Baseball Splits on Final Day in Florida

Zach Leone had three hits, two runs and two RBI in the win over Canton.
Zach Leone had three hits, two runs and two RBI in the win over Canton.

The Susquehanna University Baseball team split a pair of games Saturday on the final day of competition in Florida as part of the annual Spring Training trip to Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte, Florida. 

Susquehanna (6-7) dropped the first game of the day, 16-4, to Nichols but bounced back to post a 10-4 victory over SUNY Canton to end the Florida trip. 

In the loss to Nichols, Cory Fallon led the way with two doubles and three runs batted in. Taylor Luckenbill and Dylan Jenkins had the other two hits for the River Hawks and Zach Leone had a pair of runs scored with two walks. 

Susquehanna scored three times in the bottom of the first to take an early lead. Luckenbill singled with one out and Leone and Jenkins followed with walks to load the bases. After Cole Luzins popped out for the second out of the inning, Fallon doubled to clear the bases. 

Nichols scored twice in the second and took the lead with a five-run inning in the fourth. The Bison added to their lead with four runs in the eighth and five more in the ninth. The River Hawks scored their final run in the eighth as Luzins grounded out allowing Leone to score from third. 

In the Canton victory, the Kangaroos scored single runs in the third and fourth innings to take a 2-0 lead before Susquehanna exploded for seven runs in the fifth to break open the close game. 

The first two runs of the fifth came on a balk and a throwing error before Leone brought home the go-ahead run with an RBI double. Leone scored on an error and then Fallon hit a two-run home run. The final run of the inning came on a sacrifice fly. The River Hawks scored seven runs on four hits and four errors in the inning. 

Fallon and Leone finished with three hits and each had a pair of runs batted in. Anthony Dombrowski was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Tom Shields was 2-for-3 with a run scored. 

Sean Rodriguez scattered nine hits over six innings with four runs allowed – two earned – and six strike outs. Liam Conboy picked up the save with three shutout innings of effective relief with three hits allowed and three strike outs. 

The River Hawks return North with the hopes of hosting Rutgers-Camden Wednesday and opening the Landmark schedule with three games against Scranton over the weekend.