Crusader Baseball Drops Two to Elizabethtown

Crusader Baseball Drops Two to Elizabethtown

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The Susquehanna baseball team dropped its Saturday doubleheader against Landmark Conference opponent Elizabethtown. SU fell 5-2 in game one before falling 1-0 in the nightcap.

With the losses, the 2014 Landmark Conference champion Crusaders were officially eliminated from postseason competition.

SU (16-17, 9-11), which honored its seven seniors prior to the start of game one, fell behind 2-0 in one game and could not overcome the deficit.

Nick Kennedy (Brookeville, Md./Good Council) had two hits and one run scored while Tom Shields (Chalfont, Pa./Central Bucks South) had one hit and one RBI.

Starter Casey Hood (Shrewsbury, Pa./Susquehannock) – one of the seniors honored prior to the game – pitched all seven innings and gave up five runs, none of which were earned, on nine hits with three strikeouts.

The Blue Jays (24-12, 13-7) plated two runs in the top of the second with two RBI hits.

SU got one of those runs back in the bottom of the second when an error on a bunt by Bryan Palsi (Brielle, N.J./Manasquan) allowed Zach Leone (Pelham, N.Y./Fordham Prep/University of Massachusetts) to score.

In the top of the next inning, though, Elizabethtown scored another two runs to pull ahead 4-1.

Shields' RBI single in the bottom of the fifth scored Kennedy to make it a two-run game (4-2) but the Blue Jays added an insurance run in the top of the sixth to make it 5-2.

The Crusaders put its first two batters on base in the seventh inning but the next three batters were retired in order to end the game.

Game two was a pitchers' duel as SU senior Spencer Hotaling (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove Area) tossed seven innings of one-run ball. Unfortunately, his counterpart – Kevin Elwell – tossed a two-hit shutout as Elizabethtown picked up the 1-0 run.

The game was scoreless through five innings before the Blue Jay's Tyler Weary homered with two outs and no one on base to make it 1-0.

Susquehanna was retired in order in the seventh and left one runner stranded in the seventh.

SU and Elizabethtown conclude their series on Sunday with a nine-inning game beginning at noon.