Offense Struggles in Series Opening Loss

Bobby Grigas struck out 15 batters to earn the Landmark Conference Pitcher of the Week award.
Bobby Grigas struck out 15 batters to earn the Landmark Conference Pitcher of the Week award.

The Susquehanna University Baseball team managed just four hits and scored twice Saturday night as the River Hawks dropped a 5-2 decision to Catholic University in the first of three games against the Landmark Conference foe. The Saturday night games was played at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy.

Four different players had one hit each for Susquehanna (9-10 Overall, 3-1 Landmark) and the team was held without a hit until the seventh inning.
Freshman Bobby Grigas matched the Catholic (17-4, 5-1) pitchers for the first four innings as neither team was able to generate offense.

The Cardinals broke through in the fifth with a pair of runs with a pair of singles a walk and a sacrifice fly to take the 2-0 lead.

Susquehanna answered in the top of the seventh. Dylan Jenkins opened the inning with a single down the left field line and moved to second when Cole Luzins walked. After a fielder's choice and a pitching change, pinch hitter Ben Burman singled through the right side of the infield to score Luzins.

Nick Berger followed with another single scoring Cory Fallon from third to tie the game.

A pair of singles and an error allowed the go-ahead run to score for Catholic in the bottom of the seventh.

The River Hawks advanced a runner to third in the eighth but could not score and Catholic answered with a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the inning kept the Susquehanna batters off base in the ninth to secure the win.

Six different Catholic pitchers combined for the four-hitter. Jack Kinney was tagged with the loss in relief of Grigas who threw six innings and struck out six Cardinal batters.

The teams will continue the three-game series Sunday at Catholic with a doubleheader set to start at 1 p.m.