Softball Comes Back To Gain Split With Post

(Photo by Dave Schofield)
(Photo by Dave Schofield)

WATERBURY, Conn. – Sophomore catcher Brynne Bauman (Hazlet, N.J.) drove in the go-ahead run with a sixth-inning fielder's choice grounder as Felician University defeated host Post University, 5-4, in Game 2 to gain a split of the teams' Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference softball doubleheader on Sunday afternoon at LaMoy Field. Post emerged victorious, 2-0, in Game 1.

Senior second baseman Jackie Duenas (Riverside, Calif.) was 3 for 6 on the day for Felician (16-15, 7-5 CACC).

Post struck for two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning of the nightcap to move ahead, 4-3. But the Golden Falcons put their first two runners on base in the top of the sixth. Duenas executed a sacrifice bunt, and a walk loaded the bases. A Racquel Manzo (Whittier, Calif.) single brought home Mia Montoya (Cypress, Calif.) to tie the game, and Bauman's ground ball plated pinch-runner Victoria Quercia (Monroe Township, N.J.) to put the Golden Falcons in the lead.

Felician relief pitcher Erin Powers (Aberdeen, N.J.) (6-3) escaped trouble unscathed in the home half of the sixth. A walk, error, and sacrifice placed the potential tying run on third base with one out. But with the infield in, Powers induced a ground ball to Duenas at second base, then retired the side on another grounder. Powers pitched a perfect seventh to secure the victory.

Duenas was 2 for 3 with a stolen base and Montoya had a double among two hits for the Golden Falcons. Steph Donah (Clark, N.J.) was 1 for 1 with three walks and two RBI, while freshman Monica Laverty (Lyndhurst, N.J.) earned her first two career hits. Felician, which drew nine walks to go with its 11 hits, survived leaving 14 runners on base. Junior Emily Schaffer (Hazlet, N.J.) was 3 for 4 for the Eagles (8-17, 4-8).

In Game 1, Felician fell victim to a four-hit shutout by Post sophomore right-hander Leslie Denis (Swansea, Mass.). The Eagles scored both of their runs in the first inning, using four hits. Kristen Owens (Exton, Pa.) came home on the back end of a first-and-third double-steal attempt, and Schaffer and Erica Ragazzone (Philadelphia, Pa.) followed with consecutive doubles.

Felician's best threat came in the seventh inning, when it put runners on first and third with no one out. Eagle catcher Kate Dawson (Newfields, N.H.) cut down the runner trying to steal second base, and Denis completed the shutout with a pair of outfield fly balls. She struck out one batter and walked two, throwing 90 pitches.

Natalie Lennox (Landenberg, Pa.) was 2 for 2 with a triple for Post. Felician's Nicole Spiegelberg (Blauvelt, N.Y.) doubled in the fourth.