May 16, 2010



Providence, R.I.-Freshman third baseman Shannen Mohr (Slatington, PA) went 2-for-4 with three RBI, a run scored and a homer as second-seeded Moravian College advanced to the regional finals with a 6-3 win over top-seeded The College of New Jersey in game nine at the Providence Regional of the 2010 NCAA Div. III Softball Tournament hosted by Rhode Island College.


The Greyhounds (33-12), who are a perfect 3-0 at the regional, will battle third-seeded Kean University at 2:15 p.m. If Moravian wins the game, it will advance to the National Championship Round, which will be held in Wisconsin-Eau Claire later this week. The Lions (33-10) went 2-2 at the regional and see their season come to an end.


Sophomore pitcher Jenna Carmonís (Flemington, NJ), who remains unbeaten in Providence, raised her record to 24-9 in the win.


Moravian wasted no time jumping on The College of New Jersey senior pitcher Ashley Minervini (Cliffside Park, NJ), putting a pair aboard with two infield singles to start the first. Mohr then drilled a towering homer (8) to left field to put the Greyhounds up, 3-0.


The Greyhounds loaded the bases on two errors and a fielderís choice with no outs in the fourth. Minervini retired the next two batters she faced on line outs. Freshman pinch hitter Brooke Kowal (Port Jervis, NY) took a 2-2 pitch and singled up the middle to bring in two more Moravian runs.


The College of New Jersey stopped Carmonís 17.2 scoreless streak at the regional with two runs in the home half of the fourth. With runners on the corners and two down, sophomore catcher Michelle Kent (Sparta, NJ) hit a hard line drive back up the middle that tipped off of Carmonís glove for an infield RBI single. Sophomore left fielder Crystal Lee (Dover, NJ) followed with an RBI single up the middle to cut the Lionsí deficit to three runs, 5-2.


The Lions kept the pressure on the Greyhounds in the fifth, putting the two lead runners aboard. Senior center fielder Danielle Hagel (Egg Harbor City, NJ) tried to bunt unsuccessfully twice, then laced an RBI single up the middle. The Greyhounds defense took over after a Carmon strikeout as the trio of freshman second baseman Rebekah Battersby (Dingmans Ferry, PA), freshman shortstop Katie Gross (Allentown, PA) and freshman first baseman Amanda Dizinno (Budd Lake, NJ) turned a nifty 4-6-3 double play to end the threat.


Carmon led off the sixth with a double to left center field and came home on freshman catcherís two-out, pop-up RBI double that TCNJ senior shortstop Ellen Seavers (Ridgewood, NJ) lost in the sun to give the visitors a 6-3 lead.


The Lions put pressure on Moravian in the bottom of the seventh, putting two aboard with no outs, but Carmon got a fielderís choice grounder, a pop-up and a ground out to Gross to seal TCNJís fate.


Cawley, Lee and freshman third baseman Kelly Hommen (Ridgewood, NJ) each had two hits for TCNJ. Minervini took the loss (16-8).