Zach Leone and Taylor Luckenbill converted sacrifice hits to score runners in the first and third innings to give the Susquehanna University Baseball team an early lead but Rutgers-Camden rallied for five runs in the sixth inning to pull out an 8-3 victory Friday afternoon in a non-conference game in Campbell's Field in New Jersey.
Cameron Ott doubled to lead off the game and moved to third on a ground out before Leone lifted a sacrifice fly to left field to score the first run of the game for Susquehanna (6-8).
In the third inning, Danny Gordon doubled to lead off the inning and moved to third on an infield single by Ott. He scored when Luckenbill sacrificed with a ground ball to the pitcher to give the River Hawks a 2-0 lead.
That lead held until the sixth inning when the Raptors rallied for four hits and scored five times to take a lead. Rutgers-Camden added two more runs in the seventh inning with two-run single with runners on second and third to extend the lead.
The River Hawks tried to rally in the eighth as Gordon connected on his second double of the game to lead off the inning and Ott followed with a walk to put two runners on base. Luckenbill grounded out to the right side of the infield to move the runners into scoring position and Leone lifted his second sacrifice fly of the game to right field to score Gordon from third.
The Raptors got out of the inning and scored another run in the bottom of the eighth to take the 8-3 lead.
Ott and Gordon led the River Hawks with two hits each. Gordon added two runs scored and Leone had a pair of runs batted in. Susquehanna limited Rutgers to seven hits but committed two errors and issued nine walks in the game.
Susquehanna opens the Landmark Conference schedule Saturday against Scranton with a doubleheader that will be played at Harford Community College in Bel Air, Maryland. Scranton and Susquehanna will complete the three-game series Sunday at Juniata College.