Luckenbill wins weekend series on go-ahead RBI-single

By Kirsten Hatton, Staff writer

The Susquehanna Baseball team took two of three games in a weekend series against Elizabethtown on April 22-23.

Senior second baseman Danny Gordon was the hero for the River Hawks in game one, as his bottom of the eighth RBI single gave the team the come from behind win with a score of 5-4.

The first game of the day was scoreless until Elizabethtown got on the board in the top of the third inning with an RBI triple. The Blue Jays made the score 2-0 with a home run in the top of the fourth.

In the bottom of the fourth, Gordon hit into a double play with no outs and the bases loaded to score sophomore third baseman Ben Burman and cut the lead to one run.

Senior first baseman Cory Fallon responded with a home run in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at two.

In the sixth inning, the Blue Jays were able to score on passed ball by the River Hawks.

Elizabethtown extended the lead to 4-2 when the Blue Jays scored again in the top of the seventh.

Susquehanna rallied in the bottom of the seventh with an RBI single from junior catcher Zach Leone and sacrifice fly from Fallon to tie the game again at 4 apiece.

The River Hawks held the Blue Jays scoreless in the top of the eighth. In the bottom of the eighth, Gordon hit an RBI single to score freshman pinch runner Chris Corrado and win the game for the River Hawks.

The team of freshman Bobby Grigas, junior Jack Kinney, and senior A.J. Pinto pitched the eight innings. Pinto earned the win and is 1-0 on the season.

In the second game of the Saturday doubleheader, the Riv- er Hawks fell to the Blue Jays in an extra inning loss.

In the first inning, Elizabethtown scored on a single to take the 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the inning, Susquehanna responded with an RBI single by Fallon and a sacrifice fly by senior left fielder Dylan Jenkins to take the lead 2-1.

n the second, the battle continued as Elizabethtown hit a two-run RBI single to regain the lead 3-2.

No one scored until the bottom of the fourth inning, when junior short stop Cole Luzin’s RBI single tied the game at three a piece.

The rest of the game was scoreless, so it was forced into extra innings.

In the top of eleventh, Elizabethtown scored three runs on three hits and an error by the River Hawks.

Sophomore Nathan Madden pitched a full nine innings for the River Hawks with eight strikeouts and three runs, while senior Liam Conboy came in to pitch the two remaining innings of the game.

On Sunday, Susquehanna finished off the three game se- ries by celebrating senior day. The team recognized its thir- teen seniors.

In the bottom of the second, senior right fielder Taylor Luckenbill singled down the left field line to score Jenkins to put the River Hawks up 1-0.

The River Hawks added to their lead with two runs in the bottom of the third with and RBI double by Fallon and a groundout by Jenkins to score Leone.

Elizabethtown was able to finally get on the board in the fourth inning when freshman pitcher Sean Rodriguez walked in a run.

Susquehanna added three more runs in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings to increase their lead to 6-1.

The top of the fifth was a big one for the Blue Jays as they score six runs on six hits to take the lead.

Luzins responded in the bottom of the sixth with a home run to left field to tie the game at seven.

In the top of the eighth, Elizabethtown rallied to score an- other run on a fielder’s choice to make the score 8-7.

In the bottom of the eighth, Jenkins hit a sacrifice fly to right field and Luzins was able to score to tie the game at eight. Luckenbill then singled to right field to score Leone to give the River Hawks the go ahead run that would be the winning run for Susquehanna.

Kinney earned the save with a shutout ninth inning.

Susquehanna improves their record to 20-13 overall, and 11-4 in the Landmark.

On April 26, the River Hawks dropped a game to Albright 8-6. Sophomore Ben Burman led the team with four hits and scored two runs.

The River Hawks are back in action next weekend where they will travel to Drew for a weekend series.

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