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April 23, 2010
Vol. 51 No. 21

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Softball team earns accolades

The Susquehanna softball team has received votes in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association NCAA Division III top-25 poll.

Susquehanna (26-4 overall), the No. 1-ranked team by the NCAA in its first Division III East Region poll of the 2010 season, stands just outside of the NFCA's national top 25 (unofficially 26th) with 12 voting points. The 25th-ranked NFCA team has 15 points.

Susquehanna is on a program-record 18-game winning streak. Its 26 wins this season tie for the most in program history.

The team is currently tied with Moravian for first place in the Landmark Conference with identical 6-0 Landmark records this year. Those teams meet for a doubleheader here at the Sassafras Fields Complex on May 1 starting at 1 p.m. The game is on the Crusaders' Senior Day.

Cheerleading to hold tryouts

Tryouts for the 2010 fall cheerleading squad will be held:
Sunday, April 25 from 12 to 2 p.m.
Monday, April 26 from 4:15 to 6 p.m.
Tuesday, April 27 from 4:15 to 6 p.m.

All sessions will be held in O.W. Houts Gymnasium.

Candidates must be cleared by the athletic training staff before tryouts begin. Please bring the trainer sign-off form and candidate information sheet to Sunday's session. Forms are available on the team website under "Tryout Information."

Contact Coach Botchie at if you have any questions.

Two receive Landmark honors

The Landmark Conference honored two Susquehanna athletes with its Performer of the Week awards on April 12.

Junior infielder Brennan Balfour earned the Landmark's softball Player of the Week award, while sophomore Joe Zamadics claimed the men's track & field Track Performer of the Week honor.

Balfour batted .538 (7-for-13) during Susquehanna's 4-0 week, including two conference victories. She led Susquehanna with eight runs, two homeruns, five RBIs, 14 total bases and those seven hits that week while committing no errors in 14 chances, including a team-high-tying eight assists. She doubled once in those 13 at bats and also walked once, was hit by a pitch and stole a team-high three bases (in three attempts). Two homeruns and five RBI last week helped her break Susquehanna's single-season rec-ords.

Zamadics placed third out of 53 athletes with a Landmark-record time of 1 minute, 54.86 seconds in the 800-meter run at Moravian's Greyhound Invitational from April 16 through 17. He topped 24 NCAA Division I runners and one Division II competitor in that event. Zamadics also ran a leg on Susquehanna's sixth-place 1,600 relay team, which posted a 3:30.66 time to best nine other teams, including three from Division I.



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