Home Runs Hurt River Hawks in 14-7 Loss to Oswego

Home Runs Hurt River Hawks in 14-7 Loss to Oswego

Ben Burman went 4-for-5 with a triple and a home run with three runs scored and two runs batted in for the Susquehanna University Baseball team Sunday but Oswego State erupted for five home runs to post a 14-7 win in a non-conference game at Captains Park in Newport News, Virginia.

Susquehanna (0-3) produced some offense after managing just six hits in its first two games as the River Hawks finished with 10 hits including five extra base hits but Oswego (2-0) had big innings in the third with five runs and again in the eighth with six runs scored to post the win.

The Lakers scored in the top of the first with a two-out single that scored a runner from second but Susquehanna answered in the bottom of the inning. Justin Miller hit a one-out single up the middle and stole second before Cole Luzins walked to put runners on first and second. Burman reached on a throwing error that also allowed Miller to score to tie the game at 1-1.

Oswego hit a pair of home runs in the third for a five-run inning and took a 6-1 edge.

In the bottom of the fifth, the River Hawks pushed four runs across the plate to trim the lead to 6-5.

Ryan Casey started the rally with a one-out double down the left field line and Miller followed with a two-run home run to right centerfield. Luzins walked again and Burman chased him home with a triple past the centerfielder. Cameron Ott lifted a sacrifice fly to left field to score Burman to cap the four-run inning.

Oswego added a run in the sixth and Burman hit a solo home run in the seventh to keep the River Hawks within a run at 7-6.

In the eighth, Oswego loaded the bases and scored the first run on an infield hit before hitting a pair of home runs including a grand slam to take a 13-7 lead.

Jack Carroll led off the bottom of the eighth with a pinch hit home run and each team scored a single run in the ninth for the final score.

Burman had four hits to lead the River Hawks while Miller finished 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBI. Five Susquehanna pitchers combined to strike out 10 batters.

Susquehanna returns to action next weekend with a pair of games in New Jersey. The River Hawks will face Kean University at 11 a.m. Saturday and then play Ramapo College at Kean immediately after the Kean game.