KINGS POINT, N.Y. – The Susquehanna baseball team won game two of the doubleheader 6-4 after losing game one 13-5 at Merchant Marine.
In the first game of the day, Bryan Palsi led the offense by going 3-4 at the plate with two RBI's and a double. Zach Leone went 1-3 with two RBI's, a double and one run scored while Josh Cimino was 2-4 with one run scored. Bobby Wittemann pitched three innings in relief and struck out three.
Merchant Marine (6-14, 2-6) scored six runs in the first two innings to take a 6-0 lead. Susquehanna (14-9, 7-1) answered with three runs in the third, one in the fourth and one in the fifth to come within one (6-5). However it was not enough as USMMA scored seven more runs between the fifth and sixth innings to win 13-5.
In the third inning, Leone doubled to score Cimino and Justin Cassinelli before Palsi followed with a single to score Leone. In the fourth inning, Justin Cassinelli hit a sacrifice fly to score Cameron Ott and in the fifth Palsi doubled to score Dylan Jenkins.
In game two, Justin Cassinelli led the offense going 3-4 with two homeruns, three RBI's and two runs scored. Palsi went 2-4 with a double and a run scored while Tom Giaimo went 1-3 with two RBI's and a run scored.
Susquehanna scored first in the second game of the day when Leone singled to score Cimino in the top of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead.
The Crusaders increased their lead to five (5-0) in the fourth when Giaimo singled up the middle to score both Dylan Glassmire and Palsi followed by a Justin Cassinelli two-run homer.
Merchant Marine cut the lead to two (5-3) when the Mariners scored one run in the fourth inning and two in the sixth but it was not enough as Justin Cassinelli hit his second homer of the game to give SU the three run lead (6-3). A bases loaded walk by USMMA in the bottom of the seventh cut the lead to two but it was not enough as Susquehanna held on to win 6-4.
The Crusaders return to action tomorrow, April 3 when they complete the three-game series at Merchant Marine. The game starts at 12:00 p.m