Series Sweep for Baseball

Series Sweep for Baseball

March 24, 2015
Katie Meier

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The Susquehanna baseball team swept its regular season series against Juniata with two wins on Tuesday afternoon. The Crusaders (6-7, 3-2) won game one 8-2 before going to win 5-3 in the nightcap.

Justin Cassinelli (Valhalla, N.Y./Valhalla/SUNY Westchester CC) went a combined 4-for-7 with three hits in game one and Taylor Luckenbill (Pottsville, Pa./Nativity BVM) had three hits and three RBI for the afternoon.

In game one, Cassinelli was 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Zach Leone (Pelham, N.Y./Fordham Prep/University of Massachusetts) also racked up three hits, three RBI and two runs scored.

Starting pitcher Spencer Hotaling (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove Area) picked up his second win of the season with five innings of two-hit ball. Jonny Vizcaino (La Jolla, Calif./Francis Parker) tossed the final two innings and gave up just one hit.

The game started out in SU's favor with a five-run bottom of the first. Leone drove home the first two runs on a double to left center before Kyle Semmel's (Burlington Twp., N.J./Holy Cross) sac fly made it 3-0. Tom Shields (Chalfont, Pa./Central Bucks South) and Nick Kennedy (Brookeville, Md./Good Council) followed with RBI singles for a quick, 5-0 Susquehanna lead.

The Eagles (4-8, 0-6) got back one run in the second when Cody Krepps was hit with a pitch with the bases loaded but the Crusaders plated two runs in their half of the second. Leone drove home the first run and a throwing error allowed Leone to later score and it stood 7-1 after two innings.

Matt Cassinelli (Valhalla, N.Y./Valhalla/SUNY Westchester CC) drove home a run with a single down the left field line in the bottom of the third that scored brother Justin to make it 8-1.

Juniata was able to score another run in the top of the seventh but Vizcaino got the final out to leave one runner stranded and preserve SU's 8-2 victory.

Game two leadoff hitter Danny Gordon (Fairfax Station, Va./South County) went 2-for-3 with two runs scored while Luckenbill added two hits and drove in three of Susquehanna's five runs.

Starter A.J. Pinto (Bronxville, N.Y./Fordham Prep) went six full innings and gave up three runs – none of which were earned – with just one walk and five strikeouts. Liam Conboy (Old Tappan, N.J./Northern Valley Regional) tossed the final inning to pick up his second save of the season.

The Eagles struck first in this game, taking a 1-0 lead on Eric Grace's sac fly to right field. The Crusaders immediately got that run back on Luckenbill's single through the right side.

In the top of the second, a throwing error by Susquehanna allowed Juniata to go up 2-1 and the Eagles added another run in the inning on Chris Shreder's sac fly for a 3-1 game.

Just like the first inning, Susquehanna got both runs back in its half of the inning. Luckenbill's sac fly score Jared Musilli (Branchville, N.J./High Point Regional) to make it a one-run game (2-1) and an error by the Juniata righter field allowed SU to score the game-tying run.

It stood 3-3 until the bottom of the fifth when Dylan Glassmire's (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks South) single through the right side scored Nick Marini (High Bridge, N.J./Voorhees) and in the bottom of the sixth, Luckenbill's RBI single to right field allowed SU to tack on an insurance run.

Conboy gave up a one-out hit in the seventh but got Grace to ground into a game-ending double play.

The Crusaders remain at home to host Wesley on Thursday, March 26 at 4 p.m.