Tuesday, May 6, 2003
SIX GREYHOUNDS NAMED TO COMMONWEALTH ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS;
Bortz & Hennessy Garner Player, Pitcher & Freshman of the Year Awards
ANNVILLE, PA --- The Moravian College softball team has had six players named to the
Commonwealth All-Conference Teams announced Tuesday by the Middle Atlantic Corporation
with sophomore shortstop Heather Bortz (Allentown, PA/Parkland HS) honored
as the Co-Player of the Year and freshman pitcher Meagan Hennessy (Freehold, NJ/Freehold
Township HS) named the Co-Pitcher of the Year and the Freshman of the Year.
The Greyhounds won the team’s third straight Commonwealth Conference Tournament
title and fourth straight Commonwealth Conference Championship and garnered the program’s
sixth consecutive NCAA Division III Tournament appearance last weekend by winning the 2003
Commonwealth Conference. Moravian, which is 29-8 overall, has been seeded third in the
NCAA Division III Regional at Ramapo College. The Greyhounds will play sixth seeded the
United States Merchant Marine Academy at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, May 9th in the second game
of the tournament.
Bortz and Hennessy were also members of the All-Conference
First Team along with junior third baseman Janelle Brey (Allentown, PA/Dieruff
HS) while junior outfielder Melissa Soroka (Newton, NJ/Pope John XXIII
HS), junior pitcher Donna Weiner (East Hanover, NJ/Hanover Park HS) and
sophomore outfielder Krissy Cianfichi (Warrington, PA/Central Bucks East HS) were
named to the All-Conference Second Team.
Bortz, who was the Commonwealth Freshman of the Year in 2002, earned
a spot on the First Team for the second straight year, and she leads Moravian in hitting
this spring with a .492 batting average. Bortz has collected 58 hits to
go along with 25 runs scored, 14 RBIs, ten walks, ten stolen bases, five doubles and three
triples this spring, and she has made just eight errors in 141 chances at shortstop.
Hennessy has had a record-breaking debut season for the Greyhounds in
the circle. She has posted a 15-4 slate with a school record 148 strikeouts and a school
record-tying eight shutouts. Hennessy, who was named the Commonwealth
Pitcher of the week five times this spring, has allowed just 90 hits and 32 walks in 133
innings with opponents batting just .191 against her. Of the four game’s Hennessy has
lost this season, two were by 1-0 scores, and she has had no-hitters into the sixth inning
twice this spring.
Brey, the Commonwealth Conference Player of the Year last season, has
been named to the All-Conference First Team for the second consecutive year. Brey has
continued to rewrite the Moravian record books this spring. Brey currently
holds the school records for home runs in a career (21), a season (10) and a game (2);
RBIs in a career (115), a season (52) and a game (seven) and doubles in a career (38),
a season (15) and a game (three). Brey is hitting .409 this season with
47 hits, 39 RBIs, 35 runs scored, 17 walks, 13 doubles, four triples and six home runs.
Soroka, who was on the All-Conference Second Team a year ago, has contributed
a .294 batting average this spring with 35 hits, 21 RBIs, 20 runs scored, nine stolen bases,
five walks, eight doubles, two triples and a homer.
Weiner, who was honored on the All-Conference First Team last year,
is 14-4 this season. Weiner has a 1.49 ERA, three shutouts, 48 strikeouts
and just 108 hits and 24 walks allowed in 122 innings of action.
Cianfichi has a .319 batting average for the Greyhounds and she has
added 38 hits, 25 runs scored, seven RBIs, six walks, five stolen bases and three doubles
from the leadoff position.