Second-Place Finish for Softball

Second-Place Finish for Softball

BETHELEM, Pa. – The Susquehanna softball team finished second in the Landmark Conference as SU dispatched the Catholic University 7-3 in the team's first game of the day on Sunday and then lost to nationally-ranked Moravian College 2-1 in the championship game.

In game one, the Crusaders (25-15) out-hit the Cardinals (25-12) 11-7 with Brooke Kohler leading the offense, going 3-3 with two RBI's and two doubles. Claire Hanratty went 2-3 with a run scored.

Pitcher Jamie Fesinstine earned the win in 4.2 innings of work while striking out two.

Susquehanna scored first in the top of the second inning when Leigh Ann Greenwald singled through the right side to score Kelly Miller to go up 1-0.

The Crusaders added five runs in the top of the fifth inning to take a 6-0 lead. Hanratty started the scoring when she crossed the plate on a throwing error. Emilie Boman followed with a single to score Amanda Neveroski while Miller doubled later in the inning to score Genevieve Raley and Boman. Kohler singled up the middle to score Miller for the last run of the inning.

The Cardinals answered with three runs in the bottom half of the fifth but it was not enough as SU scored one more in the top of the seventh when Kohler singled down the right field line to seal the 7-3 victory.

In the second game of the day, the Crusaders held No. 19 Moravian to only two runs but it was not enough as the Greyhounds won 2-1.

Moravian (35-4) scored its two runs in the bottom of the second inning on a sacrifice fly followed by a RBI triple. Susquehanna answered in the top of the fourth with a Kohler single to left field that plated Raley to make it a one-run game but it remained 2-1 the remainder of the game.

SU totaled six hits from six different players with Kohler picking up the lone RBI.

This is the Crusaders' eighth-straight season of 20 or more wins and eighth-straight appearance in the Landmark Conference Tournament.