Baseball Makes History to Stay Alive in Tourney

Baseball Makes History to Stay Alive in Tourney

AUBURN, N.Y. – The Susquehanna baseball team made history by not only advancing to the championship of the New York Regional but also by setting a program record in single season victories.

The Crusaders captured their 31st and 32nd victories of the spring on Friday night, surpassing the previous single season record of 30 wins, set by the 2014 squad.

Susquehanna defeated Castleton 7-2 in its opening game before defeating No. 8 Ramapo 7-2 in the nightcap. SU (32-15) advances to the championship game of this regional tournament and faces No. 1 Cortland on May 21 at 12 p.m.

Susquehanna's pitchers combined to give up just two earned runs over the two games. In game one, starter A.J. Pinto went just 3.1 innings before leaving the game with arm discomfort. Cory Fallon entered the game with one out in the fourth and went on to pitch the final 5.2 innings.

Dylan Glassmire drove in three runs on one hit and scored three. Matt Cassinelli had two RBI on two hits.

The Crusaders took a 2-0, first-inning lead on a bases loaded walk to Dylan Jenkins followed by a Bryan Palsi sac fly to right field.

SU added another run in the second on a RBI groundout by Glassmire and Matt Cassinelli's single in the fifth allowed Glassmire to score for the 4-0 Susquehanna lead.

In the top of the seventh, Castleton's Taylor Vile singled to left center to score Nick Patierne, trimming Susquehanna's lead to three (4-1) but Fallon got Nick Swim to ground out to first to end the inning with no further damage.

The Crusaders got that run back in their half of the inning on Matt Cassinelli's RBI triple to right center that plated Glassmire.

Castleton (33-12) added another run in the eighth but with runners on first and second and two outs, Fallon got Dylan Bailey to strike out swinging to keep it a 5-2 ballgame.

Glassmire's two-run single up the middle added some insurance runs for the Crusaders in the bottom of the eighth. Fallon got Dan Errico to line out to centerfield to end the game and send SU onto its second elimination game of the day.

Freshman lefty Ryan Beckwith got the starting nod in the second game and went eight full innings, giving up just two runs with four strikeouts and just one walk. Reliever Jack Kinney got the final three outs to secure the win.

At the plate, Tom Giamo drove in two runs on two hits with both RBIs coming on an inside-the-park homer that was part of a four-run seventh inning. Leadoff hitter Justin Cassinelli went 2-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored.
 
The game was scoreless until the top of the fourth when Jenkins scored on a fielding error with two outs.

With runners on first and third and two outs in the bottom of the fourth, Beckwith got Connor Walsh to fly out to left field to keep SU ahead 1-0. Beckwith also got worked of a jam in the top of the fifth when he got Rob DeAngelis to ground out to third with runners on first and second with two outs.

Ramapo finally got to Beckwith in the bottom of the sixth, though. Walsh doubled and took third on a muffed play that enabled Matthew Chemis to score on the play, knotting the game at one.

Susquehanna, however, officially broke the game open with a four-run seventh inning. Giamo came through his a two-run, inside-the-park homerun that handed the Crusaders a two-run lead (3-1) with just one out in the top of the seventh.

Zach Leone drove home another run with a single through the left side that allowed Justin Cassinelli score SU's fourth run of the game. Matt Cassinelli plated another run with a RBI single through the left side that accounted for SU's final run of the inning and gave the Crusaders the 5-1 lead.

Justin Cassinelli's one-out RBI double in the top of the eighth added an insurance run for SU, giving his squad a five-run lead (6-1). An error by the third baseman allowed the Crusaders to tack on yet another run in the inning for a 7-1 ballgame.

Ramapo (35-12-1) added a run with two outs in the eighth but Kinney came in to pitch the ninth inning and worked around a one-out single to retire the final two batters in order.