SCRANTON, Pa. – Starting their third Landmark Conference series, Susquehanna baseball dropped a pair of decisions at Scranton on Saturday afternoon. SU fell in game one 3-1 and dropped game two 6-4.
In game one, the Royals defeated SU 3-1 as the Crusaders were limited to only two hits against senior starter Robert Della Polla.
One of those hits, however, was a solo home run by senior Nick Ferlise (Toms River, N.J. / Toms River North) to lead off the second inning, his 14th career round tripper, giving SU a 1-0 lead. The other base knock was by Rob Marcickiewicz (Red Bank, N.J. / Middletown South), a right field single also in the second.
Scranton scored all three of their runs in the bottom of the fourth off starter Spencer Hotaling (Selinsgrove, Pa. / Selinsgrove Area). The sophomore righty went six innings, scattering five hits while striking out seven and walking only one Royal.
In the second contest, Casey Hood (Shrewsbury, Pa. / Susquehannock) was tagged with the loss, going 4.2 innings, scattering five hits, allowing four earned runs, walking three and striking out seven.
The Royals jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning on an RBI double to right field. But SU bounced back and tied the game at 1-1 in the fifth. Marcickiewicz smacked a singled to center and later scored on an RBI single by Ty Raubenstine (Elizabethville, Pa. / Upper Dauphin). Raubenstine later stole second followed by a walk drawn by Dan Wing (West Chester, Pa. / Unionville) but unfortunately both runners were left stranded to end the scoring threat.
Scranton went ahead 2-1 after an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth and the Royals tacked on three more runs to lead 5-1 after five innings of action.
But SU rallied in the top of the sixth, plating three runs to make the contest a one-run ballgame (5-4). Ferlise led off with a single, followed by Kyle Semmel (Burlington Twp., N.J. / Holy Cross), who drew a walk. Both runners later advanced bases on a wild pitch by the Royals.
Dylan Glassmire (Doylestown, Pa. / Central Bucks South) drove in Ferlise with a sacrifice fly to center field and Marcickiewicz cracked a run-scoring double to bring home Semmel and make the game 5-3.
Marcickiewicz later touched home on a throwing error by the Scranton shortstop to complete the scoring for the Crusaders in the sixth. The Royals scored once more in the bottom of the frame after a throwing error by SU’s pitcher to go ahead 6-4.
The Crusaders and Royals complete their weekend series with a nine-inning game at 12 p.m. tomorrow.