Softball Can't Slow No. 22 Georgian Court

Third-base coach of softball.
(Photo by Dave Schofield)

LYNDHURST, N.J. – Georgian Court University homered twice in each game on its way to victories in both ends of its Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference softball doubleheader with host Felician University, 15-3 and 10-1, on Saturday afternoon at the Lyndhurst Recreation Complex. Both games were shortened to five innings by the NCAA eight-run rule.

Georgian Court (30-5, 15-1 CACC), the first-place team in the CACC, is ranked No. 22 in the most recent national NCAA Division II coaches' poll. The Lions extended their winning streak to 13 games.

Sophomore outfielder Malia Black (Concord, N.C./Hickory Ridge) was 5 for 7 on the day and scored four runs for GCU.

The Lions out-hit Felician, 14-4, during Saturday's first game. A two-out, three-run home run by sophomore Haley Jones (Middletown, Del./Appoquinimink) in the first staked the visitors to a 3-0 lead. After plating two in the second, GCU took advantage of three Felician errors to score five times in the third for a 10-0 lead.

Felician (9-24, 5-9) avoided the shutout on Nicole Spiegelberg's (Blauvelt, N.Y./Tappan Zee) RBI double in the fourth. Jaimie Parisi (South Hackensack, N.J./Hackensack) drove in a run with a groundout and C.J. Apacible (Long Beach, Calif./Lakewood) had an RBI double in the fifth, but the Golden Falcons' rally was not enough to extend the game.

Jones homered twice and drove in five runs, and Kendalia Turner (Nassau, Bahamas/Lyndon Institute) and Paige Eckert (Howell, N.J./Howell) had three hits each to lead the Lion offense. Starting pitcher Jessica O'Neill (Levittown, Pa./Burks County Tech) (12-1) gave up one run on two hits with three strikeouts over four innings.

A grand slam by GCU junior Eryka Springer (Cerritos, Calif./Mayfair) highlighted a five-run third-inning that broke open Game 2, allowing the visitors to vault to a 6-0 edge. The Lions put themselves in position to end the game early by scoring four times after two were out in the fifth, including a two-run double by Samantha Reilly (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North).

With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, Felician's Steph Donah (Clark, N.J./Arthur L. Johnson) drove in a run with a single. But the Golden Falcons were then retired to end the game. After having her school-record-tying 16-game hit streak stopped in Game 1, Donah was 2 for 3 in the nightcap.

Felician continues a six-game CACC homestand by entertaining Concordia (N.Y.) College at 1 p.m. on Wednesday in Lyndhurst.