BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Kean University softball team fell to host Moravian College in a non-conference doubleheader, dropping the opener 6-1 and falling 10-4 in the nightcap on Thursday afternoon.
The sweep improved the Greyhounds to 10-6, while the Cougars fell to 8-4.
GAME ONE: Five-Run First Inning Lifts Moravian
Moravian scored five times in the first inning to power to a 6-1 win in the opener.
After back-to-back singles led off the inning, a walk loaded the bases before freshman first baseman Amanda Dizinno had an RBI single and freshman third baseman Shannon Mohr followed later in the inning with a two-out RBI walk. Junior outfielder Maura Agnew then followed with a bases-loaded double to drive in all three runs for the early five-run lead.
The Cougars plated their only run in the top of the third inning when senior second baseman Melissa Dietrich led off with a walk and would later score on a Greyhound error. Moravian added a run in the fifth inning on a solo homerun by Mohr to close out the scoring..
On the mound, sophomore Jenna Carmon earned her eighth win of the season, allowing no earned runs and just four hits, while striking out one.
For the Cougars, pitcher Cassie Shotwell and designated player Allison Thibault were each 1-of-2.
GAME TWO: Moravian Earns Sweep with 10-4 Win
The Cougars took an early when junior Lindsay Kennedy, sophomore Alicia Banz and senior Allison Lizzi each had RBI singles and the Cougars capitalized on four hits and one Greyhound error to take a 3-0 lead in the third inning.
In the bottom of the third, Moravian responded with four runs, taking advantage of four hits and one Cougars error to take the lead for good.
Moravian tacked on five more runs in the bottom of the fourth to extend the lead to 9-3.
After the Greyhounds added another run in the fifth inning, Kean scored the final run of the game in the top of the seventh when Banz doubled to drive in rookie Katie Schuh.
For Moravian, sophomore Elizabeth Python earned the win to improve to 2-1, as she scattered eight hits with one strikeout.
At the plate for Kean, Banz was 3-of-4 and Lizzi was 2-of-3.
The Cougars return to action on Sunday, March 28, when they host DeSales University in their home opener. The doubleheader begins at 1 p.m.
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