SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The Susquehanna baseball team won a close one at home against the Greyhounds of Moravian College on Sunday afternoon. Trailing 9-4 at after five, the Crusaders rallied to score five runs over the next three innings to win 10-9.
The Greyhounds used a four-run fifth inning to go ahead 9-2 before SU scored at least one run in each of its remaining four half innings.
Down 9-2 in the bottom of the fifth, Zach Leone (Pelham, N.Y. / Fordham Prep/University of Massachusetts) and Bryan Palsi (Brielle, N.J./Manasquan) each hit sac flies to trim Moravian's lead to five (9-4).
One inning later, Tom Shields (Chalfont, Pa. / Central Bucks South) hit a sacrifice fly to score pinch runner Nick Kennedy (Brookeville, Md. / Good Council) to make it a 9-5.
In the bottom of the seventh, Leone singled to right field and two batters later, Palsi hit a line drive over the left field wall for a 9-7 ballgame.
With one out in the top of the eighth inning, Matt Cassinelli (Valhalla, N.Y. / Valhalla/SUNY Westchester CC) stepped in from center field to pitch. He sat down the next two Greyhound batters and the game headed into the bottom of the eighth.
Shields opened the bottom of the inning by reaching on an error and came around to score on Leone's one-out single up the middle. Matt Cassinelli Followed Leone's single with a double down the left field line to plate the game-tying run in Leone.
Palsi and Dylan Glassmire (Doylestown, Pa. / Central Bucks South) walked to load the basses. On a wild pitch by the Greyhound pitcher, Anthony Zaloga, Matt Cassinelli scored the third run of the inning and the ultimate game-winning run.
With two on and two outs in the top of the ninth, Matt Cassinelli struck out Justin Pilchman to end the nail biter.
Justin Cassinelli (Valhalla, N.Y./Valhalla/SUNY) and Leone each had two hits and two RBI while Palsi went 2-for-3 with three RBI. While Moravian had 15 hits to SU's 11, three Susquehanna relievers combined to give up just two runs over the final five innings.
Susquehanna travels to Albright on Tuesday, April 14, for a 4:00 p.m. game.