Dylan Jenkins and Cory Fallon connected on home runs and Sean Rodriguez picked up his third win of the season as the Susquehanna University Baseball team opened a doubleheader against Catholic University with a 7-2 victory Sunday but the Cardinals came back to win the nightcap 2-1 as the teams split the three-game Landmark Conference series.
Jenkins was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three runs batted in, Zach Leone was 2-for-2 with two runs scored, a walk and an RBI and Nick Berger finished 2-for-3 to lead the River Hawks (10-11 overall, 4-2 Landmark) in the first game of the doubleheader.
Rodriguez was sharp with 5 1/3 innings of work allowing two runs – one earned – on three hits with seven strike outs for Susquehanna.
Leone had an RBI double in the first inning as Susquehanna took an early lead. Catholic (18-5, 6-1) answered in the bottom of the inning with a run to tie the score.
The score remained tied until the sixth when Jenkins singled home Leone after an inning-opening double. Jenkins would score later as Danny Gordon connected on a two-run double to score Fallon and Jenkins giving the River Hawks a 4-1 lead.
The Cardinals scored another run in the bottom of the inning to trim the lead to 4-2.
In the seventh inning, Jenkins hit a two-run home run with one out as Leone was hit by pitch to start the rally. Two batters later, Fallon hit a solo home run with two outs to extend the Susquehanna lead.
In the second game, the River Hawks were limited to two hits with Taylor Luckenbill and Danny Gordon each hitting singles. Luckenbill scored in the second on a Leone sacrifice fly in the top of the first inning.
Catholic had just six hits in the game and scored a single run in the second inning to tie the score and scored the game-winning run in the sixth with a pair of singles and an error early in the inning.
Susquehanna returns home for a pair of non-conference midweek games with Penn St. Brandywine Tuesday and King's College Wednesday before a weekend series at Moravian.