2010 Landmark Conference Championships - Game #1

2011 Landmark Conference Championships

Saturday, May 7th - Monday, May 9th

Blue & Grey Field, Bethlehem, PA


Game #1

#1 Moravian College vs. #4 Susquehanna University

Line Score

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Susquehanna University (14-25) 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 5 9 4
Moravian College (31-7) 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 x 5 10 0



The top seed and host Moravian College opened the 2011 Landmark Conference baseball tournament with a 5-3 win over fourth seed Susquehanna University at Gillepsie Field Saturday afternoon.
            The Greyhounds, who have won 15 straight, move into the winner’s bracket game at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday while the Crusaders will play in the first elimination game at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday.
            Susquehanna jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.  Freshman outfielder Ty Raubenstine (Elizabethtown, PA/Upper Dauphin HS) led off the game with a single, and senior second baseman Justin Portzline (Selinsgrove, PA/Selinsgrove Area HS) followed with a bunt single.  Later in the inning, sophomore designated hitter Nick Ferlise (Toms River, NJ/Toms River North HS) hit an RBI sacrifice fly to score Raubenstine.
            Moravian answered with three runs in the bottom of the first inning.  Junior shortstop Dave Zubia (Bethlehem, PA/Bethlehem Catholic HS) walked to start the inning, and senior outfielder Jason Huber (Bethlehem, PA/Liberty HS) reached on a fielder’s choice.  After an out, senior outfielder Mike Zubia (Bethlehem, PA/Bethlehem Catholic HS) hit an RBI single to score Dave Zubia, and then senior third baseman Jon Baltz (Easton, PA/Easton HS) connected on an RBI single to score HuberMike Zubia scored on a throwing error by the Crusaders.
            The Greyhounds pushed their lead to 4-1 with a run in the bottom of the second inning when sophomore outfielder Rocco Del Priore (Center Valley, PA/Southern Lehigh HS) singled and scored on an error on a ground ball hit by Huber.
            Susquehanna would score a run in the top of the fourth inning when sophomore third baseman Dan Wing (West Chester, PA/Unionville HS) hit a one-out solo homer.
            The Crusaders pulled within a run in the top half of the eighth on a solo home run by Ferlise with two outs.
            Moravian added an insurance run on the bottom of the eighth when Del Priore doubled with two outs and scored on an RBI single by Huber.
            The Greyhounds had a 10-9 edge in hits with Huber going three-for-five with two RBIs and a run scored.  Del Priore was two-for-four and scored twice while Baltz was two-for-three.  For Susquehanna, Ferlise was two-for-three with two RBIs while freshman outfielder Ben Anderson (Mechanicsburg, PA/Mechanicsburg HS) was two-for-four.
            Moravian junior Brendan Close (Bethlehem, PA/Freedom HS) remained undefeated on the mound at 10-0 after allowing three runs on nine hits to go with nine strikeouts.  Close, who now has 100 strikeouts on the seasons, the first pitcher in school history to reach 100 strikeouts in one year, did not allow a walk for the sixth time this season.
            Senior Keith Needham (Lewisburg, PA/Lewisburg HS) took the loss for Susquehanna, giving up five runs, three earned, on five hits and four walks to go with three strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings.  Freshman Matt Smith (Blue Ridge Summit, PA) tossed the final 1/3 of an inning.