ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- Sunday's doubleheader had 24 runs, 44 hits, and six errors as Susquehanna's baseball outlasted a 10-win Muhlenberg team and swept the Mules on Sunday afternoon, winning game one 7-6 and game two 7-4.
The first game had a total of 13 runs, 25 hits and four errors as the Crusaders (8-10) held off the Mules (10-7). Casey Hood (Shrewsbury, Pa. / Susquehannock) threw eight innings in the start, earning his second win of the year. The lefty scattered eight hits and gave up two earned runs while striking out five.
Matt Smith (Blue Ridge Summit, Pa. / Wyoming Seminary) earned his fourth save of the year despite giving up two unearned runs, making the game 7-6. He gave up two hits and struck out a pair before the Mules scored twice on a throwing error. But the next batter grounded out to end the first contest.
In the top of the second, Bryan Palsi (Brielle, N.J. / Manasquan) led off with a center field single. The Crusaders looked to score the game's first run after Dylan Glassmire (Doylestown, Pa. / Central Bucks South) singled, but unfortunately, Palsi was thrown out at home to keep the game scoreless.
SU tacked on a run in the third after Jared Musilli (Branchville, N.J. / High Point Regional) walked and later scored from a Ty Raubenstine (Elizabethville, Pa. / Upper Dauphin) RBI single to go ahead 1-0. Raubenstine touched home after a Palsi base knock to right to give the Crusaders a 2-0 edge.
The Mules responded in the bottom half of the third, scoring three runs off four hits to jump ahead 3-2. Rob Marcickiewicz (Red Bank, N.J. / Middletown South) led off the fourth with a single to right center and later made his way to third, but Muhlenberg threw him out at the plate to retain their lead.
In the fifth, Palsi reached on a fielder's choice and Nick Ferlise (Toms River, N.J. / Toms River South) ripped his first career triple to right center, scoring Palsi and knotting the contest at 3-3.
SU began the top of the seventh frame with back-to-back hits as Raubenstine and Nick Kennedy (Brookeville, Md. / Good Council) singled. Dan Wing (West Chester, Pa. / Unionville) gave the Crusaders the lead, 4-3, as the senior singled through the left side, scoring Raubenstine.
Glassmire cracked a base hit and pinch hitter Ryan Place (Berkeley Heights, N.J. / Governor Livingston) drew a walk but the Crusaders were unable to score heading to the bottom half of the eighth where the Mules tied the game at 4-4, scoring on a wild pitch.
The Crusaders scored three runs in the ninth to go up 7-4. Kyle Semmel (Burlington Twp., N.J. / Holy Cross) began the inning with a base hit to right center. Wing followed with an RBI double to left center, plating Semmel and giving SU a 5-4 edge. Glassmire hit a run scoring single to score pinch runner Josh Cimino (Bel Air, Md. / C. Milton Wright) and the Mules threw a wild pitch as Marcickiewicz touched home for the last run of the frame.
In the night cap, senior Brian Wendig (West Chester, Pa. / Malvern Prep) got the starting nod and pitched seven solid innings, giving up six hits, four runs and striking out four, earning his first victory since May 1, 2011 at Merchant Marine.
Muhlenberg trimmed the lead down to 7-4 after scoring a pair in the bottom of the eighth. Freshman Alex Branch (Sea Girt, N.J. / Manasquan) appeared with the bases loaded and one out but worked out of the jam to keep the lead intact.
Smith came in with two on and two out in the ninth to earn his second save of the day and his fifth of the season.
SU scored early to begin the second game. Palsi picked up an RBI base hit, scoring Kennedy and handing the Crusaders a 1-0 edge in the first inning. Semmel led off the second with an infield single. Semmel stole second and Glassmire brought him home with a run scoring single to center to increase the lead 2-0.
Muhlenberg got on the board in the bottom half of the second, cutting the SU lead in half 2-1. In the fifth, Raubenstine stroked an infield single and stole second. Wing picked up another RBI, bringing home Raubenstine giving the Crusaders a 3-1 advantage. Palsi brought home Wing with an RBI double to right field, increasing the lead to 4-1 after five.
Semmel led off the sixth with an infield single and later stole second. Glassmire picked up his second RBI with a base knock to center field and in the process gave SU a 5-1 lead.
The Mules tacked on their second run of the game in the bottom half of the sixth to trim the SU lead to 5-2. But the Crusaders responded in the eighth, plating two more runs courtesy of a Glassmire RBI double and Marcickiewicz run scoring single to jump ahead 7-2.
Weather permitting, the Crusaders are scheduled to host Albright on Tuesday for their home opener at 4 p.m.