pa. – Susquehanna’s baseball team managed a split in Saturday’s doubleheader with Catholic by winning game two 3-0. The Crusaders dropped a close game one, 6-5.
In the second contest, SU (14-21, 3-12) started off the bottom of the first with a single to right center from Ty Raubenstine (Elizabethville, Pa. / Upper Dauphin Area). He later scored off a throwing error by Catholic (23-13, 10-5) to give the Crusaders the lead 1-0.
Jared Musilli (Branchville, N.J. / High Point Regional) started the bottom of the fifth with a walk and later scored thanks to a Raubenstine triple to right center with two outs to increase the lead 2-0.
SU tacked on another run in the sixth to go ahead 3-0. Dan Wing (West Chester, Pa. / Unionville / Catawba) and Ethan Rieker (Lancaster, Pa. / Manheim Twp.) both ripped singles and Zach Place (Towanda, Pa. / Towanda) doubled down the left field line to score Wing.
Closer Matt Smith (Blue Ridge Summit, Pa. / Wyoming Seminary) made the end interesting as he loaded the bases in the top of the seventh, but ended the Catholic rally with a crucial strike out for his fifth save of the year.
Casey Hood (Shrewsbury, Pa. / Susquehannock / IUP) earned the win, going six strong innings while only give up one hit. He also struck out a pair, for his second victory of the year.
SU finished with six hits in game two, led by Raubenstine who went 2-for-3.
In the early game, Susquehanna had a pair of home runs but also gave up two long balls in the 6-5 loss.
The Crusaders jumped ahead 1-0 in the second when Rieker blasted a solo shot to left field, his fourth of the season and 13th of his career. Catholic tied the game at 1-1 with an RBI single in the third.
The Cardinals gained the lead 2-1 after another run scoring single in the fifth. But SU plated four runs in the bottom of the frame. Place cracked a solo homer to left, his first career to tie the game at 2-2.
Nick Testo (Mount Airy, Md. / Avalon) followed with a single and Ken Kayama [Koto-Ku, Japan / Solebury (Pa.)] doubled to deep center field to score Testo and take the lead 3-2. Pat Jennings (Essex Falls, N.J. / West Essex) later picked up an RBI single and Wing blasted a run-scoring double to right center as SU went ahead 5-2.
Catholic scored three runs during the top of the sixth, including a two-run shot to left, tying the game at 5-5. The Cardinals tacked on another in the seventh with another long ball to claim the lead 6-5.
The Crusaders had a runner in scoring position in the bottom of the seventh but two strike outs ended the game.
Place got the starting nod, going 5 1/3 innings, scattering 10 hits and striking out seven Cardinals.
The Crusaders host non-conference opponent Lebanon Valley on Wednesday, April 25 at 4:00 p.m. Three members of the team will be honored for Senior Day.