Senior Danny Gordon ripped an RBI single to right field in the eighth inning of game one as the Susquehanna University Baseball team took a 5-4 come-from-behind victory in the opener but fell by a 6-3 score in the night cap in a game that lasted 11 innings Saturday afternoon in a Landmark Conference doubleheader against Elizabethtown on Bollinger Field in Selinsgrove.
Susquehanna (19-13 Overall, 10-4 Landmark) needed to scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the score and force extra innings. Zach Leone hit a run-scoring single and Cory Fallon followed with a sacrifice fly to tie the game in the final inning.
In the eighth inning, Ben Burman opened the inning with a walk and was lifted for pinch runner Chris Corrado. Taylor Luckenbill converted a perfect sacrifice bunt to put Corrado into scoring position and after Nick Berger was hit by pitch, Gordon hit the first pitch he saw into right field for a line drive single and Corrado came around to slide into home for the winning run.
Leone was 3-for-4 and Burman was 3-for-3 at the plate for the River Hawks in the opener. A.J. Pinto picked up the pitching victory with two innings of relief. He allowed three hits with three strike outs.
In the second game, the teams battled to a 3-3 tie after the first four innings of action and neither team was able to push across a run over the next six innings. In the top of the 11th inning, Elizabethtown pit together a pair of two-out hits and took advantage of a River Hawks error to score three times in the inning and held on for the victory to salvage a split in the doubleheader.
Berger was 3-for-4 to lead Susquehanna at the plate while Nathan Madden threw nine innings allowing three runs on eight hits with eight strike outs.
The same two teams will finish the three-game series Sunday with a scheduled nine-inning game starting at 1 p.m. at Bollinger Field.