Five Cardinals receive All-Landmark Conference honors
WASHINGTON – Fresh off winning the 2011 Landmark Conference championship, CUA placed five student-athletes on the All-Conference Teams, announced on Wednesday. LJ Travaglia received first team recognition, while Dave Grear, Tim Mierzwa, Matt Grieb and Brendan Breslin were named to the second team.
Travaglia earns his second selection to the first team after also receiving the honor in 2009. The Cardinals starting shortstop is hitting .304 on the year with 31 hits, 29 runs scored, 14 RBI and is 9 of 10 on stolen base attempts. Travaglia has five multi-hit games, including a season-best three hits in two games.
In the field Travaglia has totaled 114 assists, 50 putouts and a fielding percentage of .932.
Tied for the team lead in runs batted in with 31, Grear has been one of the Cardinals most consistent run producers all season. He is batting .319 with 43 hits, four home runs, 25 runs scored and 62 total bases, tied for second best on the squad. Grear has 13 multi-hit games and has driven in multiple runs eight times. The CUA first baseman delivered a huge two-run homer vs. Scranton in the Landmark Conference championship game earlier this week.
Grear also has 300 putouts and 16 assists and has committed only four errors all season long, good for a fielding percentage of .988.
An All-Conference selection for the second straight year, Mierzwa is batting .314 with a team-high 44 hits, which includes 10 doubles, as well as 32 runs scored and 21 RBI. He is also 8 of 9 on stolen base attempts. Mierzwa's season-high in hits is three, which he accomplished three times, and overall he has 11 multi-hit games.
From his second base position Mierzwa has totaled 128 assists, 89 putouts and a fielding percentage of .973.
Grieb leads the Cardinals in home runs with seven, and he is tied with Grear for the team lead in RBI (31). The CUA centerfielder is batting .284 with 42 hits, 37 runs scored, a team-leading 72 total bases, and 14 stolen bases, which also lead the Cardinals. Grieb had a season-high five runs batted in vs. Gettysburg and on the year he has five multi-RBI games.
Grieb also has 88 putouts, three assists and a fielding percentage of .948.
In his first season at CUA, Breslin is hitting an even .300 with 39 hits, 26 runs scored, 21 RBI, six doubles and five steals. Breslin has 11 multi-hit games, including five with three hits, and he drove in more than one run seven times. Breslin went 3 for 5 with two runs scored in the Cardinals win over Moravian in the Landmark Conference Tournament, and earlier in the year went 2 for 2 with two runs scored against the Greyhounds.
In the field Breslin sports a .936 fielding percentage to go along with 38 putouts and six assists.
After winning its third Landmark Conference championship in the last four years, CUA will now wait to see where it is sent for the NCAA Tournament. The selection announcement will take place on Sunday, May 15 on NCAA.com.