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By Dave Rosengrant drosengrant@civitasmedia.com



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MOOSIC – Misericordia seems to play best with its backs against the wall.


After dropping their opener of the Division III Mid-Atlantic Regional, the Cougars rebounded nicely to knock out top-seeded Moravian, 4-3 on Thursday morning at PNC Field and stave off elimination in the event.


They will now play today at 1:15 p.m. against the loser of Thursday night’s game between No. 3 seed Susquehanna and second-seeded Rowan, weather permitting.


“When it’s a key moment we just do what we have to win,” Misericordia starter and winning pitcher Corey Lee said.


While Lee was solid, going 7 2/3 innings only allowing two earned runs, the Cougars were Clinging to a one-run in the eighth with the tying run in scoring position when he was pulled. Cougars coach Pete Egbert called on his closer Corey Vogelli. The lefty retired all four batters he faced to secure the victory, including a right-handed pinch-hitter.


“It’s reverse sense but his ball runs away from right-handers so well and hides the ball so well that he actually does better against right-handers,” Egbert said. “We had all the confidence in the world in him right there.”


With the score tied at 1-1 entering the bottom of the fifth, the Cougars took a 2-1 lead on an RBI-single by Chris Boroch after two errors on the same play helped Jeremy DeCottis reach second base to start the fifth.


They scored unconventionally in the sixth when three straight batters – Joe Tagliarini, Al Reda and DeCottis – were all hit by pitches consecutively as Greyhounds reliever Ian Carbone, who just entered the game and had control issues. Reda and DeCottis were plunked with the bases loaded, and all three occurred on just four pitches as Misericordia opened a 4-1 lead.


“That’s why we love this game because everyday you show up to the park, you’re gonna see something different. I can’t remember seeing something like that,” Egbert said. “Not our best performance offensively, that’s for sure, but we had a few big hits in key spots and gutted it out.”


Lee (6-2), who started the season as a reliever and tossed his longest outing of the season Thursday, got out of trouble on several occasions, stranding five Moravian runners on base in the middle innings. In the fifth, Moravian left a runner on third. In the sixth and seventh, there was a runner left on second both times.


Moravian got one run back in the seventh on a run-scoring grounder cutting the Cougars’ lead to 4-2, but another runner was left on base.


“I just needed to keep my composure, stay calm and know that I have a good defense behind me and just let things work themselves out,” Lee said


A Misericordia error led to Moravian taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the third. After Mike Roethke doubled to start the frame, he moved to third on a balk then scored when Cougars’ left fielder Nick Hair dropped a flyball allowing Roethke to score.


Misericordia tied the score at 1-1 in the next half inning when it loaded the bases with one out on two walks and a hit batter. Nick Hair brought a run in on the first hit of the game for his team, but a possible run was nailed at the plate.


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Division III Mid-Atlantic Regional

Misericordia 4, Moravian 3

Moravian`AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR


Anthony Gaetaniello lf`5`0`0`1`0`0`0


Colis Case ss`4`0`1`0`0`0`0


Matt Hanson rf`4`1`3`0`1`0`0


Charles Savite 1b`3`0`1`0`1`0`0


Ryan Luke 3b`3`0`0`1`0`0`0


Joseph Connell cf`4`0`1`0`0`0`0


Matthew Gutkes dh`2`0`0`0`0`0`0


Alex Longenecker ph`1`0`0`0`0`0`0


Mike Roethke c`4`2`3`0`1`0`0


Alex Bull 2b`3`0`1`0`0`0`0


Cameron Leon ph`1`0`0`0`0`0`0


Totals`35`3`10`2`3`0`0


Misericordia`AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR


Chris Boroch 3b`3`0`1`1`0`0`0


Nick Hair lf`4`0`1`1`0`0`0


Kyle Lindsay 2b`3`0`1`0`0`0`0


Max German dh`4`0`0`0`0`0`0


Mike Comerford rf`4`1`0`0`0`0`0


Kyle Seawards ss`4`1`2`0`0`0`0


Joe Tagliarini 1b`1`1`0`0`0`0`0


Miles Westrich 1b`0`0`0`0`0`0`0


Al Reda c`3`0`0`1`0`0`0


Jeremy DeCottis cf`1`1`0`1`0`0`0


Totals`27`4`5`4`0`0`0


Moravian`001`000`110`—`3


Misericordia`001`012`00x`—`4


Moravian`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO


Nicholas Ampietro (L, 5-3)`5.2`4`4`1`3`2


Ian Carbone`2.1`1`0`0`0`1


Misericordia`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO


Corey Lee (W, 6-2)`7.2`10`3`2`0`1


Corey Vogelli (S, 2)`1.1`0`0`0`0`0


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