Softball Is Unsuccessful In Two Tries In Clermont

Softball pitching circle huddle.
(Photo by Dave Schofield)

CLERMONT, Fla. – After losing its grip on a late lead in a 5-2 loss to Ashland University, the Felician University softball team was defeated, 9-3, by Grand Valley State University during THE Spring Games, hosted by PFX Athletics, on Tuesday at Hancock Park. The Golden Falcons were out-hit, 25-14, on the day.

Senior left fielder Jeannette Roldan (Hesperia, Calif.) was a combined 3 for 7, and had a double in each game, for Felician (2-11).

The Golden Falcons played as the visiting team on Tuesday morning, and found senior right-hander Ashley Owens (Lockport, N.Y.) locked in a pitchers' duel with Ashland junior righty Abby Sgro (Mansfield, Ohio) through five innings. Felician led, 1-0, to that point as Keelee Davis (Chula Vista, Calif.) scored on a third-inning wild pitch.

In the top of the sixth, Felician sophomore Jaimie Parisi (Hackensack, N.J.) reached on an error, stole second base, and scored on a double by classmate Nicole Spiegelberg (Blauvelt, N.Y.). But the Eagles rallied for five runs on five hits in the home half of the sixth.

With two runners on and two outs, Ashland's Paige Summers (Dalton, Ohio) and Bree Gill (Creston, Ohio) produced back-to-back RBI singles to tie the score. The Eagles took the lead on a bunt hit from Halle Dorko (Independence, Ohio), and after Dorko swiped second, Sadie Cunningham (Pickerington, Ohio) capped the uprising with a two-run single.

Sgro set the Golden Falcons down in order in the seventh. She gave up no earned runs on six hits with three strikeouts and no walks in a complete-game effort. Gill and Camille Pollutro (Painseville, Ohio) were each 3 for 3 for Ashland (5-4). Spiegelberg finished 2 for 3 and Roldan was 2 for 4 to pace Felician.

When the Golden Falcons returned to the field to face Grand Valley State, Parisi was starting in the pitching circle, making her first collegiate appearance there. Felician, the designated home team, trailed, 3-1, after three frames, then cut its deficit in half on Davis's RBI double in the fourth.

The Lakers (8-4), however, chased Parisi in the fifth, shortly after a two-run home run by junior Shannon Flaherty (Tinley Park, Ill.). Kaylie Rhynard (Shepherd, Mich.) lined an RBI single to center field off of Owens later in the stanza for a 6-2 GVSU lead.

The Golden Falcons drew closer in the bottom of the fifth. With one out and the bases loaded, Mia Montoya (Cypress, Calif.) singled home a run. Senior Allie Grys (Portland, Mich.) came on in relief for the Lakers and avoided further damage, with Felician leaving the bases loaded.

Grys pitched 2 2/3 hitless innings for her first save of the season, and GVSU tacked on three unearned seventh inning runs for the final margin. Rhynard went 3 for 5 and Kelcie LaTour (Chesterfield, Mich.) also homered for the Lakers, who complied 13 hits.

Felician's eight hits came from eight different players. Parisi (0-1) gave up five earned runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings, and drove in a run.

After a day off from competition, Felician concludes its 10-game stay at THE Spring Games with action against Le Moyne College and Notre Dame (Ohio) College on Thursday.