Crusaders Top Diplomats

Crusaders Top Diplomats

SELINGSGROVE, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall fell to host Susquehanna 7-3 in non-conference baseball action on Tuesday afternoon. The Diplomats drop to 9-7 with the loss, while the Crusaders move to 9-8.

Trailing by seven heading into the top of the ninth, the Diplomats plated three runners -all with two outs in the frame - but the last-inning rally fell short and the Crusaders came away with the 7-3 victory.

The Diplomats managed to put at least one runner on base in seven of the nine innings of play, including five with at least one player in scoring position, but were only able to manufacture scores in the ninth in the defeat.

Susquehanna starter Casey Hood (1-0) pitched seven shutout innings, surrendering just four hits along the way, to allow the Crusaders to take the lead early on and eventually secure the win. 

Ethan Rieker led the way at the plate for the Crusaders. Rieker sent an RBI double to right center in the first inning to give Susquehanna a 1-0 lead, before notching a three-run homer in the third. The senior added another RBI in the sixth with a sacrifice fly as part of another three-run frame for the Crusaders.

Matt Valente (1-2) tossed 5.1 innings on the mound for the Diplomats in the loss. The senior lefthander struck out three and walked three on seven hits. Andrew Green and Collin McCune combined for 2.2 innings of shutout work in relief.

Will Benenson went 3-for-5 at the plate with an RBI for F&M, while J.T. Triantos went 2-for-4 with an RBI and scored once.

Rieker posted a 2-for-3 line with a game-high five RBIs and a home run for Susquehanna. Leadoff hitter Ty Raubenstine went 3-for-5 and crossed home twice, while Calvin Hug and Dan Wing each added RBIs in the win.

The Diplomats jump right back into action tomorrow as they travel to Eastern for a non-conference contest at 3:30 pm.

Susquehanna 7, Franklin & Marshall 3 (Mar 20, 2012 at Selinsgrove, Pa.)
Franklin & Marshall. 000 000 003  -  3  8  1      (9-7)
Susquehanna......... 103 003 00X  -  7 10  1      (9-8)
Pitchers: Franklin & Marshall - Matt Valente; Andrew Green(6); Collin McCune(8) Susquehanna - C.Hood; S.Hotaling (8); M.Smith (9)

Win-C.Hood (1-0)

Loss-Matt Valente 

HR SUSBB - E.Rieker.