|Nina Bruno||Catherine Galvin|
|Kelly Zaccheo||Jamie Shackles|
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Moravian College scored five unearned runs thanks to four errors by The University of Scranton en route to a 5-2 win over the Royals in their Landmark Conference playoff opener on Friday afternoon at Sassafras Field at Susquehanna University.
Third-seeded Scranton drops into the losers’ bracket and will face fourth-seeded Catholic University in an elimination game on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. Second-seeded Moravian advanced to face top-seeded Susquehanna in a winners’ bracket game immediately after defeating the Royals. Susquehanna beat Catholic, 1-0, in the first game of the tournament on Friday morning.
The Greyhounds (30-9) scored four runs in the bottom of the third after a Scranton error kept the inning alive. Senior pitcher Jenna Carmon (Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon Central) delivered a two-run single, an error helped her advance to third on the play and she scored on an RBI fielder’s choice by sophomore catcher Cassie Ernst (Annville, Pa./Annville-Cleona). A third Scranton error allowed Ernst to score a fourth run in the inning.
Moravian added a run in the fourth, again with the help of a Scranton miscue. Senior left fielder Taylor Mihalik (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) led off with a walk and came around to score on a throwing error, giving Moravian a 5-0 lead.
Scranton (26-9) chipped away with two runs in the top of the sixth when senior second baseman Nina Bruno (Teaneck, N.J./Academy of Holy Angels) drove in junior third baseman Kristen Williams (Monroe, N.Y./Monroe Woodbury) with a single up the middle. Bruno scored later in the inning on a fielding error, but the Royals would get no closer.
Freshman pitcher Catherine Galvin (Highland Mills, N.Y./Monroe Woodbury) pitched well for Scranton, allowing just two hits while walking six and striking out five. All five runs she allowed were unearned.
The winner of Saturday morning’s Scranton-Catholic game will advance to play the loser of this afternoon’s Moravian-Susquehanna matchup. The loser is eliminated from the tournament.