SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Susquehanna baseball split with Juniata in Saturday’s doubleheader at Bollinger Field. Prior to the contests, nine members of the team were recognized for Senior Day.
SU (14-24, 7-10) dropped game one, 5-3, before winning the second contest 3-2 in eight innings. In game two, Gregg Uhlak (Ocean Gate, N.J. / Central Regional) executed a successful squeeze bunt to score Mike Rucereto (Washington Twp., N.J. / Bergen Catholic) to win in walk-off fashion and salvage a split with the Eagles (10-25, 5-12).
Rucereto started the inning with an infield single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kyle Semmel (Burlington Twp., N.J. / Holy Cross). Rucereto later made his way to third on a wild pitch and touched home on Uhlak’s squeeze bunt single to take game two.
Uhlak finished the game going 2-for-4 and senior Ken Kayama (Koto-Ku, Japan / Solebury (Pa.)) also added a pair of base knocks.
Nick Kennedy (Brookeville, Md. / Good Council) and senior Dan Wing (West Chester, Pa. / Unionville) both had an RBI and freshman Ryan Place (Berkeley Heights, N.J. / Governor Livingston) added a double in fourth.
Matt Smith (Blue Ridge Summit, Pa. / Wyoming Seminary) was the winning pitcher, going two innings in relief. Casey Hood (Shrewsbury, Pa. / Susquehannock) got the starting nod, going 5.1 innings, scattering six hits and allowing one run.
In the opener, Juniata jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the fourth before the Crusaders knotted the game in the bottom of the frame. Dylan Glassmire (Doylestown, Pa. / Central Bucks South) drew a leadoff walk and Bryan Palsi (Brielle, N.J. / Manasquan) followed with a single. Wing cracked an RBI single through the left side and later scored on a balk by the Eagles’ pitcher to tie contest.
The Eagles plated two runs in the sixth to take a 4-2 lead. SU scored one run in the bottom of the inning to make it a one-run game. Nick Ferlise (Toms River, N.J. / Toms River North) singled to right and Wing followed with a double down the left field line. Rob Marcickiewicz (Red Bank, N.J. / Middletown South) drew a walk and Jared Musilli (Branchville, N.J. / High Point Regional) also reached on a walk with the bases loaded to cut the deficit to 4-3.
Juniata plated an insurance run in the seventh and unfortunately for SU, the Eagles relievers sealed the game one win by recording three fly outs to end the threat.
Spencer Hotaling (Selinsgrove, Pa. / Selinsgrove Area) was tagged with the loss as the sophomore went all seven innings, giving up six hits and three earned runs.
The Crusaders and Juniata close out their weekend series tomorrow at 12 p.m.
Prior to today’s doubleheader, nine members of the team were honored for Senior Day.
- Ken Kayama (Koto-Ku, Japan / Solebury (Pa.))
- Pat Jennings (Essex Falls, N.J. / West Essex)
- Matt Roe (Freehold, N.J. / St. John Vianney)
- Brian Wendig (West Chester, Pa. / Malvern Prep)
- Nick Torkildsen (Milford, Pa. / Delaware Valley)
- Nick Ferlise (Toms River, N.J. / Toms River North)
- Dan Wing (West Chester, Pa. / Unionville)
- Tyler Della Badia (Scotch Plains, N.J. / Scotch Plains-Fanwood)
- Gregg Uhlak (Ocean Gate, N.J. / Central Regional)
Since 2000, SU is 11-27-1 against Juniata and the senior class of 2013 is 6-5 against the Eagles.