BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Susquehanna starting pitcher Spencer Hotaling (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove Area) gave up just two hits as the SU baseball team won the final game of its three-game series at Moravian by an 8-1 score.
The Crusaders (16-6, 7-2), who had lost both games of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Greyhounds (18-5, 9-2), prevented being swept thanks to the arm of Hotaling, who went the full nine innings, and clutch hitting. Hotaling had a no-hitter going through 6.1 innings and finshed with six strikeouts.
The first two batters in the SU lineup – Ty Raubenstine (Elizabethville, Pa./Upper Dauphin Area) and Taylor Luckenbill (Pottsville, Pa./Nativity BVM) – combined for four hits, three runs and three RBI. Designated hitter Kyle Semmel (Burlington Twp., N.J./Holy Cross) had three RBI and one hit.
The game was scoreless through two until the Crusaders pushed three runs across in their half of the third inning. Raubenstine and Semmel both came through with RBI hits while Rob Marcickiweicz’s (Red Bank, N.J./Middletown South) bases-loaded walk allowed the inning’s third run to score.
Hotaling kept his no hitter going and his teammates padded the lead thanks to a five-run sixth inning. Semmel’s one-out single through the left side allowed two runs to score and made it 7-0 and a Moravian fielding error allowed the inning’s fifth run to score as SU came out of the inning holding an 8-0 lead.
The Greyhounds got their first hit of the game with one out in the seventh – a single by Matt Hanson. Hanson later came around to score after a throwing error by Hotaling but Hotaling settled down and got out of the inning without giving up another run to keep it 8-1 in favor of the Crusaders.
Hotaling tossed a one-two-three ninth inning to pick up his second win of the season.
Susquehanna returns home to host Lebanon Valley on April 9 at 3:30 p.m.
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