Zach Leone had a solo home run and Cory Fallon knocked in a pair of runs for the Susquehanna University Baseball team but it was not enough as Keystone College took an early lead and held on for a 6-3 victory Thursday afternoon in the first game of the season on Harold Bollinger Field in Selinsgrove.
Keystone (9-6) opened strong with three runs in the top of the first inning to take an early lead.
Susquehanna (9-9) answered in the bottom half of the inning scoring a pair of runs to trim the lead to one run. Cameron Ott led off the inning with a walk and two outs later, Dylan Jenkins walked to put runners on first and second base. Cole Luzins was hit by pitch to load the bases and Fallon followed with a two-run single to left field.
The Giants added two more runs in the third inning with the help of three walks and a pair of base hits.
The score remained 4-2 until the fifth inning when Leone belted a one out blast over the centerfield fence to trim the lead back to 5-3.
Keystone added an insurance run with a solo home run in the sixth.
The game was called after eight innings due to darkness with the Giants awarded the 6-3 victory.
Leone and Justin Miller were each 2-for-3 in the game and Fallon was 1-for-4 with two runs batted in.
The River Hawks return to the road with a three-game Landmark Conference series at Catholic Saturday and Sunday before returning home Tuesday and Wednesday to host Penn State-Brandywine and King's in back-to-back non-conference games.