FORT PIERCE, Fla. – A 17-hit outburst translated to eight runs for the Susquehanna baseball squad as the Crusaders defeated the University of Northwestern (Minn.) 8-1 for their seventh-straight win on Saturday afternoon, the longest winning streak for the program since 2010.
SU (7-3) received a solid pitching performance from junior lefthander Casey Hood (Shrewsbury, Pa. / Susquehannock), who threw seven innings of one-run baseball, scattering eight hits while striking out eight, one off his career high of nine set last season.
The Crusaders began the top of the second with bases loaded and no outs as Bryan Palsi (Brielle, N.J. / Manasquan) and Kyle Semmel (Burlington Twp., N.J. / Holy Cross) led off the inning with singles.
However, the Eagles (0-3) knotted the contest at 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth, stringing together three singles in the frame.
But the Orange & Maroon bounced back and went ahead 3-1 in the fifth. Ty Raubenstine (Elizabethville, Pa. / Upper Dauphin Area) and Nick Kennedy (Brookeville, Md. / Good Council) recorded singles before both runners scored on a fielding error by the Eagles' first baseman.
The Crusaders tacked on another run in the seventh, again starting the inning with bases loaded and no outs. Kennedy, Raubenstine and Taylor Luckenbill (Pottsville, Pa. / Nativity BVM) all reached on singles before Dylan Glassmire (Doylestown, Pa. / Central Bucks South) brought Kennedy home on a sacrifice fly to right, putting SU up 4-1.
In the ninth, SU scored four runs on four hits to increase the lead to 8-1. Raubenstine was hit by a pitch followed by Luckenbill and Glassmire, who both reached safely on bunts. Raubenstine would score on an error before Palsi came through with a two-run single to right. Palsi later touched home on a sacrifice squeeze bunt by senior Greg Stellon (Chadds Ford, Pa. / Tatnall School).
Brett Newman (Washington Crossing, Pa. / Council Rock North) relieved Hood in the eighth and threw two scoreless innings for his first career save to hold off the Eagles as SU finished their spring training trip 7-1 in Florida.
The Crusaders are scheduled to play at Albright on Wednesday, March 12 at 4 p.m.