April 7, 2012

Offensive Struggles Lead to Saturday Losses

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

SELINSGROVE, Pa. -  The Susquehanna bats just could not come up with enough key hits to take down Scranton as the Royals took both games of Saturday’s Landmark Conference doubleheader. SU dropped game one 4-2 and fell 7-2 in the nightcap.

The Crusaders (12-14, 2-6) combined for just 11 hits in the two games. Ty Raubenstine (Elizabethville, Pa./Upper Dauphin Area) and Nick Kennedy (Brookeville, Md./Good Council) accounted for more than half of those hits with three hits apiece on the day.

In the series opener, Zach Place (Towanda, Pa./Towanda) tossed the first four innings and gave up five runs, three of which were earned, but also walked seven batters. Three relievers tossed one inning apiece to close out the game with Spencer Hotaling (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove Area) and Tyler Della Badia (Scotch Plains, N.J./Scotch Plains-Fanwood) not giving up a hit in their respective innings.

The Royals went up 1-0 in the second before SU tied it in the bottom half of the inning on a Kyle Semmel (Burlington Twp., N.J./Holy Cross HS) RBI triple to right center. The Crusaders tacked on a second run in the third thanks to a Dan Wing (West Chester, Pa./Unionville/Catawba) single that plated Jared Musilli (Branchville, N.J./High Point Regional).

Unfortunately, that marked the final scoring of the game for Susquehanna. Scranton broke through for all four of its run in the fifth thanks to just one hit, one error and two walks.

SU was retired in order to end the game.

In game two, Brian Wendig (West Chester, Pa./Malvern Prep) lasted 5.1 innings but gave up four runs, none of which were earned, before giving way to Matt Lottes (Muttontown, N.Y./Long Island Lutheran), who surrendered the final three Scranton runs.

SU again scored first with a two-run third inning. The first run scored thanks to a fielding error with Ethan Rieker (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Twp.) driving in the second run on a sac fly.

The Royals went up 4-2 thanks to yet another four-run inning, this time thanks in part to two and two SU errors in the fifth.

With the Crusaders still down by only two heading into the top of the seventh, Scranton put the game out of reach by scoring three runs on five hits, all credited to Lottes, to pad their lead to five runs (7-2).

SU and Scranton wrap-up the three-game series on Monday with one, nine-inning game at 3 p.m.