FT. PIERCE, Fla. – The Susquehanna baseball team earned its first victory of the 2013 season by defeating Lebanon Valley 5-3 on Wednesday afternoon. The Crusaders later fell to Elizabethtown 14-4.
The Crusaders (1-7) had eight hits in the win led by freshman Bryan Palsi (Brielle, N.J. / Manasquan) who went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Classmate Rob Marcickiewicz (Red Bank, N.J. / Middletown South) went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Ty Raubenstine (Elizabethville, Pa. / Upper Dauphin), Nick Kennedy (Brookeville, Md. / Good Council) and Mike Rucereto (Washington Twp., N.J. / Bergen Catholic) picked up the other base knocks against the Dutchmen (2-5).
Senior lefty reliever Matt Roe (Freehold, N.J. / St. John Vianney) earned the win on the mound, as he went 2 2/3 innings, striking out two and allowing only one hit.
Gregg Uhlak (Ocean Gate, N.J. / Central Regional) pitched a scoreless eighth inning in his first collegiate action off the mound and Matt Smith (Blue Ridge Summit, Pa. / Wyoming Seminary) closed out the ninth for his first save of the year, shutting the door after walking a pair.
SU lost the second game of the day to Elizabethtown, 14-4. The Crusaders had nine hits against the Blue Jays (3-5) as Palsi yet again led the offense, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Freshman Chris Ryan (Toms River, N.J. / Toms River North) drove in a pair and classmates Dylan Glassmire (Doylestown, Pa. / Central Bucks South) and Ryan Place (Berkeley Heights, N.J. / Governor Livingston) both had one RBI each.
Freshman Alex Branch (Sea Girt, N.J. / Manasquan) was charged with the loss, going four innings and striking out two.
SU is off tomorrow before facing PSU-Behrend in a doubleheader on Friday, starting at 10 a.m.