March 2, 2013

Softball Team Ends Skid In Big Way

CLERMONT, Fla. – Senior right-hander Kristen Tenwolde (Ramona, Calif.) pitched a four-hitter with no earned runs allowed and junior second-baseman Halei Van Dyke (West Milford, N.J.) was 3 for 3 with three runs batted as the Felician College softball team ended a five-game losing streak with a 9-1, six-inning, non-conference victory over Cedarville University on Saturday morning at the National Training Center. Earlier on Saturday, Felician dropped a 4-0 decision to nationally-ranked West Virginia Wesleyan College.

The Golden Falcons (4-5) avenged a 2-0 loss to Cedarville the previous day, breaking open a 2-1 contest with a four-run bottom of the fourth inning. After Felician loaded the bases with no one out, Natalie Quintanilla (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.) and Katie Heflin (Escalon, Calif.) drew consecutive walks off of Yellow Jacket starter Courtnie Spain (Fairborn, Ohio) (1-1). An infield single by Aimee Lopez (Riverbank, Calif.) plated another run, and Van Dyke capped the rally with a run-scoring single.

Two innings later, Felician used a two-run Van Dyke double and an RBI single from Kelsi Ludwigsen (Havre de Grace, Md.) to end the game. Tenwolde (2-2) struck out five batters and walked one in a complete-game effort. Lopez recorded two hits, two runs and two stolen bases.

Lopez stroked two doubles in her team's early game, but Felician left six runners on base without scoring. Senior Kaitlyn Carey (Orlando, Fla.) (3-1) tossed the five-hit shutout for WVWC, the No. 17-ranked team in the latest NCAA national Division II coaches' poll. Carey struck out five Golden Falcons without a walk.

Paige Cummings (Acton, Calif.) drove in three runs for the Bobcats with a first-inning sacrifice fly and a two-run home run in the fifth. Sophomore righty Macy Chase (Sacramento, Calif.) went the distance in the circle for Felician, allowing three earned runs on seven hits in seven innings.

Sophomore third-baseman Taylor Parker (Surrey, B.C.) was 2 for 3 for the Golden Falcons.