CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – A back-and-forth game ultimately went against the Susquehanna baseball team as the Crusaders fell 10-8 at DeSales on Thursday afternoon.
SU (17-7) racked up 15 hits with Bryan Palsi (Brielle, N.J./Manasquan) going 4-for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored. He was one of five Crusaders with at least two hits in the game. Leadoff hitter Ty Raubenstine (Elizabethville, Pa./Upper Dauphin Area) had two hits and two runs scored and Jared Musilli (Branchville, N.J./High Point Regional) was 3-for-5 with two RBI.
Liam Conboy (Old Tappan, N.J./Northern Valley Regional) started the game and threw the first four innings, giving up just one hit on four hits. Brett Newman (Washington Crossing, Pa./Council Rock North) pitched the next two innings and was tabbed for seven runs on six hits. A.J. Pinto (Bronxville, N.Y./Fordham Prep) tossed the final two innings and suffered the loss after allowing two runs on three hits.
Raubenstine led off the game with a double to left center and eventually scored on a double play ball. SU added another run in the second when Danny Gordon (Fairfax Station, Va./South County) singled through the left side.
The Bulldogs (11-10) made it 2-1 with a run in the fourth before plating three runs in the fifth inning to take a 4-2 lead.
Palsi knocked a homer to left field in the top of the very next inning, though, to cut DeSales' lead to just one (4-3).
The Crusaders then broke out for five runs in the seventh inning. Palsi came through with a three-run double to right center and Musilli's two-run single made it an 8-4 Susquehanna lead.
Unfortunately, the Bulldogs scored six runs of their own in their half of the seventh to take a 10-8 lead with two innings to play.
Susquehanna left runners stranded in both the eighth and ninth innings as DeSales was able to hang on for the win, the first meeting between the schools since 2000.
The Crusaders return home to host Scranton in a three-game Landmark Conference series beginning with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday.
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