Moravian Captures Landmark Conference Regular-Season Crown with 5-2 Win over CUA

Moravian Captures Landmark Conference Regular-Season Crown with 5-2 Win over CUA

(May 2, 2010) – Catholic University needed to win one game of its three-game series at Moravian College’s Gillespie Field over the weekend. Instead, it dropped all three and fell into second place in the final Landmark Conference regular-season standings.

The Greyhounds completed their push from two games back when the series began with a 5-2 victory Sunday in Bethlehem, Pa. They improve to 23-13 overall and 14-4 in the Landmark to win their first regular-season title in 18 years.

The Cardinals (21-15, 13-5) suffered their first three-game conference sweep of the season and lost the chance to host the league tournament. They finish as the No. 2 seed and will return to Bethlehem to play third-seeded Susquehanna University on Friday, May 7 at 12:30 p.m.

Top-seeded Moravian will host No. 4 seed Juniata College on Friday at 9 a.m. The losing teams from the first two games will play again Friday and the loser will be eliminated.

CUA has won the only two Landmark Conference Tournament championships, both on the road. This year’s champion will qualify for the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time.

The Cardinals couldn’t get their offense going again Sunday. After producing just 10 hits in Saturday’s doubleheader, the Cards recorded eight hits in game three but stranded nine runners on base. Tim Mierzwa, who went 2-for-4, scored the game’s first run in the top of the first on a two-out RBI double by Eamonn Burke.

CUA loaded the bases with nobody out in the third but was unable to score.

The Greyhounds, who set a school record for wins Sunday, regained the lead with two runs in the fourth and added another in the sixth. The Redbirds drew within one in the eighth when Dave Grear’s two-out single brought Dmitri Deoudes home. Deoudes was hit by a pitch and moved to third on two stolen bases.

Moravian added two insurance runs in its half of the frame after Dave Zubia reached base for the fourth time with a walk. He scored on a triple down the right field line by Kevin O’Keefe (2-for-4). Jacob Millen’s sacrifice fly accounted for the final margin.

Ryan Cummings (2-2) earned the victory by scattering seven hits and striking out seven over 7 2/3 innings. Kyle Longernecker preserved the win with his third save.

Jack Mahoney (2-4) pitched 5 1/3 innings for CUA, giving up three runs and four hits.

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