CHESTER, Pa. – The Susquehanna baseball team fell 9-4 at Widener on Monday afternoon in SU’s final game before the team competes at the Landmark Conference Tournament beginning May 3.
The Crusaders (25-12) fell in to an 8-0 hole after two innings of play and could not pull off a comeback. Taylor Luckenbill (Pottsville, Pa./Nativity BVM) was 2-for-5 with two RBI while Tom Shields (Chalfont, Pa./Central Bucks South) went 4-for-4 with one run scored. Starting pitcher Eric Soranno (Watchung, N.J./Watchung Hills) pitched the first 1.2 innings and gave up eight runs before giving way to A.J. Pinto (Bronxville, N.Y./Fordham Prep) who tossed the final 6.1 innings and surrendered one run on two hits with seven strikeouts.
Widener (28-11) jumped out to a 4-0 lead after one inning of play and added four more runs in the second inning to take an 8-0 lead after just two innings of play.
SU got on the board in the third inning thanks to a RBI single off the bat of Luckenbill. Luckenbill came through with another RBI in the fourth to make it an 8-2 game.
The Crusaders then put together a two-run fifth inning with Jared Musilli (Branchville, N.J./High Point Regional) and Nick Kennedy (Brookeville, Md./Good Council) both driving in runs to cut Widener’s lead in half (8-4).
Unfortunately, the Pride added another run in their half of the fifth inning to take a 9-4 advantage. Shields had a two-out double in the seventh but was left stranded and the Crusaders were retired in order in the ninth to end the game.
Susquehanna, the No. 2 seed in the Landmark Conference Tournament, faces Catholic on May 3 at 2:30 p.m.
Crusader Baseball Falls at Widener