CLERMONT, Fla. – A game-ending unassisted double play by junior third-baseman Taylor Parker (Surrey, British Columbia) allowed Felician College to escape with a 7-6 non-conference softball victory over Cedarville University during the Dot Richardson Spring Games on Saturday morning at the National Training Center. The win was the first with the Golden Falcons for first-year head coach Chris Foye.
Later on Saturday, Felician (1-3) lost to Quincy University, 9-4. Senior outfielder Alyssa Banca (East Rutherford, N.J.) was a combined 3 for 6 on the day.
In their morning game, the Golden Falcons, the designated home team, erased a 5-1 deficit by scoring six times in the bottom of the fourth inning off of Cedarville reliever Courtnie Spain (Fairborn, Ohio) (1-1). After the first two Felician batters drew walks and advanced on a passed ball, Banca came through with a run-scoring single. Another walk loaded the bases, and an infield hit by junior Haylee Williams (Carlsbad, Calif.) brought home another run.
Spain recorded a strikeout before Felician took the lead on a strange play. Ciera Clark (Granite Bay, Calif.) delivered an RBI single to right field, plating Banca. Halei Van Dyke (West Milford, N.J.) held up at third base, but the throw from the outfield caromed off of Spain and toward the Cedarville dugout, allowing Van Dyke and Williams to score and Clark to circle all the way around to third. Kelsi Ludwigsen (Havre de Grace, Md.) capped the rally by scoring Clark with a groundout.
Felician starting pitcher Tori Bradburn (Ridge, Md.) (1-1) used a combination of toughness and luck to get through the final three innings. In the fifth, with runners on first and third and one out, Carlyn Hanzel (Sterling, Va.) stroked what looked to be a run-scoring single, but Felician right-fielder Amanda Lopez (Riverbank, Calif.) was able to force the runner at second base. Bradburn recorded the final out on a line-out, stranding the potential tying and go-ahead runners on base.
Parker snared a line drive at her third base position with one on and none out in the seventh. Then, following an error and a passed ball, she grabbed another liner, and dove to tag the runner on third base to end the game. It was Foye's 30th win overall; he was 29-30 at The College of Saint Elizabeth from 1998-2000.
Williams, Clark and Banca each enjoyed two-hit games for the Golden Falcons. Bradburn struck out three batters and walked four in a seven-hitter, giving up four earned runs. Nicole Davis (Greenville, Ohio) was 3 for 3 and Hanzel had a three-run double for the Yellow Jackets.
Quincy (6-3) posted 14 base hits, scoring three runs in the second, third, and fifth innings, to defeat Felician for the second time in as many days in the Golden Falcons' afternoon tilt on Saturday. Run-scoring singles by Banca and Van Dyke had given Felician a 4-3 lead in the top of the third inning, but the Hawks chased Golden Falcon pitcher Macy Chase (Sacramento, Calif.) (0-2) with five hits in the bottom of the frame.
Quincy sophomore right-hander Rachel Scrum (Maryville, Ill.) (2-1) held Felician hitless in 4 1/3 innings of shutout relief work. Teammate Nicole Richards (Orland Park, Ill.) hit a three-run home run and finished 3 for 4 with four RBI.
Ludwigsen doubled and scored and Van Dyke was 2 for 3 with two RBI for Felician.