Danny Gordon doubled down the right field line to start the bottom of the 10th inning, advanced to third on a wild pitch and came home on a Cameron Ott sacrifice fly to right field to score the winning run as the Susquehanna University Baseball team completed a sweep of the three-game series with Scranton with a 4-3 win Sunday. The game was played at Juniata College due to unplayable field conditions in Selinsgrove.
Scranton (8-8 Overall, 0-3 Landmark) took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning after the teams zipped through a scoreless first three innings. Susquehanna (9-8, 3-0) answered back in the bottom of the fourth with a run to cut the lead in half.
In the fourth, Taylor Luckenbill opened the inning with a double down the right field line and moved to third on a Zach Leone fly out to right field. Dylan Jenkins followed with a single to center field to score Luckenbill for the first River Hawks run of the game.
The Royals scored another run in the fifth to take a 3-1 lead and the River Hawks answered in the bottom half of the inning with a run of their own to make it a 3-2 game.
Cory Fallon started the fifth with a single to left field. He moved to second on a wild pitch and came around to score as the throw from the catcher sailed into center field for a two-base error.
Susquehanna tied the score in the seventh as Jenkins double to start the inning and moved to third on a fielding error as Cole Luzins reached safely after the misplay by the shortstop. Fallon lifted a sacrifice fly to right field to chase Jenkins home.
Both teams threatened to score in the ninth inning. Scranton stranded runners on first and third in the top of the inning and the River Hawks left the bases loaded in the bottom of the inning as the score remained tied forcing extra innings.
In the 10th, Scranton threatened again. After a leadoff single, the runner was picked off first by relief pitcher Nathan Madden. Another Royal connected on a double to center field later in the inning but Madden struck out the next batter to end the inning.
Jenkins and Fallon led the River Hawks with two hits each with Fallon, Jenkins and Ott recording runs batted in. Tyson Thrush started on the mound for Susquehanna and allowed all three runs on eight hits over 4 1/3 innings of work. Jack Kinney took over allowing just two hits in 4 1/3 innings with three strike outs before Madden threw the final 1 1/3 innings with a pair of strike outs to pick up the win.
The River Hawks return to action Wednesday with a single game against Keystone College at 4 p.m. on Bollinger Field in Selinsgrove.