BY NATE LAWRENCE, STAFF WRITER
The Crusaders baseball team secured their 20th win of the season on Wednesday with an 8-3 win over Elizabethtown. The win came after the Crusaders had dropped two of three to Scranton.
Susquehanna scored three runs in the first inning off E-Town starter Josh Kwak to set the tone of the game. The middle of the lineup produced as sophomore third baseman Bryan Palsi, junior designated hitter Kyle Semmel and freshman first baseman Dylan Jenkins had back-to-back-to-back RBI hits in the first inning.
Right-handed freshman pitcher Bobby Wittemann threw three innings with one earned run to get the victory for Susquehanna. The win brings his record to 2-1 for the year with a 4.87 ERA.
Jenkins went three for four on the day with a double and two RBIs in the contest. The game added to a great start to his career in a Crusader uniform.
The entire Susquehanna lineup chipped in for the day, with eight different starters getting hits. Senior centerfielder Ty Raubenstine, Palsi and junior shortstop Nick Kennedy each scored two runs in the game. Five different Crusaders drove in runs on the day.
Susquehanna gave up three runs in the game, but only one was earned. In the field, the Crusaders committed four errors on the day.
The loss drops Elizabethtown, who will be joining the Landmark Conference in 2015, to 13-14 on the year.
Kwak gave up nine hits in three innings of work for the Bears, taking the loss in the game. The misstep drops his record to 3-1 on the year.
The Crusaders used all freshman pitchers throughout the day. Relief appearances from Liam Conboy, Bobby Klatt, Brett Newman and A.J. Pinto resulted in no runs and only two Elizabethtown hits in six innings of work.
The game foreshadowed good things to come in the next few years from the young Susquehanna pitching staff. The win pushed Susquehanna to 20-8 for the 2014 season.
The team closes out conference play with a three game series against Catholic April 26 and 27. A sweep of the series would bring the Crusaders into a tie with Moravian for first place.