PHILADELPHIA – Sophomore shortstop and leadoff hitter Zeaenna Brackett (Woodbury, N.J.) picked up five base hits, including the 100th of her collegiate career, to help Felician University win both ends of its Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference softball doubleheader, 6-5 and 10-2, from host University of the Sciences on Saturday afternoon at McNeil Family Field.
Felician (15-14, 6-4 CACC) combined for 26 base hits on the day. Sophomore third baseman Racquel Manzo (Whittier, Calif.) drove in six runs, while classmate Mia Montoya (Cypress, Calif.) had three extra base hits and five RBI. Sophomore pitcher Erin Powers (Aberdeen, N.J.) (5-3) earned a relief victory in each game, combining to toss seven innings of three-hit ball.
In Game 1, Golden Falcon junior Jeannette Roldan (Hesperia, Calif.) broke a 4-4 tie with a two-out run-scoring single in the top of the sixth inning, and was brought home on Montoya's double. The Devils got one run back in the home half when Brittany Granahan (Maple Shade, N.J.) singled, stole second base, and scored on a double by Sara Pietropola (Galloway, N.J.).
Powers, however, retired the Devils' final five hitters. Brackett was 3 for 4 with two stolen bases for Felician, which outhit USciences, 12-10. Montoya lined two doubles and drove in two runs, and Roldan was 2 for 3 with two runs scored and two RBI. Granahan went 3 for 3 with a home run for the Devils, and Pietropola was 2 for 2 with two doubles and three RBI.
Brackett doubled to left field with one out in the top of the third inning of Game 2 to become the 18th player in the 21-year history of Felician softball, including the third this season, to reach 100 career hits. The hit touched off a two-run rally which gave the visitors a 3-0 lead.
USciences answered with two runs in the bottom of the third, but the Golden Falcons posted a single run in the fourth, received a solo homer from Steph Donah (Clark, N.J.) in the fifth, then tallied five times in the sixth. A three-run single by Manzo to cap the rally and a scoreless bottom of the sixth from Powers ended the game early.
Donah was 3 for 3 with a double and home run and Montoya hit a two-run round-tripper for Felician. Manzo, who drove in four runs, was among four other Golden Falcons who had a pair of hits. Freshman Madison LaPlante (Medford, N.J.) was 2 for 2 for the Devils (3-19, 2-10).