SU Batters, Pitchers Shine in Doubleheader Sweep of Drew

SU Batters, Pitchers Shine in Doubleheader Sweep of Drew

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

MADISON, N.J. – The Susquehanna baseball team stretched its win streak to five games with a doubleheader sweep of Drew on Friday afternoon in Madison, N.J. SU won game one by a 6-1 score before going on to capture a 13-1 decision in the nightcap.

The 13 runs are tied for the most scored in a single game this season and are the most scored by SU in a seven-run game this spring. The Crusader pitchers combined to give up just two runs while the Susquehanna batters hit their way to 19 runs on 28 hits.

A strong finish to game one helped propel the Crusaders (22-8, 11-3) to the 6-1 victory as they scored all six runs over the final three innings of the game, including a four-run seventh inning.

Casey Hood (Shrewsbury, Pa./Susquehannock) tossed all seven innings, giving up just one run on five hits with three strikeouts and one walk.

At the plate, five players had two hits in the game. Taylor Luckenbill (Pottsville, Pa./Nativity BVM) was 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Bryan Palsi (Brielle, N.J./Manasquan) drove in two runs on two hits and Jared Musilli (Branchville, N.J./High Point Regional) was 2-for-3 with one run scored and one RBI.

It was actually the Rangers (12-16, 6-7) who struck first, though, as they plated one run in the fourth inning on an Al Kraus sac fly.

That lead did last long. In the top of the very next inning, Musilli drove in the game-tying run with a double down the left field line and a Palsi RBI double the following inning broke the tie and made it 2-1 after six innings of play.

With Hood on the mound, a 2-1 lead may have been safe but the Crusaders left little room for a Rangers comeback after scoring four runs in the seventh inning. Luckenbill’s bases-loaded double to left center sent home three of those four runs and Palsi drove home the fourth and final run of the inning with a single up the middle that plated Luckenbill.

Two Drew players reached base with one out in the seventh but Hood retired the final two batters to pick up his seventh win of the spring.

The second game was a similar story as starting pitcher Spencer Hotaling (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove Area) pitched the first six innings, allowing one run (unearned) on a mere one hit with six strikeouts. Freshman Liam Conboy (Old Tappan, N.J./Northern Valley Regional) pitched the seventh and final inning.

The Crusaders scored at least one run in each of the seven innings. Dylan Jenkins (Glen Mills, Pa./Bayard Rustin) had three RBI in the win while Ty Raubenstine (Elizabethville, Pa./Upper Dauphin Area) and Luckenbill were a combined 6-for-9 at the top of the lineup.

SU got off to a quick start, scoring three runs before Drew had even come to the plate. The Rangers got back one of those runs in the bottom of the first for a 3-1 ballgame.

Susquehanna added runs in the second and third innings to lead 5-1 before scoring another three runs in the fourth inning. Jenkins’s double to left center drove home the final two runs of the inning for an 8-1 SU lead after four.

Runs in the fifth and sixth innings upped the Crusaders’ lead to 10-1 before they broke out for another three-run inning in the seventh. Mike Rucereto (Washington Twp., N.J./Bergen Catholic) drove in the first run of the inning before Ben Miller (Columbia, Md./Hammond) drew a bases loaded walk that made it 12-1. A wild pitch allowed the third and final run of the inning to score for a 13-1 lead.

Conboy came in to get the final three outs of the game and did so by retiring the side in order.

The teams finish up the three-game series on Saturday with first pitched scheduled for noon.