SCRANTON, Pa. --- The fourth seed Moravian College baseball team had an early lead but ended up falling to second seed Elizabethtown College, 5-3, in the first elimination game Saturday of the 2018 Landmark Conference Tournament being hosted by The University of Scranton at Charles A. Volpe Family Field.
The Greyhounds, who finish the season at 18-22, had eight hits in the game with junior third baseman Evan Kulig and sophomore second baseman Ian Csencsits each going 2-for-4. Junior center fielder Austin Markowski added a home run and three RBIs in the game.
Junior Rhett Jacoby made the start on the mound for the Hounds and he tossed 7.1 innings with four runs, three earned, on six hits and two walks to go with six strikeouts. Jacoby became the fifth pitcher in school history to reach 200 career innings pitched, and he has 167 strikeouts after three seasons Senior Dan Morrin pitched the final two-thirds of an inning with a run on two hits to go with one strikeout to finish his career with 170 strikeouts, the fourth highest total in school history.
Moravian jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Csencsits and Kulig each had one-out singles before Markowski connected on a three-run homer to left field, his team-leading eighth home run of the season and the 15th of his career to move into a tie for second in school history.
The Blue Jays answered with an unearned run in the bottom of the first inning to cut the Hounds advantage to 3-1. Elizabethtown added two more runs on a homer in the bottom of the fourth frame to knot the score at 3-3.
Moravian had runners in scoring position in the fifth, seventh and eighth innings but was unable to get any of the base runners home to pull ahead.
The game remained tied until the Blue Jays scored twice in the bottom of the eighth.