Courtesy of Susquehanna Athletic Communications
Anthony Dombrowski finished a single away from the cycle, Ben Burman picked up three hits and two RBI and Will Carey threw five strong innings in relief as the Susquehanna University Baseball team defeated Scranton 6-5 in a critical opening game to kick off the Landmark Conference playoffs.
How It Happened
- Following two quick, scoreless innings, Dombrowski got it started in the bottom of the third with an RBI double to bring home Chris Corrado. Three batters later, Ben Burman grove in another run with an RBI single to give the team a 2-0 advantage.
- Scranton (17-21) responded immediately, hitting a pair of two-run home runs in the top of the fourth to take a 4-2 lead. The River Hawks (21-16) failed to plate a run in the bottom of the fifth, but brought the lumber in the fifth when Dombrowski and Berger knocked back-to-back home runs. Berger's was long over the fence and curled inside the foul pole.
- With the game tied at four, Will Carey shined in relief. He put several zeros on the board to let the bats create a lead. In the bottom of the seventh inning, Susquehanna pushed two vital runs across the board to retake the lead. Ben Burman and Steve Lorenx provided the spark with run-driving hits.
- Carey worked around a run scored in the eight inning and a base runner in the ninth to help the team come away with a 6-5 win.
Inside the Box Score
- Dombrowski lifted the River Hawks offensively, hitting a double, triple and a home run. Ben Burman also added three hits and two RBI.
- Alex Burman reached base three times as he tallied a hit and two walks. The River Hawks outplayed the Royals on the offensive side of the ball, pounding 14 hits to the Royals' six.
- Carey kept Scranton off-balance all afternoon and threw a very economical five innings. His efforts helped to save several arms for Saturday.
- No one on Scranton recorded a multi-hit game, but Kevin Haag and Kevin Johnson did each have a home run.
Up Next for the River Hawks
- Saturday, May 11th – vs. Winner of Moravian/Catholic – 2:30 p.m. – Volpe Field – Scranton, Pa.