The Susquehanna University Baseball team scored eight times in the first three innings to build an early lead and the tandem of Bobby Grigas and James Panzarino combined to shut down Moravian as the River Hawks posted a 12-4 victory Saturday in the first game of the three-game Landmark Conference weekend series with the Greyhounds at Gillespie Field in Bethlehem.
Susquehanna (12-11 overall, 5-2 Landmark) used three singles and four walks in the top of the first inning to score four runs. Dylan Jenkins, Cole Luzins and Ben Burman each singled for the River Hawks.
The River Hawks manufactured two more runs in the second to take a 6-0 lead as Susquehanna took advantage of two more walks, an error and a wild pitch.
In the third inning, the River Hawks score two more runs with three more walks and a hit by pitch and Susquehanna built an 8-0 lead.
Moravian (9-13, 4-4) scored a run in the bottom of the third, one more in the fifth and two in the sixth to cut the lead in half at 8-4 after six.
The River Hawks added a pair of runs in the eighth and ninth innings for the final score.
Nearly the entire lineup had hits for the River Hawks as Luzins led the way with a 3-for-5 day. Cory Fallon, Nick Berger and Burman each had a pair of hits. Luzins knocked in three runs while Jenkins, Fallon and Danny Gordon each had a pair of runs batted in to lead the offense.
Grigas went six innings with four runs on six hits and five strikeouts to earn his fourth win of the year while Panzarino worked the final three shutout innings to record his first save of the season. He surrendered just three hits in the relief appearance.
The River Hawks and Greyhounds will finish the three-game series with a pair of seven-inning games Sunday at Moravian.