CALDWELL, N.J. – The Felician University softball team was held to a combined 10 base hits while losing both ends of its Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference doubleheader to host Caldwell University, 8-4 and 11-2, on Wednesday afternoon at Caldwell Field.
Felician (12-15, 9-3 CACC) entered the day in first place in the CACC, one game ahead of second-place Caldwell. But the Cougars, the 2017 conference champions, took over the top spot with the two wins.
Sophomore third baseman Christina Misiur (Sayreville, N.J.) hit a home run in each game for Caldwell (14-12, 9-1). She joined teammates Maya Rodriguez (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and Marisa Monasseri (Monroe Township, N.J.) in driving in four runs apiece on the day. Felician freshman shortstop C.J. Apacible (Long Beach, Calif.) blasted her first career homer during Game 2.
The Cougars plated single runs in each of the first two innings of Game 1. The Golden Falcons pulled within 2-1 on a sacrifice fly by Mia Montoya (Las Vegas, Nev.) in the top of the third, but Misiur answered with a two-run homer in the bottom half.
The hosts broke the game open in the fourth, collecting three consecutive singles after one was out, with a run coming home on a fielding error during the third one. Monasseri then reached Fellcian pitcher Ashley Owens (Lockport, N.Y.) for a three-run homer.
The Golden Falcons scored two unearned runs in the sixth and received and RBI single from Steph Donah (Clark, N.J.) in the seventh, but fell a runner short of brining the tying run to the plate.
Caldwell sophomore right-hander Sara Bearden (Ewing, N.J.) (7-5) allowed no earned runs in a complete game effort. She struck out 10 Golden Falcons and walked two, while giving up six hits. The visitors left seven runners on base. Owens (10-7) saw a personal eight-decision win streak come to an end.
Apacible's opposite-field blast in the first inning put Felician on top two batters into the nightcap. Caldwell tied the game in the third on Rodriguez's sacrifice fly, then went ahead to stay when Misiur followed with a two-run round-tripper.
Owens, starting as the designated player, roped a run-scoring single down the right-field foul line in the fourth to cut Caldwell's lead in half. The Cougars, however, exploded for eight runs on five base hits in the home half of the fourth. Rodriguez had a two-run single and Kaileen Cain (Hauppauge, N.Y.) a two-run double in the frame, during which Felician righty Erin Powers (Aberdeen, N.J.) (2-4) committed an error and issued two walks and a hit batsman.
Caldwell hurler Jessie Johnston (Livermore, Calif.) retired the Golden Falcons in order in the fifth, invoking the NCAA eight-run rule. Johnston (7-7) gave up one earned run on four hits with no walks. Cain finished with two hits for the Cougars, as did Nicole Spiegelberg (Blauvelt, N.Y.) for Felician.
Felician hosts a make-up doubleheader with Chestnut Hill College on Friday at 2 p.m. in Lyndhurst, N.J.