Baseball Drops Two to Rangers

Baseball Drops Two to Rangers

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Runs were hard to come by for the Susquehanna baseball team which dropped two games against Drew in the Landmark Conference opener for both squads.

SU (3-7, 0-2) fell 1-0 in a game one pitchers' duel before falling 6-2 in the second game. The doubleheader, originally scheduled to be played March 14, was held at Caven Point Complex in Jersey City, N.J.

The Crusaders were held to just two hits in the 1-0 game one loss. Starter Casey Hood (Shrewsbury, Pa./Susquehannock went the distance, scattering five hits and one run over six innings of work but SU could not provide enough offense to get him the win. Drew starting pitcher Patrick Boyle countered with two-hit shutout.

The Rangers (3-6, 2-0) pushed their only run across in the bottom of the third on an Al Krause sac fly to right field.

Susquehanna left two runners stranded in the fourth and the team was retired in order in the fifth and sixth innings to end the game.

The SU offense continued to struggle in the nightcap. Matt Cassinelli (Valhalla, N.Y./Valhalla/SUNY Westchester CC) accounted for two of the team's five hits with just one of those five hits going for extra bases. Starting pitcher Spencer Hotaling (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove Area) gave up six runs (four earned) on nine hits.

Neither team scored in the first inning and the Crusaders were put down in order in their half of the second inning. In the bottom of that inning, Drew scored four runs on five hits to break the scoreless tie. Anthony Feltre tripled to center to open the inning and Mike Miraglia followed with a double for the first run of the game. Ryan Sabbag's two-run triple to right center plated two more runs and he scored on a Krause's single to account for the fourth and final run of the inning.

Susquehanna got back one of those runs in the top of the next inning. Matt Cassinelli tripled to center and Justin Cassinelli's (Valhalla, N.Y./Valhalla/SUNY Westchester CC) sac fly to center allowed Matt Cassinelli to score for a 4-1 ballgame.

Unfortunately the Rangers responded with two runs in the bottom of the third with Sabbag driving home the second run of the inning to put his team ahead 6-1 after three.

Nick Kennedy (Brookeville, Md./Good Council) led off the fifth with a triple and scored on Jared Musilli's (Branchville, N.J./High Point Regional) sac fly to left field and SU pulled within four (6-2). However, the final six Susquehanna batters of the game went down in order.

The Crusaders are slated to open their home season on Saturday with a doubleheader against Juniata beginning at 1 p.m.