Game 2 Box Score
Game 3 Box Score
KINGS POINT, N.Y. – The Susquehanna baseball team rebounded from a 9-0 conference-opening loss on Saturday to win both games of its Sunday doubleheader against USMMA to take two of three from the Mariners.
SU (5-9, 2-1) won Sunday's first game by a score of 9-3 before taking the series finale 8-7. In the 9-3 victory, starting pitcher Spencer Hotaling (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove Area) went the full seven innings and gave up only three runs (two earned) on nine hits with seven strikeouts and only one walk.
At the plate, Bryan Palsi (Brielle, N.J./Manasquan) and Dan Wing (West Chester, Pa./Unionville) had three hits apiece with Palsi scoring two runs and Wing driving in two.
Each team scored one run apiece in the third and fourth innings before the Crusaders broke out for seven runs in the sixth inning to run away with the game. SU pounded out nine hits in that inning including four-straight to open the inning. Jared Musilli (Branchville, N.J./High Point Regional) had a two-RBI single to center and Palsi had two hits in that inning alone, the second of which plated the final two runs of the inning.
The Mariners were able to add a run in their half of the sixth but Hotaling allowed only one base runner in the seventh and final inning and ended the game with three-straight outs.
In the final game of the weekend, Susquehanna collected another 14 hits that included a 3-for-3 performance from Musilli and two hits and three RBI from Dylan Glassmire (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks South).
The Crusaders used four pitchers in the winning effort. Brian Wendig (West Chester, Pa./Malvern Prep) got the start and went 3.2 innings and surrendered six runs (three earned) on seven hits and three walks.
Tyler Della Badia (Scotch Plains, N.J./Scotch Plains-Fanwood) pitched 1.1 scoreless innings and got credit for the win while Alex Branch (Sea Girt, N.J. / Manasquan) threw three scoreless frames and junior Matt Smith (Blue Ridge Summit, Pa./Wyoming Seminary) pitched a perfect ninth to pick up the save, his third of the season.
After each side plated a run in their respective halves of the first inning, the Crusaders scored three runs in both the second and third innings to go up 7-1. In the third inning, Glassmire accounted for all three runs with a three-run homer to right field that put his team ahead by six runs (7-1).
In the bottom of the fourth, though, USMMA got back six runs on six hits and one SU error as the game quickly turned into a 7-7 contest.
With one swing, Nick Ferlise (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) helped turn the tide back in the Crusaders' favor when he led off the fifth with a solo shot to right field in what ultimately stood as the game-winning hit.
While the Mariners were able to put six more runners on base over the final five innings, none of them crossed homeplate and Smith rebounded after opening the ninth by hitting Jake Martin by getting three-straight outs to end the game.
SU opens its home season on March 22 with a 3:30 p.m. game against St. John Fisher.