READING, Pa. -- With the weather finally cooperating, Susquehanna's baseball squad played its first games since last Saturday and came away with a split at PSU-Berks. The Crusaders dropped the first game 4-3 but won the second, 5-1.
In the game two victory, the Crusaders (6-10) pounded 12 hits as four different players had two hits apiece. Luc Kocher (Middlebury Center, Pa. / Elkland) got the win on mound, going all seven innings, scattering eight hits, allowing one run and striking out five Lions (4-7).
SU went ahead 1-0 in the first after a Bryan Palsi (Brielle, N.J. / Manasquan) RBI single. PSU-Berks knotted the game at 1-1 in the second after stringing three hits together in the inning.
The Crusaders' bats came alive in the fourth with three runs on five hits. Nick Ferlise (Toms River, N.J. / Toms River South) and Chris Ryan (Toms River, N.J. / Toms River South) both cracked singles and Greg Stellon (Chadds Ford, Pa. / Tatnall School) picked up an RBI single.
Jared Musilli (Branchville, N.J. / High Point Regional) followed with another RBI single and Ty Raubenstine (Elizabethville, Pa. / Upper Dauphin) came up with a two-run base knock to center, putting SU up 4-1.
Kocher recieved an insurance run in the seventh after Ferlise ripped a single to right, scoring Nick Kennedy (Brookeville, Md. / Good Council) for a 5-1 cushion.
In the first contest, SU had nine hits as senior Dan Wing (West Chester, Pa. / Unionville) went 3-for-4 with an RBI and one run scored. Palsi and Dylan Glassmire (Doylestown, Pa. / Central Bucks South) both had two hits apiece.
Sophomore Spencer Hotaling (Selinsgrove, Pa. / Selinsgrove Area) was charged with the loss as he threw six innings, giving up two earned runs on seven hits while striking out five.
The Crusaders took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second after Palsi singled up the middle and scored when Wing doubled to right field.
The Lions plated three runs on three hits and two errors in the bottom of the third to take a 3-1 lead. But SU responded with two runs in the fourth. Musilli picked up an RBI on a fielder's choice and Ken Kayama (Koto-Ku, Japan / Solebury (Pa.)) later scored on an error by the shortstop to tie the contest at 3-3.
PSU-Berks regained the lead in the fifth, 4-3. Glassmire and Raubenstine both singled in the sixth but were unfortunatley stranded on base. Wing picked up his third hit of the game in the seventh, but the Lions closed out the first contest.
SU remains on the road tomorrow, playing at Muhlenberg starting at 12 p.m.