Baseball Opens Spring Break with Loss to Arcadia

Baseball Opens Spring Break with Loss to Arcadia

AGUIDILLA, PR – The Susquehanna baseball team began its spring break trip in Puerto Rico with a 14-6 loss to Arcadia, despite pounding out 10 hits, four of which went for extra bases.

The Crusaders (1-3) had 10 hits to Arcadia's 11 but six Susquehanna fielding errors led to five unearned runs. Third baseman Bryan Palsi had three of SU's 10 hits, drove in one run and scored two. He was the only Crusader with a multi-hit game as eight other players combined for the 10 hits.

Starting pitcher Cory Fallon went three innings and gave up four runs, three of which were earned. Four other pitchers saw action with James Panzarino picking up the loss after giving up four runs in the without recoding an out in the seventh inning. Reliever Bobby Klatt pitched the final 2.1 innings and was the only SU pitcher that did not surrender a run.

The Knights (3-2) scored two runs in the top of the first but SU countered with a two-run bottom of the first. Palsi's double down the left field line scored Justin Cassinelli for a 2-1 game and an Arcadia fielding error allowed Palsi to score the tying run.

Arcadia plated one run in the third and two in the fourth to take a 5-2 lead. Each team scored one run in the fifth for a for a 6-3 ballgame before the Crusaders broke through with a three-run bottom of the sixth inning that tied the game at six. The big hit in the inning came off the bat of Dylan Jenkins whose double sent home SU's final two runs of the inning to tie the game.

Unfortunately the Knights responded with an eight-run top of the seventh. Jordan Draude came up with a grand slam that made it 12-6 and a Crusader fielding error allowed two more runs to score for a 14-6 Arcadia lead.

SU returns to action March 7 with a 6 p.m. game against Kean.