Softball Wins To Start Florida Swing

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Nicole Spiegelberg hit her 10th career home run during a Mar. 2, 2018, victory over Saint Rose. (Dave Schofield)

CLERMONT, Fla. – The Felician University softball team scored four first-inning runs and held on for a 5-4 non-conference victory over the College of Saint Rose on Friday morning at Hancock Park. The Golden Falcons settled for a split of the day with a 5-3 loss to Northern State University later on Friday. The pair of contests were part of THE Spring Games, hosted by PFX Athletics, and marked the beginning of Felician's 10-game stay in the event.

Senior left fielder Jeannette Roldan (Hesperia, Calif.) and sophomore first baseman Nicole Spiegelberg (Blauvelt, N.Y.) each had three hits on the day for Felician (2-5).

In their morning game against Saint Rose, the Golden Falcons were the designated home team. After holding the Golden Knights scoreless in the first, Felician struck for a big inning. Roldan, who had doubled, scored on a wild pitch, and Spiegelberg followed with a two-run home run. One out later, sophomore Jaimie Parisi (Hackensack, N.J.), drove a solo shot over the wall for a 4-0 edge.

Felician senior pitcher Ashley Owens (Lockport, N.Y.) (2-2) worked into and out of trouble for most of the game. She surrendered a run in the second on Alina Germinario's (Wynantskill, N.Y.) fielder's choice grounder, but that was the only blemish on her record through six frames.

The Golden Falcons tacked on a sixth inning run on a Steph Donah (Clark, N.J.) sacrifice fly. That development proved important when the Golden Knights (0-1) staged a two-out rally in the seventh.

Owens retired the first two Saint Rose batters in the final inning. Sydney Cimini (Syracuse, N.Y.) then singled, move up on a wild pitch, and scored on Astasia Myler's (Johnsburg, N.Y.) single. A hit batsman and a walk loaded the bases to set up Beth Jones (Watervliet, N.Y.), whose two-run single pulled Saint Rose to within 5-4. Jones moved up to second base on the throw from the outfield, but Owens struck out the next hitter to end the game.

Owens allowed 12 hits, struck out seven, and walked one in a complete-game effort. Felician sophomore Isabella Bradian (Mount Royal, N.J.) was 2 for 2 plus a walk, and Roldan and Spiegelberg were each 2 for 3. Jones and Liz D'Agostino (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) collected three hits apiece for the Golden Knights.

In Felician's afternoon game, Northern State (3-3) snapped a 3-3 tie with a pair of home runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Sophomore Jenna Helgeson (Sioux Falls, S.D.) led off the stanza with a shot to left-center field to put her team ahead for good. One out later, senior Katie Dawson (Henderson, Nev.) sent a ball just inside the left field foul pole, chasing Golden Falcon sophomore Alexa Raba (Iselin, N.J.) (0-1), who was making her first career pitching start.  

Wolves hurler Jamie Fisher (Omaha, Neb.) retired the Golden Falcons in order in the sixth, and worked around a one-out single in the seventh for the complete-game victory. She gave up seven hits and two walks while striking out four.

The Golden Falcons scored all of their runs in the top of the fourth, erasing an early 1-0 deficit. With the bases loaded and one out, Victoria Quercia (Monroe Township, N.J.) tied the game with a single. Felician took the lead on an obstruction call at home plate and added a run when Parisi scored on a two-out passed ball.

The Wolves, however, used two hits, a walk, a Felician error and two wild pitches to tie the score in the home half of the fourth.

Freshman shortstop C.J. Apacible (Long Beach, Calif.) was 2 for 3 for the Golden Falcons.

Felician plays twice again on Saturday in Clermont, taking on Gannon University at 11:30 a.m. and Urbana University at 2 p.m.