2009 Landmark Conference Championships - Game #6

2009 Landmark Conference Championships

Friday, May 1st - Sunday, May 3rd

Blue & Grey Field, Bethlehem, PA


Game #6

#1 Moravian College vs. #2 Susquehanna University

Line Score

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Susquehanna University (22-15) 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 5 8 2
Moravian College (34-9) 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 1 6 7 3




            BETHLEHEM, PA --- Junior pinch runner Katie Flood (Branchburg, NJ/Somerville HS) scampered home with the winning run on an error on a ball hit by senior catcher Deanna Mangieri (Pleasantville, NY/Byram Hills HS) as the top seed and host Moravian College softball team won the 2009 Landmark Conference Tournament Championship with a 6-5, nine-inning victory over second seed Susquehanna University at a rainy Blue & Grey Field Sunday afternoon.
            With the victory, the Greyhounds claim their second straight Landmark Conference Championship and the program’s ninth consecutive conference title.  Moravian is now 34-9 on the year and awaits the NCAA selection show on Monday, May 4th on www.ncaa.com at 11:00 a.m. to see if the team received one of the five Pool B/Independent berths to the 2009 NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament.  Susquehanna completes its season with an overall mark of 22-15.
            Moravian took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning.  Senior outfielder Erica Klepeisz (Nazareth, PA/Nazareth HS) drew a walk to start the inning, and sophomore shortstop Stephanie Falzarano (South Plainfield, NJ/South Plainfield HS) added a one-out hit.  Freshman outfielder Olivia Evanko (Nazareth, PA/Nazareth HS) was hit by a pitch to load the bases before senior pitcher/designated player Maria DeBonis (Nazareth, PA/Notre Dame HS) drew an RBI walk to send Klepeisz home.  Senior first baseman Sheri Bieniek (Lumberton, NJ/Rancocas Valley HS) followed with an RBI sacrifice fly to score Falzarano.  Moravian would leave the bases loaded in the game.
            The Greyhounds would add three more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to extend the lead to 5-0.  Klespeisz singled with one out but was out at second on a fielder’s choice on a ball hit by sophomore third baseman Maura Agnew (Doylestown, PA/Lansdale Catholic HS)Falzarano came up and ripped an RBI double to right center field scoring Agnew from first base.  Evanko and DeBonis drew walks to load the bases for Bieniek, who hit a two-RBI single up the middle to score Falzarano and Evanko.  Freshman second baseman Jenna Carmon (Flemington, NJ/Hunterdon Central HS) drew a walk to reload the bases but Moravian didn’t score again.
            Susquehanna scored three times in the top of the fifth inning to cut Moravian’s lead to 5-3.  Junior catcher Kelli Holota (Spring Lake, NJ/Livingston HS) had an infield single to start the inning and freshman Courtney Miller (Kendall Park, NJ/South Brunswick HS) came in to pinch run. Sophomore third baseman Shelly Landis (Souderton, PA/Christopher Dock HS) drew a walk as did junior second baseman Katie Connors (Laflin, PA/Pittston Area HS) to load the bases with two outs.  Freshman outfielder Lisa Finizio (Oakland, NJ/Indian Hills HS) then hit a base-clearing, three-RBI double to right center field.
            Moravian had a chance to add to its lead in the bottom of the fifth inning but Mangieri was thrown out at the plate by Finizio while trying to score on a fly ball hit by Klepeisz.
            The Crusaders tied the game at 5-5 in the top of the sixth inning with two more runs.  Senior outfielder Gretchen Halsey (Pottsville, PA/Pottsville HS) led off with a single and sophomore Sara Bartoletti (Wilkes-Barre, PA/Coughlin HS) came in to run.  Senior first baseman Laurie Blaszka (Washington, NJ/Warren Hills Regional HS) singled before Holata hit an RBI double down the left field line to score Bartoletti after Moravian made a pitching change.  Landis would tie the contest with an RBI single that sent Blaszka home.
            The Greyhounds left a runner in scoring position in the bottom of the sixth inning, and Moravian left a total of 11 runners on base in the game.
            Susquehanna looked as if it had a chance to take the lead in the top of the ninth inning when Connors led off with a single and Finizio reached on an error with one out.  However, Moravian sophomore pitcher Elizabeth Python (Huntington Station, NY/Walt Whitman HS) induced a pair of fly ball outs to end the inning.
            With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Bieniek singled and Flood came into run.  Carmon would reach second base and Flood moved to third on a Susquehanna throwing that would have ended the inning.  Sophomore outfielder Amanda Paulus (Easton, PA/Easton HS) drew a walk to load the bases for MangieriMangieri hit the ball on the ground towards shortstop where the ball was bobbled and then Mangieri beat a bad throw to first base while Flood came in with the winning run.
            Susquehanna had an 8-7 edge in hits in the game with Holata going three-for-four.  Falzarano was three-for-five with a pair of runs scored for Moravian while Bieniek was two-for-four with three RBIs.
            Python earned her seventh win of the season in the circle for the Greyhounds, after allowing just four hits with one strikeout in four innings of relief work.  DeBonis started for Moravian but received a no decision after giving up five runs on four hits and three walks with one strikeout.
            Sophomore pitcher Kim Rubino (Parsippany, NJ/Parsippany HS) took the loss for the Crusaders, falling to 8-2 on the year, after giving up an unearned run on three hits and a walk with one strikeout in 4 2/3 innings of relief work.  Sophomore Cara Swerdlow (Bloomfield, NJ/Bloomfield HS) started in the circle for Susquehanna and allowed five runs on four hits and five walks while striking out two batters.