Early Lead Drops Baseball in Season Opener

Early Lead Drops Baseball in Season Opener

Freshman Steve Lorenz had two hits while Craig Roumes and Nick Berger had the only other hits for the Susquehanna University Baseball team as the River Hawks surrendered six runs in the first three innings and dropped a 7-0 decision to Christopher Newport in the first game of the season for Susquehanna Friday afternoon at Captains Park in Newport News, Virginia.

Christopher Newport (6-2) scored a single run in the first inning and added five more in the third including four on a grand slam to take the early lead.

The Susquehanna (0-1) relief pitchers with Sean Rodriguez (2 1/3 innings) and Brendan Damiano (3 innings) held the Captains to just one run for the final five innings of the game.

Lorenz singled up the middle to start the third inning and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Tom Giaimo but was stranded at second as the next two batters were both retired.

In the bottom of the third, Christopher Newport started the inning with a walk, a single and a double that scored the second run of the game. The next batter reached on an error before the second out was recorded on a force out at the plate. With two outs, the next batter hit a home run to left field to clear the bases and give the Captains a 6-0 lead.

Lorenz doubled with two outs in the fifth inning for his second hit of the game but was stranded at second.

Berger had his hit to start the eighth inning but the next two batters struck out and a ground out ended the inning.

Roumes had his hit in the ninth inning on an infield fly between a pair of players but he was eliminated with a double play to end the game.

Rodriguez and Damiano combined for 10 strikeouts and allowed just one run on five hits in relief.

The River Hawks are back in action Saturday with a rematch against Christopher Newport at 2 p.m.