Van Dyke Powers Softball To Two Wins At Nyack

ORANGEBURG, N.Y. – Sophomore second-baseman Halei Van Dyke (West Milford, NJ) hit a grand slam in each game as Felician College swept its Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference softball doubleheader from host Nyack College, 9-0 and 12-5, on Wednesday afternoon at the South Orangetown Little League Complex. Van Dyke went 3 for 7 with nine RBI on the day.

Felician (8-28, 6-10 CACC) snapped a 22-game road losing streak dating back to last season with its Game 1 victory. Junior right-hander Kristen Tenwolde (Ramona, CA) (5-15) pitched her second five-inning one-hit shutout of the season. Tenwolde, who struck out four and walked none, faced the minimum 15 batters. Nyack sophomore Bethany Reed (Tiverton, RI) singled with one out in the second inning and was promptly erased on a double play.

After scoring a run on an outfield error in the second inning, the Golden Falcons broke the game open with seven more unearned runs in the third. Felician had just three hits in the inning, taking advantage of two walks and two Warrior errors. After sophomore Carissa Trujillo (Fresno, CA) lined a two-run double and scored on an error, the Golden Falcons loaded the bases on a walk and a single. Van Dyke followed with her first career home run to cap the rally. 

Van Dyke added an RBI double in the fifth to finish 2 for 3 with five RBI. Designated player Taylor Parker (Surrey, B.C.) had a hit and two walks and scored twice.

Freshman right-hander Macy Chase (Sacramento, CA) (1-5) picked up her first collegiate victory in Game 2, tossing five innings of shutout relief. Chase allowed four hits, struck four and walked three, giving the Golden Falcons the opportunity to come back from a 5-0 deficit.

Felician saw five of its 11 hits go for extra bases, including a season-high three home runs. Freshman Ciera Clark (Granite Bay, CA) began the comeback with a two-run round-tripper in the top of the fourth. The Golden Falcons then tied the game with a three-run fifth. Aimee Lopez (Riverbank, CA) hit her first career homer, a two-run shot with none out, and three batters later, Clark produced an RBI double.

Clark was thrown out later in the inning attempting to score from second base on a single, but Chase continued to hold Nyack (3-31, 2-18) at bay, and the Golden Falcons went on to take control with seven runs in the sixth inning. Once again, Felician needed only three hits for its big inning, as the Warriors committed three errors and surrendered two walks.

Trujillo produced the go-ahead run by reaching on error with runners on second and third and none out, Clark drove in another run with a ground ball, and following a walk, Grace Keller (Hoboken, NJ) delivered an RBI single. This set up Van Dyke, who hustled her long fly ball to the right field wall into an inside-the-park grand slam to complete the scoring.

Clark drove in four runs and Trujillo scored three times for Felician. Nyack's Jackie Gonzalez (San Antonio, TX) went 3 for 4 and teammate Meghan Richards (Nanuet, NY) hit a three-run home run in the first.