MOOSIC, Pa. -- Falling behind in the third inning, the Susquehanna baseball team could not rally against Baldwin Wallace and fell to the Yellow Jackets 4-1 in NCAA action on Saturday afternoon at PNC Field.
The Crusaders (30-13) now play the winner of Misericordia/Wesleyan (Conn.) tomorrow at 12 p.m. with the winner of that contest taking on Baldwin Wallace at 3:30 p.m.
Luc Kocher (Middlebury Center, Pa. / Elkland) suffered the defeat as the righty threw 6.1 innings, scattering seven hits and only allowing one earned runas the senior registered 12 fly outs during his outing. Freshman A.J. Pinto (Bronxville, N.Y. / Fordham Prep) pitched in relief, as the lefty went 1.2 innings.
Bryan Palsi (Brielle, N.J. / Manasquan) and Kyle Semmel (Burlington Twp., N.J. / Holy Cross) both led SU with two hits each. In Palsi's first at-bat of the afternoon, the sophomore cracked a single for his 100th career base knock.SU outhit the Yellow Jackets 9-8 but were plagued by three fielding errors.
The contest was scoreless until the bottom of the third inning when Baldwin Wallace scored two unearned runs with two outs to put SU in a 2-0 hole.
The Orange & Maroon threatened in the fourth, loading the bases with one out. Dylan Glassmire (Doylestown, Pa. / Central Bucks South) drew a walk, Palsi cracked his second hit of the day and Semmel also recorded a base knock.But the Yellow Jackets got out of the inning unscathed as the Crusaders still trailed 2-0.
But the Crusaders cut the deficit in half when freshman first baseman Dylan Jenkins (Glen Mills, Pa. / Bayard Rustin) ripped an RBI double to right in the sixth inning for the Crusaders' lone run.
Baldwin Wallace (28-18) tacked on another run in the bottom of the frame on a sacrifice fly and took a 4-1 lead in the eighth, touching home on a passed ball.
Despite Tom Shields
(Chalfont, Pa. / Central Bucks South) reaching on an
infield single in the ninth, the Crusaders hit into a double play
to end the game.
Following the conclusion of the tournament, Jenkins was named to the All-Tournament Team.