FT. PIERCE, Fla. – Sophomore starting pitcher Casey Hood went 8.2 innings on Saturday as Susquehanna upset No. 13 Keystone 4-1.
Hood surrendered only four hits while striking out nine Giants and allowing one unearned run. Matt Smith came on in the ninth with the bases loaded to complete the win and earn his second save of the season.
The Crusaders (3-8) had nine hits in the contest, as Nick Kennedy went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Dylan Glassmire and Chris Ryan both had two hits apiece.
SU jumped out to an early lead as Kennedy reached on a single and Rob Marcickiewicz was hit by a pitch. Glassmire laced a base hit to left field, scoring Kennedy and giving the Crusaders a 1-0 edge.
The Giants (7-2) tied the game at one in the third and worked the bases loaded. However, Hood struck out the last batter to work out of the jam and keep the contest deadlocked.
The Crusaders tacked on two more runs in the third as Kennedy cracked another single and Marcickiewicz reached on a fielder’s choice. Bryan Palsi singled through the left side, scoring Kennedy. Glassmire advanced the runners a base with a sac bunt and Ryan picked up an RBI with a single to right field that gave SU a 3-1 advantage.
Ty Raubenstine singled up the middle and later stole second to begin the bottom of the fourth. Kennedy brought him home with a base hit to right, making the score 4-1 in SU’s favor.
The Giants looked to threaten in the fifth after a pair of walks issued by Hood, but a crucial 6-4-3 double play helped the Crusaders escape the inning. Hood remained poised on the hill until the ninth, when Smith came in and shut the door on Keystone.