SCRANTON, Pa. – The Susquehanna baseball team dropped two games at Scranton in a Landmark Conference doubleheader, falling 7-6, 5-2.
In game one, the Crusaders scored first in the top of the second inning. Matt Cassinelli (Valhalla, N.Y. / Valhalla/SUNY Westchester CC) led off with a single to left field and immediate stole second to put himself in scoring position. Dylan Jenkins (Glen Mills, Pa. / Bayard Rustin) hit a double to right center field to score Cassinelli. Scranton, however, answered in the bottom of the second by putting two runs on the board to take a 2-1 edge.
In the fourth, Susquehanna loaded the bases when three batters were hit by a pitch. Nick Kennedy (Brookeville, Md. / Good Council) followed with a single to left field scoring Bryan Palsi (Brielle, N.J. / Manasquan). The next batter walked, scoring Jenkins and putting the Crusaders up 3-1.
The Royals scored their own run in the bottom of the inning, though, to tie the game at three.
In the fifth inning, Susquehanna lead off with back to back home runs from Justin Cassinelli (Valhalla, N.Y. / Valhalla/SUNY Westchester CC) and Zach Leone (Pelham, N.Y. / Fordham Prep/University of Massachusetts). Jenkins then doubled to right field and Dylan Glassmire (Doylestown, Pa. / Central Bucks South) singled to left field to score Jenkins.
Scranton scored one run in the bottom of the inning to bring the score to 6-4 still in favor of the Crusaders.
The Crusaders would not score again but the Royals would score three in the bottom of the seventh to win the ball game 7-6.
Justin Cassinelli led Susquehanna with three hits and Jenkins contributed with two.
In game two, Scranton scored one run in the bottom of the first. Susquehanna answered in the top of the fourth to tie the game at 1-1. Justin Cassinelli walked, advanced to second on a balk, and then stole third to score when Matt Cassinelli singled to left field.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Royals scored again before the Crusaders tied the game at two in the sixth. Justin Cassinelli walked and scored when Leone doubled to left field. However, Scranton put the game out of reach when the Royals scored three more runs in the bottom of the sixth to lead 5-2.
Glassmire led the Crusaders in hits with two while Leone and Matt Cassinelli totaled one RBI apiece.
The three-game series concludes on Sunday with first pitch at noon.