April 11, 2014
Crusaders take final game of series, 8-1After coming off of a recent 15 game winning streak, Susquehanna's baseball team lost two of three in a series against conference opponent Moravian on April 5 and 6.
In the first game on April 5, Susquehanna lost 5-4 in a 10-inning battle
By the top of the fourth inning, Susquehanna was down 2-0, but with a trio of RBI hits from junior outfielder Jared Musilli, junior shortstop Nick Kennedy and freshman outfielder Taylor Luckenbill, Susquehanna took a 4-2 lead. Moravian got runs in the fifth and sixth innings to tie the game at four.
In the 10th, Moravian got a run for a walk off win.
Moravian 3, Susquehanna 2 (12 inn.)
In the second game, Susquehanna lost 3-2 in 12 innings. Susquehanna's scoring began in the fifth, when sophomore second baseman Dylan Glassmire drove in a run to tie the game at one.
In the next inning, junior shortstop Nick Kennedy drove in a run for Susquehanna to take the lead, but Moravian tied the game in the bottom of the inning, and no more runs were scored until the 12th inning when Moravian scored a run to win the game in walk-off fashion.
Before Moravian scored the winning run, Crusader relievers had combined to throw six innings of shutout baseball after junior starter Casey Hood left the game after hurling 5.2 innings of two-run ball.
Susquehanna 8, Moravian 1
Susquehanna won 8-1 in the third game.
The scoring started for Susquehanna in the third when senior outfielder Ty Raubenstine drove in a run on a single. Two more runs were scored in the inning on a ground out and a walk. Susquehanna added on in the sixth with five runs. It started with a RBI double for Raubenstine, followed by a RBI single from Luckenbill and a two run single by junior designated hitter Kyle Semmel. The scoring that inning ended with a fielding error that scored another run. The only run for Moravian came in the bottom of the seventh.
Junior and Selinsgrove native Spencer Hotaling had a dominant performance on the mound, pitching a complete game and allowing one run on two hits and a walk with six strikeouts.
Hotaling said it was important for him to finish the game.
Hotaling said, "As the game went on, I was focusing on finishing the game myself, especially in the later innings."
Hotaling explained that the support he received from the offense was impressive and had an effect on him mentally. "It was extremely important to grab a win in the last game after losing the first two," Hotaling said.
Susquehanna head coach Denny Bowers said, "Spencer pitched the best game of his season, he dominated the game."
After the series, Bowers said the team has to execute better offensively.
"All our losses were only one play away. The most important thing is hitting with runners in scoring position. We had opportunities, but didn't execute," Bowers said.
Susquehanna will return to the field at home against Scranton on April 12.
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