2009 Landmark Conference Championships - Game #1

2009 Landmark Conference Championships

Friday, May 1st - Sunday, May 3rd

Blue & Grey Field, Bethlehem, PA


Game #1

#1 Moravian College vs. #4 The Catholic University of America

Line Score

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
The Catholic of America (16-17) 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 2
Moravian College (32-9) 1 0 0 1 0 0 X 2 5 0




            BETHLEHEM, PA --- The top seed and host Moravian College softball team took a 2-0 lead and held on for a 2-1 victory over fourth seed The Catholic University of America in the opening game of the 2009 Landmark Conference Championship Tournament at Blue & Grey Field Friday afternoon.
            Moravian advances to the winner’s bracket game scheduled for 4:30 p.m. while Catholic will play in the first elimination game at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday.
            The Greyhounds took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.  Sophomore second baseman Stephanie Falzarano (South Plainfield, NJ/South Plainfield HS) singled to lead off the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from freshman outfielder Olivia Evanko (Nazareth, PA/Nazareth HS).  After a ground out by senior pitcher Maria DeBonis (Nazareth, PA/Notre Dame HS) moved Falzarano to third, Falzarano would score on a wild pitch.
            Moravian extended its lead to 2-0 with a run in the bottom of the fourth inning.  Sophomore outfielder Amanda Paulus (Easton, PA/Easton HS) led off with a double down the left field line, and she moved to third on a sacrifice bunt from senior catcher Deanna Mangieri (Pleasantville, NY/Byram Hills HS).  Senior outfielder Erica Klepeisz (Nazareth, PA/Nazareth HS) followed with an RBI single to right field.
            Catholic would cut the lead in half in the top of the sixth inning.  Freshman shortstop Megan Rizzi (Mont Vernon, VA/Souhegan HS) hit a one-out solo home run to straight away center field, her fifth homer of the season.  Senior catcher Sarah Gage (Baltimore, MD/Mount de Sales) would double off the top of the left center field fence two batters later but was stranded on base.
            Both teams had five hits in the game.  Falzarano was two-for-three for the Greyhounds while Rizzi was two-for-three for the Cardinals.
            DeBonis improved to 14-7 in the circle for Moravian.  She allowed a run on four hits and three walks with five strikeouts in six innings of action.  Freshman second baseman/pitcher Jenna Carmon (Flemington, NJ/Hunterdon Central HS) came in to earn her second save of the season, allowing a hit in the seventh inning.
            Junior Stephanie Clemente (Warren, NJ/Immaculata HS) went the distance in the circle for Catholic, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk with one strikeout.