Baseball Falls Late at Christopher Newport

Baseball Falls Late at Christopher Newport

NEWPORT NEWS, Pa. – The Susquehanna baseball team narrowly missed out on going 2-1 on its road trip when Christopher Newport rallied to win 8-6 over SU on Sunday afternoon.

The Crusaders (2-1) led 6-3 heading into the bottom of the fifth but undefeated Christopher Newport (8-0) put together a five-run bottom of the seventh to win 8-6.

Zach Leone had another big day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a homerun and three RBI . Tom Giamo was 3-for-4 with two runs scored.

Susquehanna used six pitchers in the loss. Starter John Cooley went 3.1 innings and gave up two runs on six hits with three strikeouts. Reliever Bobby Wittemann surrendered three runs without recording an out and Bobby Klatt took the loss after giving up the tying and go-ahead runs with only one of those runs earned.

Each team plated a run in the first inning. Leone drove in the first run of the game on a RBI single to left center that scored Danny Gordon, who had led off the game with a single down the right field line.

SU briefly took the lead in the top of the third on Gordon's sac fly that made it 2-1. The Captains tied the game in the bottom of the fourth, though, and took a 3-2 lead with another solo run in the fifth inning.

The Crusaders responded with two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings. In the sixth inning, Matt Cassinelli drove in the tying run with a single through the left side and Dylan Glassmire's sac fly to left field made it a 4-3 ballgame.

In the top of the next inning, Leone blasted a two-run home run to left field to give Susquehanna a three-run cushion (6-3).

Unfortunately for SU, Christopher Newport put together a five-run bottom of the seventh to erase its deficit. The Captains scored the five runs on five hits and one Crusader error to grab the 8-6 lead.

SU was retired in order in the eighth and ninth innings and the Captains came away with the victory.

Susquehanna returns to action when the Crusaders travel to Puerto Rico March 6-13 during spring break.