Baseball Sees Five Players Earn All-League Status

Baseball Sees Five Players Earn All-League Status

MADISON, N.J. – Five Susquehanna baseball players were recognized by the Landmark Conference on Wednesday afternoon as two Crusaders were named to the First Team and three more received Second-Team nods.

Junior infielder Ethan Rieker (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Twp.) and sophomore third baseman Dan Wing (West Chester, Pa./Unionville) were represented on the first team while sophomore designated hitter Nick Ferlise (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North), senior shortstop Geoff Hunter (Sugarloaf, Pa./Hazleton Area) and freshman reliever Matt Smith (Blue Ridge Summit, Pa./Wyoming Seminary) picked up second team honors.

Rieker had what was easily his best year in a Crusader uniform. He led the team with his .389 batting average (51-for-131) and put up team-best numbers in doubles (14), home runs (7), total bases (88), slugging percentage (.672), stolen bases (9) and runs scored (26). Rieker also struck out just six times in 131 at-bats and boasted a team-high on-base percentage of .412 in his 35 games played.

Among conference players, Rieker ranked first in total bases, second in doubles and third in both hits and home runs as this marks his first career all-league accolade.

Wing also had a solid year at the plate for SU, batting .314 with 38 hits in his 121 at-bats. He had 10 doubles to his credit, along with three home runs, and drew a team-leading 13 walks and scored 16 runs. Wing also drove in 15 runs in the 36 games in which he played.

In what was unquestionably a solid follow-up to his 2010 Rookie of the Year campaign, Ferlise ended the year as one of six Susquehanna players to bat at least .300, finishing with a .311 average. He was just behind Rieker in doubles with 12 while also chipping in five home runs to help give him a team-high 28 RBI and a .515 slugging percentage.

Hunter played a steady shortstop for SU and had a career-year offensively to receive his first all-league honor. Hunter started 33 of the 36 games in which he played and finished the year batting a personal-best .294 with 30 hits, 17 runs scored and 13 walks. A career-high five of those hits were doubles.

Finally, Smith marked the lone Crusader pitcher to pick up all-conference recognition. The freshman reliever made 18 appearances out of the bullpen and led the entire pitching staff with his 2.31 ERA. He logged 11.2 innings and surrendered just three earned runs all spring. Opposing batters his just .227 against him and had only one extra-base hit.

SU finished the 2011 campaign with 14 victories and earned its fourth-straight Landmark Conference Tournament appearance as the No. 4 seed.