Three player hit two doubles each and two others had home runs including Cole Luzins who belted a grad slam leading the Susquehanna University Baseball team to a 13-3 victory over Catholic University Saturday afternoon in an elimination game of the Landmark Conference Tournament in a game played at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC.
Susquehanna (24-18) advances to play Elizabethtown at 11 a.m. Sunday in the championship round of the tournament at Catholic. The River Hawks must beat the undefeated Blue Jays twice Sunday to defend the Landmark Conference title and earn the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Playing at Gallaudet University for the third time in the tournament, the River Hawks relied on an offensive outburst and another solid pitching performance to remain alive in the tournament.
Sean Rodriguez allowed one run on three hits with two strike outs over six innings and George Zirkel pitched the final three innings to pick up the save. The Cardinals (28-14) used eight different pitchers in the game.
The River Hawks scored a run in each of the first two inning to take a 2-0 lead and then jumped out to a 6-0 lead after Luzins connected on a grand slam to left field in the third inning.
Catholic got a run back in the bottom of the third but Susquehanna scored again in the top of the fourth inning to maintain the six-run lead.
There was no scoring in the fifth and sixth innings and the River Hawks scored three more in the seventh to take a 10-1 lead. After Catholic scored twice in the eight, Susquehanna capped the scoring with three more runs in the ninth for the final score.
Leone was 4-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored while Fallon and Tom Giaimo were each 3-for-5. Fallon added three runs and three runs batted in. Luckenbill and Jenkens had two hits each for the River Hawks.