Felician Softball Topples No. 15 West Virginia Wesleyan

Steph Donah was 4 for 4 vs. Notre Dame College and drove in a run in each game on March 6, 2017. (Dave Schofield)
Steph Donah was 4 for 4 vs. Notre Dame College and drove in a run in each game on March 6, 2017. (Dave Schofield)

CLERMONT, Fla. – The Felician University softball team made the most of its five base hits to earn a 5-2 non-conference victory over West Virginia Wesleyan College on Monday morning during PFX Athletics' THE Spring Games at Hancock Park. Later on Monday, Felician was defeated by Notre Dame (Ohio) College, 10-6.

West Virginia Wesleyan (4-1) is ranked No. 15 in the most recent national NCAA Division II coaches' poll.

Felician (6-5) staked junior pitcher Ashley Owens (Lockport, N.Y.) (4-2) to a 3-0 lead after three innings against WVWC. The Golden Falcons loaded the bases with no one out in the bottom of the second, and plated two runs on a fielder's choice grounder by Steph Donah (Clark, N.J.) and Brynne Bauman's (Hazlet, N.J.) RBI single. Zeaenna Brackett (Woodbury, N.J.) led off the third with a double and eventually scored on a passed ball.

Owens pitched all seven innings, dancing into and out of trouble. She yielded nine hits, including two doubles, and issued one walk and one hit batsman, but the Bobcats led nine runners on base.

WVWC pulled to within 3-2 with single runs in the fourth and fifth frames, but Felican padded its lead by scoring twice in the sixth. Taking advantage of two Bobcat errors, the Golden Falcons received an run-scoring groundout from Nicole Spiegelberg (Blauvelt, N.Y.) and an RBI single by Jeannette Roldan (Hesperia, Calif.).

Bobcat pitcher Kayla Marburger (Massillon, Ohio) gave up two earned runs on five hits in a complete-game effort. WVWC leadoff batter Brooklyn Waddell (Buckhannon, W. Va.) was 2 for 4.

Felician fell behind to NDC, 8-3, after three innings on Monday afternoon. The Golden Falcons clawed their way back into the game by tallying three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, but could not score again. Three Felician errors led to four unearned runs for Notre Dame.

Donah was 4 for 4 with a double and an RBI to lead Felician's 14-hit attack. Jackie Dueñas (Riverside, Calif.) had a double and scored twice, and was one of three other Golden Falcons with two hits. Roldan went 2 for 4 with an RBI, and Bella Davis (Chula Vista, Calif.) was 2 for 3.

Leadoff batter Nicole Luciano (Chesterland, Ohio) went 2 for 3 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI for NDC (4-3).