Late Rally Clinches Playoff Spot for Baseball

Ryan Beckwith earned the win over Drew as the River Hawks came from behind for the victory.
Ryan Beckwith earned the win over Drew as the River Hawks came from behind for the victory.

Freshman Craig Roumes doubled home the tying run and Nick Berger followed with a single to score Roumes with the go-ahead run in the eighth inning for the Susquehanna University Baseball team and the River Hawks held on for the 3-2 win Sunday afternoon at Drew University in the final Landmark Conference game of the season for Susquehanna.

The win clinched a playoff spot for Susquehanna (21-16 overall, 12-6 Landmark). The River Hawks could finish as high as tied for first (second after tie-breaker procedure) or as low as fourth as several teams have makeup games scheduled for next weekend to complete the conference schedule. The lowest the River Hawks could finish is in a tie for fourth with Elizabethtown but Susquehanna holds the tiebreaker over the Blue Jays.

On Sunday, runs were few and far between for the first seven innings as starters Bobby Grigas for Susquehanna and Jeff Serin for Drew (24-12, 10-5) were both very effective.

Drew took a 1-0 lead in the second inning with a bases loaded sacrifice fly.

The River Hawks answered in the top of the third inning as Zach Leone connected on a one-out home run to left centerfield.

Over the next three innings, Dylan Jenkins had the only hit for either team and only two batters actually reached base during the stretch.

Drew manufactured a run in the seventh to take a 2-1 lead with a single, a sacrifice bunt, a fly out to center and another single.
In the top of the eighth inning, Susquehanna put together a two-out rally to take the lead.

With two outs, Taylor Luckenbill reached on a fielding error by the second baseman and Roumes followed with a double to the gap in left centerfield to chase home Luckenbill with the tying run.

Berger followed with a single down the leftfield line to score Roumes but Berger was thrown out at second to end the inning but not before the River Hawks took the lead.

Drew threatened in the bottom of the eighth but relief pitcher Ryan Beckwith was able to get a ground out to end the inning with two runners left on base.

After a 1-2-3 inning for the River Hawks, Drew threatened again in the ninth. The Rangers took advantage of a fielding error and a pair of singles to load the bases with one out. With the infield playing in, a weak grounder toward third allowed Ben Burman to throw home to get the force out and Leone completed the double play with a throw to first base to end the game.

Cory Fallon led the River Hawks with a 2-for-4 day at the plate. Grigas allowed two runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings and Beckwith picked up the win with 2 1/3 shutout innings.

The River Hawks will host York for a single game Thursday and close out the regular season with a game added to the schedule at Navy next Sunday.