BETHLEHEM, Pa. --- The No. 6 Moravian College softball team split a non-conference doubleheader versus Stevens Institute of Technology Tuesday afternoon at Blue & Grey Field, winning the opener, 5-2, and falling in the second contest, 2-1 in eight innings.
The Greyhounds are now 26-4 on the season and had their 24-game winning streak ended in the second game. Senior Josie Novak earned the win in the circle in the first game as she improved to 13-2 on the year after allowing two runs on six hits and a walk to go with five strikeouts.
Moravian had seven hits in the game with freshman second baseman Shannon Brogan going 2-for-2.
The Blue and Grey scored four times in the bottom of the second inning to take control of the contest. Brogan led off with a single and junior third baseman Madison Shaneberger reached on an error before senior first baseman Jean Markovic was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Freshman shortstop Maddisen Bieber connected on a sacrifice fly to bring in Brogan while freshman right fielder Brooke Wehr had a two-RBI single as Shaneberger and Markovic raced home. Wehr would steal second base and a pair of throwing errors on the play allowed her to score.
Stevens scored once in the top of the fourth while the Greyhounds answered in the bottom of the inning with a two-out double by junior center fielder Kat Spilman and an RBI single from Shaneberger.
The Ducks finished the scoring with a run in the top of the seventh frame.
Game two saw a pitcher's duel with Moravian senior Amanda Carisone coming up on the short end after allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits and a walk to go with eight strikeouts in eight innings.
The Hounds were limited to five hits in the contest as well. Moravian had a chance late in the sixth inning with runners and second and third but was unable to get either runner home.
With the contest scoreless through the regulation seven innings, the squads went to the international tiebreaker with a runner on second base to start the eighth frame. Stevens scored twice in the top of the eighth.
In the bottom half of the inning, Wehr began the inning on second base and raced home on an RBI single by Spilman but the Greyhounds were unable to get the equalizer.
Moravian is scheduled to return to action on Thursday, April 26 in a non-conference doubleheader versus Ursinus College beginning at 3:00 p.m. at Blue & Grey Field in Bethlehem.