Powers Shutout Completes Softball Sweep of NYIT

Erin Powers pitcher her first collegiate shutout in a Game 2 victory over NYIT on Mar. 4, 2017. (Dave Schofield)
Erin Powers pitcher her first collegiate shutout in a Game 2 victory over NYIT on Mar. 4, 2017. (Dave Schofield)

CLERMONT, Fla. – Sophomore right-hander Erin Powers (Matawan, N.J.) pitched her first career shutout to lead Felician University to a 2-0 Game 2 victory and a sweep of its non-conference softball doubleheader with New York Institute of Technology on Saturday morning during PFX Athletics' THE Spring Games at Legends Way Ballfields. The Golden Falcons earned a 4-2 win in Game 1.

Junior left fielder Jeannette Roldan (Hesperia, Calif.) and sophomore shortstop Zeaenna Brackett (Woodbury, N.J.) each picked up three hits on the day for Felician (5-4).

Powers (2-1) faced just three batters over the minimum in the nightcap. She allowed four hits, struck out two batters and walked none. She was staked to an early lead when, in the bottom of the first inning, Brackett reached on a bunt single, was sacrificed to second base, and eventually scored on a dropped fly ball.

The second inning was the only occasion during which the Bears put multiple runners on base. But with first and second and none out, Powers induced a double-play grounder and an infield pop-up. It was one of three times in the game she stranded a runner on third base with two out.

In the fifth inning, Golden Falcon sophomore third baseman Racquel Manzo (Whittier, Calif.) padded her team's edge with a two-out RBI double.

Brackett finished 2 for 3 for Felician. NYIT junior Ashley Russo (Burbank, Calif.) also pitched a complete game, scattering seven hits and not giving up an earned run. Catcher Madison Smith (Tustin, Calif.) had a double.

Earlier on Saturday, Felician freshman designated player Nicole Spiegelberg (Blauvelt, N.Y.) homered and drove in all four of her team's runs in a 4-2 Golden Falcon triumph. Junior Ashley Owens (Lockport, N.Y.) (3-2) outdueled Bear junior Sofia Evangelista (Massapequa, N.Y.) (0-1), with both players pitching complete games.

Felician, the designated visiting team, moved ahead in the top of the first when Spiegelberg plated Brackett with a single. But a Tiffany McCracken (Murrieta, Calif.) run-scoring double evened the score in the home half of the frame.

In the third, the first two Golden Falcon batters reached on errors, setting the stage for Spiegelberg, who blasted a three-run home run, her third of the season. NYIT (2-2) received a solo homer from Brook Scherer (Westbury, N.Y.) leading off the sixth, but that was the only damage to Owens' line the rest of the way.

Roldan was 2 for 3 for Felician. Owens gave up seven hits, struck out four and walked two in seven innings.