The same two teams that battled to 8-6 and 10-9 decisions last year in the NCAA New York Regional Tournament had another high-scoring close game Saturday as SUNY Cortland scored three times in the last three innings to post an 11-8 victory over Susquehanna University in a non-league game played at Christopher Newport University in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Susquehanna (0-2) battled back-and-forth with Cortland (2-1) all afternoon in a game that lasted nearly four hours. Cortland scored in the first inning and the River Hawks tied it in the second as each team scored single runs.
The Red Dragons pulled ahead with three in the top of the third but Susquehanna answered with two in the bottom of the inning on a Zach Leone two-run home run.
The River Hawks jumped ahead 5-4 with another two runs in the fifth before Cortland struck for four runs in the sixth to regain the advantage. Susquehanna made it 8-7 with two runs in the bottom of the sixth and each team scored a run in the seventh to make it 9-8 in favor of Cortland.
The Red Dragons added a pair of runs in the ninth for the final score.
Susquehanna finished with 14 hits on the day but had three runners thrown out at home during different rallies.
Cole Luzins led the River Hawks at the plate with a 4-for-5 effort with a run scored and a run batted in. Nick Berger, Anthony Dombrowski, Dylan Jenkins, Cory Fallon and Leone each contributed a pair of hits with Leone and Fallon hitting home runs. Leone and Fallon had two RBI each and Jenkins scored twice.
Ryan Beckwith started the game on the mound and went four innings allowing four runs (one earned) on four hits and seven walks and also struck out four batters.
The River Hawks complete the trip to Virginia Beach Sunday with a rematch against Christopher Newport at 1 p.m.