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March 26, 2010
Vol. 51 No. 18

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In the Limelight

Leader makes strong impact on diamond

Courtesy of Sports Information
LARGE LEAD -- Senior Chris Price leads off first base during the Crusaders doublheader versus SUNY Oneonta from Sunday. Price hopes to lead the Crusaders to a Landmark title this season.
It is almost the end of the month and senior infielder/catcher Chris Price is at the very beginning of his fourth and final season of playing baseball with the Crusaders.

Price, who is majoring in finance and entrepreneurship, said that he has been playing baseball since he was about three years old and has loved every minute of it.

"It's fun and I like it a lot," Price said, as he mentioned being voted first team all-American in his sophomore year, smiling, noting that the award was probably the best award that he has ever received.

Price is from Coral Springs, Fla. and attended Coral Glades High School.

Price said that the deciding factors for his attendance at Susquehanna included his coach here, Deny Bowers, who he explained was a definite help in the decision, and also that when he visited the campus in the fall of his senior year there was a "wow" factor to the whole campus, from the weather to the campus atmosphere.

As for the approach of graduation and the aftermath of Susquehanna, Price said that he has received a job at Edward Jones, an investing tycoon.

Not wanting to forget his love of the game, Price said that he would "definitely" play baseball if the opportunity presented itself.

He also mentioned that even if he does not play in the future he will be coaching.

Price noted that he spends part of his summer coaching Little League teams at home and really likes teaching them how to play the game.

"Chris does a great job of leading us and he brings a lot of enthusiasm to the team," fellow senior and teammate Ben Leonard said.

Price is now the all-time leader at Susquehanna in all-time at-bats with 465, which he accomplished two days ago in the Crusaders 5-3 win against King's.

Price can attach himself to almost every career hitting record for the Susquehanna baseball program, and is the sole leader in four major statistical categories.

He is first with 465 career at-bats, 183 hits, 38 doubles and 138 RBI's, and is tied for the career lead with 18 home runs with his latest occurring on March 20 at Haverford.

Price has never had a season batting under .300. In 2007, he hit .392 with two homeruns and 33 RBIs. The following year, he destroyed the ball with a batting average of .469 and nine homeruns and 46 RBIs. On last year's squad, he hit .309 with six dingers and 42 RBIs.

So far this season, Price is batting an even .400, with one homerun, 17 RBIs and 81 put-outs on the defensive side of the diamond.

Price has a lot of goals for this season: earning a first-place finish in the Landmark Conference and winning in the Landmark Championships.

He said that he is also aiming for a National Player of the Year award.

"I'm not sure if anyone at Susquehanna has ever gotten that, but I'm going to try," Price said confidently.

After all is said and done, Price said that he is waiting out the next few months before he thinks about whether or not he missed out on anything.

He said he was happy with everything that he has done so far at Susquehanna and is ready for the team's first conference game, which will be a doubleheader at Moravian tomorrow at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m at Harold Bollinger Field.

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