Late Rally Falls Short for Baseball

Late Rally Falls Short for Baseball

LA PLUME, Pa. – Down by two runs with two runners on base, the Susquehanna baseball team could not complete its comeback against Keystone College, falling 11-9 on the road.

SU plated one run in the top of the ninth to make it a two-run game (11-9), but with runners on second and third and two outs, Josh Cimino struck out swinging to end the rally.

The Crusaders (24-12) led 8-4 after 4 ½ innings of play but Keystone scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at eight. The Giants (24-8) then scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh which proved to be enough to come away with the win.

Leadoff hitter Justin Cassinelli went 3-for-4 and Tom Giamo had two hits and two runs scored. Starting pitcher Bobby Klatt surrendered eight runs – only four earned – in 4.1 innings of work with three strikeouts. Reliever Nathan Madden, who was credited with the loss, gave up three runs on four hits but finished with three strikeouts over 3.2 innings.

Keystone led 3-0 after two before Justin Cassinelli and Matt Cassinelli both hit solo homers in the top of the third to make it 3-2.

SU then exploded for five runs in the fourth. Justin Cassinelli came through with a grand slam to drive home four of those five runs and Tom Shield's two-out single to right plated the fifth and final run of the inning for a 7-3 Crusader lead.

Keystone got one of those runs back in its half of the fourth before Justin Cassinelli's sac fly in the fifth again gave SU a four-run lead (8-4).

The Giants tied the game at eight thanks to a four-run fifth inning and it remained tied until Keystone plated three runs in the seventh to take the 11-8 lead.

In the top of the ninth, Danny Gordon's one-out double to right center scored Cory Fallon, who had reached on a leadoff walk, for an 11-9 ballgame. Unfortunately, Keystone got out of the inning without allowing another run to secure its 11-9 victory.

Susquehanna is back on the road to face Elizabethtown for a three-game, Landmark Conference series beginning with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on April 30.