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Eagle Softball Drops Two At Moravian

(Posted April 16, 2005)

Moravian 3, Juniata 0
Moravian 8, Juniata 1

Bethlehem, Pa. ? The Juniata College softball team faced a tall order on Saturday as the Eagles looked to snap a four-game losing streak on the road against the top team in the Commonwealth Conference. And the task was indeed a tough one as the Eagles dropped both games of the doubleheader at Moravian College, falling by a 3-0 score in game one, and 8-1 in game two in Bethlehem Saturday afternoon. Juniata fell to 11-15-1 overall and 3-7 in the Commonwealth Conference, while the Greyhounds improved to 26-3 on the year and 8-0 in the conference.

Juniata hung tough in game one as Kim Stoia (Morris Hills/Rockaway, N.J.) tossed a solid complete game for the Eagles. The freshman went all six innings, allowing three runs on six hits and striking out one. Only two of the three runs were earned.

The Greyhounds got all the offense they needed in support of starter Meagan Hennessy when they pushed across one run in the second on a sacrifice fly. Moravian added a run apiece in the fourth and fifth innings.

Juniata was unable to mount any offense against Hennessy in the game as the Moravian hurler surrendered just two hits. The Eagles got a runner in scoring position in the first when Renae Hobbs (Mount Union/Mount Union) singled and stole second with two outs. Juniata?s other hit came with two out in the sixth when Kim Wagner (Middletown/Middletown) singled.

The Eagles scored their first run of the twinbill with a single run in the fourth. But the run came after Moravian had pushed across eight runs in the first three innings to take control.

The home team scored five runs on four hits in the first move in front. Justina Black delivered a two-RBI single in the inning and then An RBI single from Keri Traficante pushed in another run, and knocked Eagle starter Lizzie Bartosik (Penn/Granger,In.) out of the game. Jessica Darrow (Wellsboro/Wellsboro) went the rest of the way for Juniata, as she allowed seven hits and three runs in 5 2-3 innings.

After Moravian added one run in the second, and two more in the third before Juniata broke through. Abby Sener (Donegal/Marietta) doubled with one out, then came home on an RBI single from Jen Piston (Central Bucks East/Jamison).

That was the final run of the game as Hennessy again went the distance for the home team, this time allowing nine hits and the one run.

Sener finished 2-for-4 in the game to lead Juniata, while Kaleigh Driscoll (Institute of Notre Dame/Fallston, Md.) was 2-for-2 in the game.

Juniata returns to action on Thursday with a non-conference doubleheader against Penn State-Altoona.

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