2010 Landmark Conference Championships - Game #2

2010 Landmark Conference Championships

Friday, May 7th - Sunday, May 9th

Blue & Grey Field, Bethlehem, PA


Game #2

#2 The Catholic University of America vs. #3 Susquehanna University

Line Score

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Susquehanna University (21-18) 0 0 0 2 6 0 0 3 0 11 13 12
The Catholic University of America (22-16) 0 1 3 9 2 3 1 2 X 21 18 0




            BETHLEHEM, PA --- Susquehanna University committed 12 errors—leading to 14 unearned runs—and dropped a Landmark Conference baseball playoffs game, 21–11, to The Catholic University of America at Moravian College’s Gillespie Field on May 7.

Susquehanna (21–18 overall) is the Landmark playoffs’ No. 3 seed and now must work its way through the losers bracket of this double-elimination tournament to reach the championships round. No. 2–seeded Catholic (22–16 overall) moves on to the winners bracket, where it will face No. 1–seeded Moravian College (24–13 overall) on Saturday, May 8, at 9 a.m.

Moravian topped No. 4–seeded Juniata (13–24 overall), 13–0, earlier on May 7 to reach the winners bracket. SU must now face Juniata in an elimination game later on May 7. The winner of that game will play the loser of the aforementioned Moravian and Catholic game in another elimination contest on May 8.

Catholic jumped out to a 4–0 lead after three innings in the May 7 game against SU. Then, with the score at 4–2 in the bottom of the fourth inning, Catholic scored nine more runs to pull away. The Crusaders helped the Cardinals out with three errors in that inning.

Catholic’s junior catcher/infielder Eamonn Burke struck the big blow that inning with a grand slam to right field. Burke finished the game 3-for-5 with a walk, two runs scored and a game-high five runs batted in.

Teammate and junior infielder L.J. Travaglia batted 3-for-5 with a double, two stolen bases, three runs and two RBI. Catholic’s sophomore catcher Dave Grear went3-for-6 with a run and two RBI.

Senior Billy Robbett earned the pitching win despite throwing just one-third of an inning. Robbett got the last out of the fifth inning after starting pitcher and senior Andrew Moldawer completed the first 4 2/3. Moldawer allowed eight runs on 10 hits and three walks while striking out three batters.

Freshman Brian Wendig suffered the loss, allowing six runs on seven hits and two walks over the first 3 1/3 innings.

Junior infielder Justin Portzline led the Susquehanna offense with a 4-for-6 game, including a double and a two-run homer. Portzline scored two other runs and drove in four more. Teammate and senior infielder Zack Brigman went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a hit batsman, a steal, an RBI and three runs scored.

Story supplied by Susquehanna University Sports Information Office