Extra Innings Not Kind to SU Baseball

Extra Innings Not Kind to SU Baseball

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – What was supposed to be two seven-inning baseball games turned into a combined 22 innings of play between Susquehanna and Moravian and unfortunately for the Crusaders, they were on the non-winning side of both decisions.

The Crusaders (15-6, 6-2) fell 5-4 in 10 innings in the series opener before dropping a 3-2, 12-inning decision in the nightcap on Saturday.

In the series opener, SU had just seven hits with two from Dylan Jenkins (Glen Mills, Pa./Bayard Rustin), who also scored a run. Starting pitcher Luc Kocher (Middlebury Center, Pa./Elkland) lasted the first five innings and gave up three runs on six hits. Eric Soranno (Watchung, N.J./Watchung Hills) came on in relief for the next 1.1 innings and surrendered one run. A.J. Pinto (Bronxville, N.Y./Fordham Prep) threw the final three innings and ultimately got credit for the loss as the only run he gave up was the game winner in the 10th.

The Greyhounds led 2-0 after four innings thanks to runs in the first and fourth innings. However, SU broke out for a four-run fifth inning when Jared Musilli (Branchville, N.J./High Point Regional), Nick Kennedy (Brookeville, Md./Good Council) and Ty Raubentstine (Elizabethville, Pa./Upper Dauphin Area) all came up with RBI hits. A Greyhound error accounted for the fourth run in the inning to put Susquehanna ahead 4-2.

Moravian, however, added solo runs in both the fifth and sixth innings and both teams left at least one runner stranded in the seventh inning to send the game to extras.

The Crusaders’ Taylor Luckenbill (Pottsville, Pa./Nativity BVM) was left stranded on first in the 10th before the Greyhounds’ Daniel Seitzinger’s one-out bunt single allowed Justin Pilchman to score the game-winning run which was unearned after a Crusader throwing error had allowed Pilchman to reach base earlier in the inning.

In the second game, the SU pitchers held Moravian (18-4, 9-1) to just six hits but had only eight hits of its own, three of which came from Luckenbill. Kyle Semmel (Burlington Twp., N.J./Holy Cross) and Jenkins had two hits apiece with Semmel also scoring a run.

Starter Casey Hood (Shrewsbury, Pa./Susquehannock) lasted 5.2 innings and gave up just two runs on three hits. Matt Smith (Blue Ridge Summit, Pa./Wyoming Seminary) tossed a scoreless 3.1 innings before giving way to Bobby Wittemann (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South), who went the final 1.1 and was credited with the loss.

Moravian led 1-0 until the top of the fifth when Dylan Glassmire’s (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks South) single up the middle allowed Luckenbill to score after he’d reached base on a one-out single.

Both teams added runs in their respective halves of the sixth inning and each side was retired in order in the seventh to force the second extra-inning game of the day.

SU pitchers stranded two Moravian runners in both the eighth and 10th innings and the Crusaders went down in order in the top of the 12th.

In the bottom of the 12th, the Greyhounds put their first two runners on base and a wild pitch sent runners to second and third with one out. Moravian’s Ryan Luke then popped a ball up to the second baseman down the right field line that was deep enough to allow Anthony Gaetaniello to score the game-winning run.

The teams conclude their series on Sunday with a nine-inning game with first pitch at noon.