Softball Uses Game 2 Comeback To Sweep Nyack

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Steph Donah hit two home runs in Game 2 at Nyack on Apr. 6, 2018. (Dave Schofield)

ORANGEBURG, N.Y. – Junior center fielder Steph Donah (Clark, N.J.) hit a pair of home runs to help Felician University erase a four-run first-inning deficit and earn a 10-8 victory over host Nyack College in Game 2 of the teams' Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference softball doubleheader on Friday afternoon at the South Orangetown Little League complex. Felician (10-13, 7-1 CACC) also captured the day's opening game, 6-1.

Felician leadoff batter Jeannette Roldan (Hesperia, Calif.) was 6 for 7 plus a walk, scoring five runs for the afternoon. Fellow senior Ashley Owens (Lockport, N.Y.) earned a three-inning save in the nightcap following a complete game victory in Game 1. In 10 innings for the day, Owens gave up one run on 11 hits.

Senior shortstop Aferdita Sininaj (Tappan, N.Y.) was 6 for 8 for Nyack (5-19, 2-8).

Felician jumped out on top quickly in Game 2. Roldan walked to start the game, and freshman C.J. Apacible (Long Beach, Calif.) drove her around with a double. Two outs later, Nicole Spiegelberg (Blauvelt, N.Y.) came up with an RBI single for a 2-0 Golden Falcon lead.  

The Warriors, however, struck for six runs on seven hits in the home half of the first. After a leadoff flyout, nine consecutive Nyack hitters reached base. Juniors Stephanie White (Hamilton, N.J.) and Katie Lupinacci (Bordentown, N.J.) each had two-run singles in the inning.

Donah hit a two-run homer in the third, then capped a four-run rally with a go-ahead three-run shot in the fourth, putting the visitors in front, 8-6. But in the bottom of the fourth, after Erin O'Brien (Cumberland, N.J.), who had doubled, scored on a passed ball, Sinanaj homered to knot the game at 8-8.

The Golden Falcons answered right back in the fifth. With runners on first and third and two outs, Monica Laverty (Lyndhurst, N.J.) scored on a wild pitch and Apacible delivered another RBI double, plating Roldan. Felician then turned to Owens, who held the Warriors to one hit and one walk over three scoreless frames for her first save of the season.

Roldan was 3 for 3 with two doubles and three runs scored, and Donah finished with five RBI. Seven of Felician's 13 hits, and five of Nyack's 12, went for extra bases. Despite allowing eight runs on 11 hits, Golden Falcon junior right-hander Erin Powers (Aberdeen, N.J.) (1-3) earned her first win of the season.

Felician also got off to a fast start in Game 1, as a prodigious first-inning three-run home run by Spiegelberg staked her team to a 3-0 lead. Nyack reached Owens (9-6) for a run in the third when a two-out hit by Morgan Hans (Washington Township, N.J.) scored O'Brien, but that was the only blemish on Owens' record. The senior righty scattered 10 hits with five strikeouts and one walk, and the Warriors left 10 runners on base.

After the Golden Falcons scored an unearned run in the sixth, Mia Montoya (Las Vegas, Nev.) drove a two-run double in the seventh for the final margin.

Roldan was 3 for 4 and Apacible and Montoya had two hits each for Felician. Sinanaj went 4 for 4 for the Warriors.

The Golden Falcons face a quick turnaround, hosting Holy Family University on Saturday in Lyndhurst, N.J.