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Division III National Championship: No. 4 Seed DePauw Wins Close Contest Over Moravian in Game 2

DePauw continued its run of firsts, following its first regional championship with its first win at the Division III national championship, as it took a 4-2 victory over Moravian in game two. 

DePauw head coach Bonnie Skrenta seemed a bit overwhelmed with the opening round win, saying, "We're just happy to be here and get that first win under our belts." 

Moravian opened the scoring in the top of the third after Erica Klepeisz doubled to right center and then scored on a Lauren Homa single. 

After Moravian starter Kristie Pellicani held the Tigers scoreless through the first four frames, the Tigers took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth. Catcher Rachel Gill started the action with a single down the right field line and was then sacrificed to second. Gill scored on a Carolyn Bartlett double to right center; Bartlett would eventually score on a Jessica Bowlds double that was just out of reach of Moravian right fielder Homa. 

Moravian would even the game in the next frame when Klepeisz, who doubled with one out, scored on a bases loaded walk to Kelly Santry. 

DePauw put the game away, however, in the bottom of the sixth after Bartlett started the offense with a single and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Schlensker. Pinch runnner Erin Ketchem also scored on a Chelsy Patterson single to right center. 

Freshman NFCA All-American Megan Soultz went the distance for DePauw, giving up two runs on seven hits, while Pellicani took the loss for Moravian. 

While DePauw left seven runners on base, Moravian had eight missed opportunities, a fact that Klepeisz attributed the loss to. 

"We knew we had opportunities, and we talked in the huddle about getting it done. But talking about it and doing it are two different things," Klepeisz said, adding, "Tomorrow it's do or die." 

DePauw moves on to face Linfield tomorrow at 4 p.m. EDT, while Moravian will face Emory at 11 a.m. EDT.