SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The Susquehanna baseball team won its 15th-straight contest on a rainy Saturday afternoon, taking two from visiting PSU-Berks. The Crusaders won game one 12-2 and held off the Lions in game two, winning 2-1.
SU (15-3) has tied the longest winning streak in Landmark Conference history, as Moravian won 15 straight back in 2011.
In game one, sophomore Bryan Palsi (Brielle, N.J. / Manasquan) cracked a grand-slam in the fifth while classmate Dylan Glassmire (Doylestown, Pa. / Central Bucks South) ripped a two-run shot to right in the sixth, the first home runs for the Crusaders this season. Palsi's long ball was the first of his career, while it was the second for Glassmire.
Junior Spencer Hotaling (Selinsgrove, Pa. / Selinsgrove Area) earned his first win of the year, as the righty threw six innings, surrendering just two runs on four hits and striking out four.
After falling behind 1-0 to the Lions (4-10) after one inning of play, SU plated three in the bottom of the third. Jared Musilli (Branchville, N.J. / High Point Regional) and Ty Raubenstine (Elizabethtville, Pa. / Upper Dauphin Area) led off with consecutive walks and both would score on a single to right by Glassmire.
Rob Marcickiewicz (Red Bank, N.J. / Middletown South) picked up an RBI single to center in the bottom of the fourth to increase the SU lead to 3-1. Nick Kennedy (Brookeville, N.J. / Good Council) began the fifth with a double to left followed by a base knock by Taylor Luckenbill (Pottsville, Pa. / Nativity BVM). After a Glassmire walk, Palsi ripped a drive to left for the grand slam, putting SU ahead 7-1.
In the bottom of the sixth, Raubenstine cracked a two-run single to center, scoring both Musilli and Kennedy. After a run-scoring triple to left center by Luckenbill, Glassmire nailed a two-run homer to right putting SU up 12-2.
In game two, junior lefty Casey Hood (Shrewsbury, Pa. / Susquehannock) earned his fifth victory of the spring as the southpaw went six innings and struck out seven. Hood gave up three hits, surrendering the first hit to the Lions in the fifth.
Senior closer Matt Smith (Blue Ridge Summit, Pa. / Wyoming Seminary) earned his eighth save of the season, setting the new program record for single-season saves, set by Smith in 2013 and Ben Leonard in 2010. Despite giving up walks to the first two batters and giving up one run, Smith was able to shut the door on the Lions.
Two runs in the top frame was all the offense the Crusaders needed. Raubenstine led off with a walk and Luckenbill followed being hit by a pitch. Palsi then came through with a run-scoring single through the right side. Luckenbill eventually scored on a passed ball as SU jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and held off the PSU-Berks rally.
SU is scheduled to travel to Wesley on Tuesday, April 1 for a 4:00 p.m. contest.