SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Three first-inning runs by the Susquehanna baseball team sparked the Crusaders to an 8-3 midweek victory over visiting Elizabethtown on Wednesday afternoon.
SU (20-8) outhit the Blue Jays (13-14) by a 13-5 margin, with freshman Dylan Jenkins (Glen Mills, Pa. / Bayard Rustin) leading the offense with a game-high three hits and two RBI. Taylor Luckenbill (Pottsville, Pa. / Nativity BVM), Kyle Semmel (Burlington Twp., N.J. / Holy Cross) and Bryan Palsi (Brielle, N.J. / Manasquan) all had two hits each.
Freshman Bobby Wittemann (Warrington, Pa. / Central Bucks South) earned his second win of the year, as the righty struck out four while allowing one earned run in three innings of work.
Classmates Liam Conboy (Old Tappan, N.J. / Northern Valley Regional), Bobby Klatt (Leonardo, N.J. / Mater Dei Prep), Brett Newman (Washington Crossing, Pa. / Council Rock North) and A.J. Pinto (Bronxville, N.Y. / Fordham Prep) all appeared out of the bullpen and limited Elizabethtown to just two hits and one run the rest of the way.
The Crusaders jumped on the Blue Jays early, plating three in the bottom of the first. Ty Raubenstine (Elizabethville, Pa. / Upper Dauphin Area) led off the frame with a single to left center and later scored on an RBI double down the right field line by Palsi.
Semmel followed with another RBI double, scoring Palsi, and Jenkins cracked a run-scoring single to give SU the 3-0 edge.
The Blue Jays scored on a sacrifice fly in the third to cut into the SU lead 3-1. But the Crusaders answered with one run on three hits in the bottom of the inning, with Jenkins picking up another RBI base knock, to go ahead 4-1.
Elizabethtown got within two, 4-2, scoring on a Crusader error in the fourth. In the bottom of the sixth, Susquehanna plated two runs, including an RBI double by Dylan Glassmire (Doylestown, Pa. / Central Bucks South), to take a 7-2 lead.
SU is now 62-78 against the Blue Jays since the series began in 1930 and 6-17 since 2003. Elizabethtown will join the Landmark Conference in baseball starting in 2015.
The Crusaders take on Drew in a Landmark Conference series, beginning with a doubleheader on Friday at 1 p.m.