Softball Earns Road Split with Moravian

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score   

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Susquehanna softball team split its doubleheader against Landmark Conference opponent Moravian on Sunday afternoon, winning game one 11-7 before falling 3-0 in the nightcap.

Morgan Lewis (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) went the distance for SU in game one and picked up her eighth win of the season despite a few shaky innings. She gave up seven runs (four earned) on 14 hits but walked only one batter all afternoon.

At the plate, Lauren Gilbert (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) went 3-for-4 with two RBI and Kathryn Gilbert (Mechanicsville, Pa./Cumberland Valley) collected two hits, two RBI and scored two runs.

Moravian took an early, 1-0 lead after one inning of play before SU broke through for a four-run second inning. Amanda Neveroski (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) led off the inning with a solo shot to tie the game at one and the remaining three runs all scored on Larissa Luu’s (Montandon, Pa./Milton) two-out, three-run homer to left field that quickly made it a 4-1 game in favor of the Crusaders.

The Greyhounds countered, however, with three runs of their own in the bottom half of that inning for a 4-4 game.

SU was able to add another run the very next inning on a Brittney Devlin (Furlong, Pa./Central Bucks East) RBI single that broke the tie and made it a 5-4 ballgame but Moravian plated two of its own to regain a 6-5 lead.

The scoring continued with Susquehanna adding another four runs in its half of the fourth inning courtesy of five hits and one Moravian error. Lauren Gilbert drove home half of those runs with a two-RBI single to left field and the Crusaders came out of the inning leading 9-6.

The Crusaders tacked on two runs in the fifth inning on a Kathryn Gilbert two-run homer to right center field that made it 11-6.

While Moravian scored one more run in the bottom of the fifth, Lewis was able to shut them out for the remainder of the game and preserve the SU win.

Susquehanna collected only four hits in the second game with Brianna Murphy (Hazlet, N.J./Mater Dei Prep) accounting for half of those hits. Starting pitcher Ashley Cole (Carle Place, N.Y./Carle Place) went all six innings and gave up only three runs but suffered just her second loss of the season.

Moravian took the lead on a Jenn Dalickas leadoff homer in the second inning and it remained a 1-0 game through four and a half innings. In the bottom of the fifth, the Greyhounds tacked on what ended up as two insurance runs with four hits in the inning.

In the bottom of the seventh, Bridget Rafter (Highlands, N.J./Henry Hudson Regional) reached with a one-out single up the middle but SU could not bring her home as Moravian held on for the 3-0 margin of victory.

The Crusaders return home on Tuesday, April 9 to host Lycoming in the teams’ annual Breast Cancer Awareness Game with a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.