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April 23, 2004
Vol. 45 No. 21

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Crusaders top Gettysburg, end losing streak

All it took was one big inning for Susquehanna's baseball team's losing streak to come to an end, for the Crusaders to finally win a game at home for the first time in almost a year.

The 8-4 win over Gettysburg concluded a 10-game losing streak, giving Susquehanna its seventh win of the season. The Crusaders haven't had much luck since leaving Florida. This was its first dominating win after coming home from its opening games in the Sunshine State.

Since then, Susquehanna has been taking more beatings than the Expos, as they have won three games out of 20.

In a tied ballgame in the seventh inning, freshman second baseman Eric Damm led off with a single. An error by the Bullets put Damm and senior first baseman Clay Nixon on base with no outs. After a sacrifice bunt, the bases were loaded when senior catcher Bob Haile walked. Sophomore shortstop Chris Mothershed broke the tie with a single to left field, scoring Damm.

After Nixon was called out when he was hit by a line drive by senior third baseman Ben Nyce, freshman left fielder John Curry hit a single scoring Haile and Mothershed.

The bases were then emptied after sophomore designated hitter Matt Reichard hit a triple to put the Crusaders up 8-3.

Susquehanna trailed in the beginning after Gettysburg put up three runs early. After a run in the third, the Crusaders tied it in the fifth when Damm hit a shot to right field, which scored Curry. Damm scored on a single by Nixon.

In his first start at Susquehanna, Damm went 2-for-4 with two runs. Curry had an impressive afternoon by batting 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. Spatz also went 2-for-4 with a run.

The Crusader bullpen fared well after starter Ryan Leneis left the game after two innings. Freshman Jon Martin, sophomore Eric Musser, and juniors Matt Dwyer and Greg Dobson pitched seven combined innings while only giving up a late 9th inning run.

One big inning propelled Marywood to a 7-2 win over Susquehanna on Tuesday.

After Marywood went up by one in the first inning, Susquehanna responded with two of their own in the third. A double by Haile knocked in Mothershed. Haile scored when junior second baseman Adam Donlevie hit a grounder that got past the Pacer infield.

Marywood put the game to bed in the fifth when they scored six runs on seven consecutive hits.

Nyce led the Crusaders by batting 2-for-4 on the game.

On Saturday, Widener swept a doubleheader with two wins over Susquehanna by scores of 4-3.

In the first game, an RBI single in the seventh inning was the winning run for Widener.
Musser pitched nine innings for the Crusaders, giving up two earned runs. The Pioneers, who struggled against Musser, benefited from Susquehanna's poor performance in the field.
Widener opened the game up 3-0 in the first two innings.

Susquehanna responded in the third with three of their own. Nixon put himself in scoring position when he singled up the middle, and stole second and third. After Mothershed walked, senior outfielder Gerohn Lanns knocked Nixon and Mothershed home with a pop fly that the Pioneers centerfielder couldn't onto. An error on Widener allowed Lanns to score.

Susquehanna could only get two runners after the third inning.

Lanns had a 2-for-3 performance with a run and two RBIs and Reichard finished 2-for-2.
In the second game, Susquehanna's sloppy play led to another 4-3 loss. With four errors and stranding 14 runners on base, Widener went home with a sweep despite only having five hits.

A quick Pioneer run was silenced when a solo shot by Haile tied the game. The home run by Haile was his 100th hit as a Crusader; putting him in a category that only 13 other players in Susquehanna baseball history belong in.

After starter Dwyer left in the fifth inning because of injury, Widener made use of two walks to score two runs to give the Pioneers a 3-1 lead that the Crusaders would not be able to overcome.

Susquehanna had two hit performances by Nixon, Mothershed, Haile, Lanns and Reichard in the second game.

Widener added another win a day earlier when they scored nine unanswered runs to beat Susquehanna by a score of 9-4.

The Crusaders opened the game off with a 2-0 lead in the first inning as Haile and Donlevie both recorded RBIs.

That was all Susquehanna would produce against the Pioneers' Tony Meccariello, who threw 149-pitches in a nine-hit complete game, until the game was put out of reach with nine runs by Widener.

Susquehanna was led by seniors Haile, Nixon and Nyce, who all finished with 3-for-5 performances. Donlevie also had a big day, batting 2-for-5 with an RBI.

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