RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician University earned all three Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) weekly softball awards for the period ending Mar. 5, the CACC announced today. Freshman Nicole Spiegelberg (Blauvelt, N.Y./Tappan Zee) was chosen the Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week, both for the second time this season. Sophomore Erin Powers (Aberdeen, N.J./Matawan Regional) is the league's Pitcher of the Week for the first time in her career.
Spiegelberg, a 5-foot-6 designated player, went 6 for 11 (.545) with two doubles, a home run, three runs scored and five runs batted in while helping lead Felician to a 3-1 week. Her on-base percentage was .615 for the week, with a 1.000 slugging percentage. On Saturday, she homered and drove in all four of her team's runs as the Golden Falcons defeated New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), 4-2, in Game 1 of a doubleheader in Clermont, Fla.
Powers earned complete-game victories on consecutive days without allowing an earned run. The 5-foot-8 right-hander allowed seven hits and two unearned scores in Felician's 3-2 win over Kentucky Wesleyan College on Friday, then came back on Saturday and fired her first career shutout, a four-hitter in a 2-0 Game 2 triumph over NYIT. In 14 innings, she allowed 11 hits, struck out four batters and walked none.
More information is available at http://caccathletics.org/sports/sball/2016-17/releases/36POW.
Spiegelberg, a 2016 graduate of Tappan Zee High, is 12 for 24 (.500) on the young season with a team-high three home runs and nine RBI. Powers owns a 2-1 record, a 1.29 earned-run average, five strikeouts and one walk in 16 1/3 innings. She is a 2015 product of Matawan Regional.
Also on Monday, Felician senior baseball pitcher Rob Naughton (Levittown, N.Y./Chaminade) and senior outfielder Ronnie Grant (Burlington, N.J./Burlington Township) were named to that sport's CACC Weekly Honor Roll.
Felician softball is guided by first-year head coach Alexis Durando of Hoboken. Spiegelberg, Powers and the Golden Falcons (5-4, 0-0 CACC) are next in action on Tuesday, when they continue their trip to Clermont with games against the College of Saint Rose and Minnesota State University-Moorhead
Felician University, the Franciscan University of New Jersey, is a liberal arts, coeducational Catholic university founded in 1942 and sponsored by the Felician Sisters. True to its mission, Felician University welcomes a diverse student population and embraces its educational needs. With campuses in Lodi and Rutherford, New Jersey, Felician University currently enrolls more than 2,100 students and offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate programs, in the classroom and online, in the arts and sciences, business and management sciences, health sciences and teacher education. Felician University also sponsors 14 varsity intercollegiate sports that compete at the NCAA Division II level.