TOWSON, Md. – Eight Susquehanna players have been named to the 2014 Landmark Baseball All-Conference Teams announced Wednesday.
Earning First-Team recognition were freshman right fielder Taylor Luckenbill (Pottsville, Pa. / Nativity BVM), junior starting pitcher Casey Hood (Shrewsbury, Pa. / Susquehannock) and senior relief pitcher Matt Smith (Blue Ridge Summit, Pa. / Wyoming Seminary).
Being named to the Second Team were sophomore second baseman Dylan Glassmire (Doylestown, Pa. / Central Bucks South), junior shortstop Nick Kennedy (Brookeville, Md. / Good Council), sophomore third baseman Bryan Palsi (Brielle, N.J. / Manasquan), senior center fielder Ty Raubenstine (Elizabethville, Pa. / Upper Dauphin Area) and senior starting pitcher Luc Kocher (Middlebury Center, Pa. / Elkland).
Luckenbill, who was named the Rookie of the Year, led the Crusaders with a .378 batting average and hit .432 in conference play, ranking third in the Landmark.
The right fielder started 39 games and recorded 59 hits, a single-season freshman record for SU. Luckenbill cracked a team-high 10 doubles and drove in 22 runs, third-most for the Crusaders. He had a .455 slugging percentage, a .430 on-base percentage and stole nine bases.
Hood, who was selected as the Pitcher of the Year, finished the regular season with an 8-1 record, including a 5-0 mark in league play. The lefty finished Landmark action with 25 strikeouts and a 2.41 ERA.
Overall, Hood started 11 contests and pitched two complete games, throwing 66.1 innings with 50 strikeouts and only five walks. He allowed just 20 earned runs and limited opponents to a .224 average.
Smith recorded 10 saves this season, the most in SU single-season history, with a team-low ERA of 1.07 in 25.1 innings. The senior fanned 24 batters and gave up just three runs all year. For his career, Smith has a Landmark-record 22 saves.
Glassmire started 39 games this year and recorded 42 hits, 28 runs, 27 RBI, six doubles and one home run while batting .286 in the three spot. The sophomore drew 13 walks, stole nine bases and had a .981 fielding percentage at second base.
Kennedy also started 39 contests and registered 42 hits, 33 runs, 16 RBI, eight doubles, 13 stolen bases and a .344 average while batting ninth.
Palsi, who was named the MVP of the Landmark Tournament, was second on the squad with a .349 average and led the team with three home runs while starting every game at the hot corner. Palsi recorded 51 hits, 27 runs, nine doubles, four triples and 35 RBI in the clean-up position.
Leadoff hitter Raubenstine started every game in center and had 44 hits, a team-high 39 runs, six doubles, one triple, 16 RBI and 16 stolen bases.
This is the second time Raubenstine has been named to the Second Team as he was selected in 2012. For his career, Raubenstine ranks in the top-ten in program history in at-bats, runs, walks, stolen bases and hits.
Finally, Kocher went 6-2 with two complete games, both of which occurred in his final starts of the year. The righty threw 65 innings with a 1.66 ERA, lowest among starters, while fanning 41 and giving up just 12 earned runs. Kocher went all nine innings in Monday’s Landmark Championship win over Moravian.
SU earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Tournament, with the bracket released on Sunday, May 11.