The combination of extra base hits and solid pitching led the Susquehanna University Baseball team to a pair of wins over Scranton to open the Landmark Conference schedule Saturday afternoon in a doubleheader played at Harford Community College in Bel Air, Maryland.
The games, originally scheduled to be played in Selinsgrove, were moved to the neutral site due to field conditions. The same two teams will complete the three-game series at Juniata Sunday afternoon.
Susquehanna (8-8 overall, 2-0 Landmark) exploded for 17 hits including seven extra base hits to cruise to a 13-0 win in the first of two seven-inning games. In game two, Scranton (8-7, 0-2) tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the second inning before the River Hawks answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning to close out the scoring for a 4-2 win in a tight pitching battle.
In the opener, Cole Luzins was 4-for-4 with two runs and two runs batted in while Zach Leone was 3-for-3 with two runs and three RBI and Taylor Luckenbill was 3-for-4 with three runs scored to lead the offensive attack.
Freshman Bobby Grigas improved to 3-0 with the complete-game shutout victory allowing just four hits and striking out five.
Fallon and Miller hit back-to-back home runs in the five-run first inning and Leone hit a two-run homer in the third inning.
In game two, all the scoring took place in the first two innings.
Susquehanna scored a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the first inning due to an error with two outs as Luckenbill and Dylan Jenkins both scored to give the River Hawks an early 2-0 lead.
Scranton tied the score in the top of the second with a two-run home run but the River Hawks capped the scoring in the bottom half of the inning with back-to-back run scoring doubles by Ott and Luckenbill.
From that point, Susquehanna relied on the pitching arm of Sean Rodriguez as he scattered five hits over the final five innings and finished with the complete-game allowing two runs on seven hits with three strike outs.
Luckenbill led the offense going 2-for-3 at the plate with a double, a run and a RBI. Ott and Luzins added doubles while the three players had a stolen base each.