ORANGEBURG, N.Y. – Freshman right-hander Trinity Garcia (West Covina, Calif.) pitched an eight-inning five hitter to lead Felician University to a 4-2 victory over host Dominican (N.Y.) College in Game 1 of the teams' Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference softball doubleheader on Thursday afternoon at the Dominican College Softball Field. Dominican bounced back for a five-inning 16-6 Game 2 win.
Sophomore shortstop C.J. Apacible (Long Beach, Calif.) went 5 for 7 on the day for Felician (9-22, 5-7 CACC). Freshman third baseman Jackie Ribaudo (Staten Island, N.Y.) had four doubles, including a Golden Falcon record-tying three in the nightcap. Charger freshman outfielder Kristin Miscia (Basking Ridge, N.J.) was 4 for 5 for the afternoon.
Garcia and Dominican freshman Madeline Uschock (Greensburg, Pa.) took turns getting into and dancing out of trouble during Thursday's first game. The Chargers were the initial team to dent the scoreboard. In the third inning, Miscia drew a one-out walk and stole second base. One out later, she scored on a single by senior Emily Luzetsky (Bel Air, Md.).
Charger junior Alyssa Seiss (Queens, N.Y.) led off the fourth with a home run to hand the hosts a 2-0 edge. The next two batters walked, but never moved as Garcia recorded two pop-ups and a strikeout.
After leaving nine runners on base without scoring over the first five frames, the Golden Falcons broke through in the sixth. Felician loaded the bases with one out on a walk, bunt hit, and single. Freshman Krystine Lorch (Hemet, Calif.) dropped a single into center field to put the visitors on the board. A strikeout left Uschock on the verge of escaping, but before retiring the side, she hit Nicole Spiegelberg (Blauvelt, N.Y.) with a pitch to even the score.
After Dominican left the potential winning run on second base in the bottom of the seventh, its defense let it down in the eighth. After Monica Laverty (Lyndhurst, N.J.) reached on an error, Apacible sent a single into center field. The ball was mishandled, allowing Laverty to move up, and when the throw from the outfield went out of play, Laverty scored and Apacible was placed on third. A squeeze bunt by Steph Donah (Clark, N.J.) provided the two-run advantage.
Garcia (6-7) issued a leadoff walk to Seiss in the bottom of the eighth. But a pop-up and two fielder's choice grounders followed, allowing her to earn the first extra-inning complete-game victory by a Golden Falcon in more than three years. Garcia struck out two batters and walked six, throwing 127 pitches. Apacible was 3 for 4 and Lorch and Donah (two stolen bases) had two hits each.
Uschock (7-7) struck out 10 batters in seven innings in defeat. Sophomore Shailei Kraft (Waverly, N.Y.) picked up a pair of hits for the Chargers. The game lasted two hours, 20 minutes.
Dominican (11-14, 8-4) exploded for 16 hits during its four offensive innings in Game 2. The Chargers erased a 3-1 deficit by scoring six times in the bottom of the second, then put the game away with a nine-run fourth. Sophomore lefty Shelby Smith (Valley Center, Calif.) (4-3) gave up 10 hits over five innings in a complete-game win.
Ribaudo (3 for 3, 2 runs) joined Amanda Lopez as the only Golden Falcons to ever produce three doubles in a game. Donah stole two more bases as she and Apacible were both 2 for 3.
For the Chargers, Miscia was 3 for 3 with a home run and Luzetsky went 2 for 3 with a double and three RBI. Leadoff batter Rajene Bowe (Ellendale, Del.) was 2 for 3 with three runs scored and four steals.
Donah's bunt hit in Game 1 was the 150th of her career, making her the sixth player in the 23-year history of Felician softball to reach that milestone. The Game 2 victory for Dominican was the 400th in the coaching career of Charger head man Joe Burbridge.
Felician will pass the midpoint of its CACC schedule when it hosts No. 22-ranked Georgian Court University for a doubleheader on Saturday at noon in Lyndhurst, N.J.