Extra-Inning Setback for Crusader Baseball

Extra-Inning Setback for Crusader Baseball

MOOSIC, Pa. – The Susquehanna baseball team saw rival Scranton overtime a 4-0 deficit to defeat the Crusaders 7-6 in 11 innings.

SU (14-15, 9-9) jumped out to a 4-0, first-inning lead but scored just two runs the remainder of the afternoon.

Starter A.J. Pinto (Bronxville, N.Y./Fordham Prep) went just 3.2 innings, giving up four runs on six hits. Relievers Eric Soranno (Watchung, N.J./Watchung Hills) and Bobby Klatt (Leonardo, N.J./Mater Dei Prep) tossed four shutout innings before Jonny Vizcaino (La Jolla, Calif./Francis Parker) tossed the final 3.1 innings and gave up the game-winning run in the 11th.

Kyle Semmel (Burlington Twp., N.J./Holy Cross) drove in three runs on two hits while Zach Leone (Pelham, N.Y./Fordham Prep/University of Massachusetts) and Matt Cassinelli (Valhalla, N.Y./Valhalla/SUNY Westchester CC) each had two hits and one RBI.

The Crusaders wasted no time in taking the early, first-inning lead. With two on and two out, Cassinelli drove in the first run and two batters later, Semmel stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and knocked a bases-clearing double to left field for a 4-0 SU lead.

The Royals (17-12, 13-5) pulled within two on Tommy Trotter's two-run home run in the bottom of the third but Leone's RBI single to center in the top of the fourth extended Susquehanna's lead to three (5-2).

However, Scranton out-scored the Crusaders 5-1 over the remainder of the game. The Royals added two runs in the bottom of the fourth to make it a one-run game (5-4).

SU got back one of those runs on Tom Giamo's (Gillette, N.J./Watchung Hills Regional) single to left in the top of the fifth that plated Bryan Palsi (Brielle, N.J./Manasquan).

The Crusaders maintained their two-run lead (6-4) until the bottom of the seventh. The Royals' first run of the inning scored on an error and Brian Healy's two-out single to left scored the second run of the inning to tie at six after seven innings of play.

Susquehanna left one runner on base in the ninth while the Royals stranded two in their half of the ninth, sending the game to extra innings.

Scranton had a chance to win it in the 10th but with two runners on base and two outs, Vizcaino got Zach DIngam to ground out to second.

In the top of the 11th, Ross Danzig led off with a single. Healy singled and Danzig came around to score after an error by Palsi, thus ending the game.

Susquehanna returns home to host Rutgers-Camden on April 21 at 4 p.m.