Golden Falcons Eliminated From CACC Tournament

LAKEWOOD, N.J. -- No. 8 seed Felician College was eliminated from the 2011 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Softball Tournament with a pair of losses on Thursday. The Golden Falcons, who finish 14-30, fell to top-seeded and tournament host Georgian Court University, 8-3, in first-round action, before being defeated in the losers' bracket, 7-5, by No. 4 seed Wilmington (Del.) University.

Against Georgian Court, Felician, led, 2-1, after 2 1/2 innings before the Lions struck for four runs in the bottom of the third inning. A two-out, three-run double by Jen Tartaglia broke a 2-2 tie and gave GCU the lead it would never relinquish. A home run by Golden Falcon senior Amber Doran (Little Ferry, NJ) leading off the fourth brought the visitors to within 5-3, but Felician could muster only one hit the rest of the way.

Doran went 2 for 3 with a double, home run, and two runs batted in. Senior Kristina Jimenez (West Milford, NJ) pitched a complete game for Felician, allowing four earned runs on 10 hits with three strikeouts. Diana Sansevera hurled a three-hitter for GCU with seven strikeouts and five walks. The Lions' Kelsey Cutler broke the game open with a three-run double in the sixth.

Felician left the bases loaded without scoring in each of the first two innings against Wilmington. The Wildcats then posted seven runs on seven hits in the bottom of the second. Felician fought back, receiving a two-run single from Samantha Ortiz (Brooklyn, NY) in the third inning and a two-run double from Kristen Tenwolde (Ramona, CA) in the fourth. In the seventh, the Golden Falcons put the go-ahead run at the plate with two outs. Wilmington turned to CACC Pitcher of the Year Katie Warrington, who recorded a strikeout to earn the save.

Ortiz (3 RBI) and Kelsi Ludwigsen (Havre de Grace, MD) were each 3 for 4 for the Golden Falcons, and Doran had two more hits. Jimenez hurled 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief with five strikeouts. Heather Karasek was the winning pitcher for the Wildcats, allowing one earned run on 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Felician was making its first CACC Tournament appearance since 2007.