Lunardi Earns All-American In Two Sports

Lunardi poised to release a pitch as he worked toward the 14th perfect game in NCAA Division III history this past season.

Susquehanna University’s pitcher/outfielder John Lunardi '09 earned a spot on the 2009 D3baseball.com All-America team on May 20.

That was the second All-America honor for Lunardi during the 2008–09 academic year. He landed on the D3football.com All-America second team as a safety this past fall before earning this third-team honor as a utility player in baseball.

Lunardi, the 2009 Landmark Conference Player and Pitcher of the Year, earned first-team all-Landmark honors the past two seasons as both a starting pitcher and an outfielder.

He pitched the 14th perfect game in NCAA Division III history this past season and then hit two home runs the next day to earn national recognition from USA Today and Sports Illustrated. He is currently ranked seventh in Division III in lowest earned run average (1.60). As a tri-captain of the 2009 Landmark regular-season champions, he led the conference in lowest ERA and lowest opposing batting average (.193). He also tied for most wins (seven) and least walks allowed (nine) and tied for second in batters struck out (51). He broke the Susquehanna career record this season in runs scored (127) while also leading the team with a .415 batting average, a .517 on-base percentage, a .695 slugging percentage and eight home runs. His 42 runs in 2009 tied for the team lead.

Lunardi had an outstanding defensive season as well, committing just one error in 121 fielding chances and helping to turn four double plays.

During the 2008 football season, he led the Liberty League and ranked second in Division III in passes defended per game (2.10). He also intercepted five passes for 72 return yards and made 61 tackles (34 solo), including one for a loss, to make the all-Liberty first team as a defensive back.

 

The contributing writer to Scoreboard is Robert Edward Healy III, director of athletics communications.



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