ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. – Josh Cimino (Bel Air, Md. / C. Milton Wright), Bryan Palsi (Brielle, N.J. / Manasquan) and Ken Kayama [Koto-Ku, Japan / Solebury (Pa.)] went a combined 8-for-8 at the plate but this wasn't enough offensively as Susquehanna fell at Elizabethtown 15-3 on Wednesday afternoon.
The Blue Jays (13-20) scored three runs in the second and third innings and put up eight runs in the sixth to jump ahead to a 14-0 cushion.
SU (12-19) plated three runs in the top of the eighth to end the shutout. Kayama reached on a bunt base hit followed by a walk drawn by Cimino. Mike Rucereto (Washington Twp., N.J. / Bergen Catholic), appearing in his first game since March 24, hit a two-run triple to right to put the Crusaders on the board.
Rucereto later touched home on a sacrifice fly by Dylan Glassmire (Doylestown, Pa. / Central Bucks South), making the game 14-3.
Southpaw Sam Eramo (Exeter, Pa. / Wyoming Area) got the starting nod and suffered the loss. The Crusaders had 11 hits off the Blue Jays, but were plagued by eight errors.
SU remains on the road, traveling to Neumann tomorrow at 4 p.m.
Game Notes: The Crusaders dropped a 14-4 decision to Elizabethtown in Fort Pierce, Fla. back on March 6. Palsi went 3-for-4 in that contest and Chris Ryan drove in two RBI.
Since their first meeting in 1930, SU is 61-78 against Elizabethtown, who will join the Landmark Conference in 2014.
The game was delayed for ten minutes in the bottom of the seventh when the sprinklers turned on.