No. 6 Moravian Falls Twice at NCAA DIII Regional to End 2021 Campaign

No. 6 Moravian Falls Twice at NCAA DIII Regional to End 2021 Campaign

Courtesy of Moravian Athletic Communications

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. --- The third seed and No. 6 ranked Moravian College softball squad dropped a pair of games at the 2021 NCAA Division III Virginia Beach Regional at Virginia Wesleyan University, falling to No. 10 an second seed The College of New Jersey, 6-1, and fifth seed Gettysburg College, 8-5, to complete the 2021 season with a 31-3 record.

How It Happened – TCNJ Game

  • The Greyhounds took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on an RBI single from junior first baseman Alexandria Scheeler with the bases loaded to score senior catcher Brooke Wehr. The hit for Scheeler was the 100th of her career as she became the 51st Moravian softball player to reach the milestone
  • The Lions scored twice in the first to move in front, 2-1, and TCNJ added two more runs in the second inning to take a 4-1 edge
  • The Lions pushed the lead to 5-1 with a run in the third frame, and TCNJ scored once more in the bottom of the fourth for a 6-1 advantage
  • Senior Meghan Bauer tossed a complete game in the circle with one strikeout as she fell to 9-1 on the year 

How It Happened – Gettysburg Game

  • The Hounds took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Senior third baseman Maddisen Bieber ripped an RBI double down the left field line to score freshman pinch runner Bri Lefkoski from first base. Two batters later, junior center fielder Cameron Cassidy hit an RBI single to right field to bring Bieber across the plate
  • Gettysburg scored five times in the bottom of the third including a pair of home runs to move ahead 5-2
  • Moravian knotted the score with a three-run fifth inning. Wehr connected on her team-leading seventh home run of the season and the 29th of her career to move into a tie for second in program history with Janelle Brey '04. Wehr's three RBIs on the hit also moved her into fourth in school history with 122
  • The Bullets answered back with a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth to take a 7-5 lead, and Gettysburg added one more run in the bottom of the sixth
  • Sophomore Madison Hummel made the start in the circle for the Blue & Grey and had three strikeouts in 4.1 innings of action. Scheeler tossed the final 1.2 innings of the contest

Quotable

  • "It was a very disappointing day; we obviously didn't do things well today," stated Head Coach John Byrne. "Offensively, we were out hit in every game we played; that's the first time that's happened all season. Defensively, when we can't make routine plays and leave people on base, that's a recipe for coming out on the short end of the stick. The game will treat you fairly if you play it the way it's supposed to be played; 9 times out of 10 those rules are going to stick. Today it was hard to overcome that; we just didn't execute when we had to but had plenty of opportunities. The bigger picture is that we are 31-3 and that's a pretty good year. I'm very proud of how our team represented us down here and we'll come back year and hopefully play a little bit better."

Inside the Numbers

  • Moravian had 13 hits on the day with six against TCNJ and seven in the contest with Gettysburg
  • Bieber, senior second baseman Shannon Brogan, sophomore shortstop Alexis Agrapides and freshman designated player Emily Silberman all had two hits on the day
  • Brogan finishes her career with 144 career hits, tied for 21st in program history, and she also had 92 runs, 82 RBIs and 21 doubles in 124 career games
  • Bauer completes her career with a 14-2 record, five saves, a 1.85 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 105.2 career innings
  • Senior left fielder Maura Kane had one hit on Saturday to give her 33 in her first year as a starter, and Kane finishes her Moravian career with 35 total hits and a .357 batting average
  • Byrne has now coached 95 career games in the NCAA Division III Tournament and is 46-39 all-time in tournament play. Moravian won at least one contest in 17 of its 18 appearances in the NCAA Tournament under the direction of Byrne. Bryne's career coaching mark is 894-252 in 28 seasons 
  • Moravian's 31-3 mark sets a new program record for single season winning percentage at .912, and the three losses are the fewest in a season in program history

Up Next for the Greyhounds

  • Season Complete