Crusaders lose two games to Moravian

BY ALEX KURTZ – STAFF WRITER

The Susquehanna softball team dropped two Landmark Conference games to 19th-ranked and conference-leading Moravian on Sunday, losing 6-3 in the first game and 6-1 in the second on April 16.

The game was good experience for the Crusaders, as the teams could meet up at the end of the season in the Landmark Conference championship bracket.

In game one, senior center fielder Amanda Neveroski, sophomore shortstop Heather Pearson and junior designated-player Lauren Creamer all tallied two hits for the Crusaders.

Pearson and sophomore left fielder Leigh Ann Greenwald accounted for all of the RBIs in game one with one RBI each.

Junior pitcher Jamie Fesinstine tossed a complete game in the loss, striking out three on the afternoon. Her record fell to 10-4 on the season.

In game two, the Crusaders had less luck at the plate as Moravian sophomore pitcher Amanda Carisone allowed only one run on five hits in a complete game. The Crusaders struggled to score despite four of the team’s five hits being extra-base hits.

Susquehanna’s freshman pitcher Alexa Gonzalez picked up the loss in a four inning performance. Her record dropped to 4-5 on the season.

“I always tell myself to forget about yesterday’s game and look forward, and that’s what I intend to do. Just keep working hard and keep my sights ahead,” Gonzalez said.

Game one started out in favor of Moravian in the bottom of the first when Moravian freshman center fielder Kat Spilman took a Fesinstine pitch deep for a three-run home run to put the Greyhounds up 3-0.

In the bottom of the second, Moravian added one more run to its lead as freshman second baseman Julia DeMarco scored after reaching on a Susquehanna error to make the score 4-0.

Susquehanna responded in the top of the third with a big three-run inning. Greenwald drove in freshman third baseman Jill Ahrens for the first run of the inning. Pearson then drove in Neveroski for the next run. Greenwald scored on a dropped ball by DeMarco. The Crusaders left two runners on base as Carisone struck out the next batter looking to end the inning.

Moravian scored two more times in the game to make the score 6-3. The Crusaders failed to score despite six more hits.

Game two started out much slower for each team, as there were only three hits and one run scored between the two teams over the first three and a half innings.

In the bottom of the third, the Greyhound’s bats woke up, and Spilman and junior left fielder Julie Siragusa drove in two runs to extend the Moravian lead to 3-0.

In the bottom of the fourth, Moravian added another run on a throwing error, which allowed freshman pinch runner Makenna Masenheimer to score and make the lead 4-0.

Susquehanna got on the board in the following inning,as Ahrens doubled to right-center field, knocking in senior right fielder Claire Hanratty to make the score 4-1.

The Greyhounds added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings to make the final score 6-1.

With the two losses, Susquehanna dropped to 16-10 on the season while Moravian improved to 25-3.