WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Susquehanna baseball team put together an impressive offensive performance in game one of its doubleheader at Catholic to pick up a win but fell in the nightcap to split Saturday's twinbill.
SU won 10-3 in the opener but dropped a 4-0 decision in game two. SU is now 11-10 on the season with an 8-4 mark in Landmark play.
The Crusaders capitalized on costly Catholic errors, picking up the 10-3 game one win. The Cardinals (15-6-1, 7-5) had six errors in the game and none of starter David Gately's seven runs over 3.2 innings were earned.
Justin Cassinelli (Valhalla, N.Y./Valhalla/SUNY Westchester CC) racked up two hits and scored two runs from the three spot and Matt Cassinelli (Valhalla, N.Y./Valhalla/SUNY Westchester CC)went 3-for-4 with one run scored. Bryan Palsi (Brielle, N.J./Manasquan) drove in two hits on one hit.
Starting pitcher Spencer Hotaling (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove Area) went seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and just two walks.
Susquehanna scored four runs in the first inning, all of which came with two outs. Matt Cassinelli drove in one of those runs with a single and Palsi's single scored the final two runs of the inning and SU came out ahead 4-0 before Hotaling had even taken the mound.
It remained 4-0 until the Crusaders added three more runs in the top of the fourth thanks in large part to one hit and three Catholic errors, including one to lead off the inning.
The Cardinals countered with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. They opened the inning with back-to-back singles and Mike McFarland came up with the big hit in the inning, a two-run single. Hotaling worked out the jam, though, leaving two Catholic runners on base to end the inning.
In the top of the seventh, Susquehanna added three more runs to put the game out of reach.
Game two saw SU pick up just five hits as the team was shut out for just the second time this spring. Palsi and Zach Leone (Pelham, N.Y./Fordham Prep/University of Massachusetts) had two hits each to account for all but one of the Crusaders' hits against pitcher Karan Sinha, who went the full seven innings.
Crusader starter A.J. Pinto (Bronxville, N.Y./Fordham Prep) gave up four runs (two earned) on 10 hits but walked only one batter.
Catholic got to Pinto for one run in the first inning. Eric Scamardel doubled to drive in the only run of the inning before Pinto worked out of a jam as the Cardinals left two runners on base.
In the bottom of the next inning, Catholic scored twice to go ahead 3-0. The first run scored on a fielding error by Palsi at third base and Stefan Poggioli drove home the final run of the inning.
The Cardinals scored an insurance run in the sixth and in the top of the seventh, two SU batters were left stranded at first and second to end the game.
Susquehanna returns to action on Monday, April 6 with a 3:30 p.m. game at Gwynedd Mercy.