PHILADELPHIA – Freshman right-hander Macy Chase (Sacramento, CA) pitched a four-hitter with a career-high nine strikeouts to help the Felician College softball team win Game 2, 7-2, and salvage a split of its Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference doubleheader with host Philadelphia University on Saturday afternoon at School House Lane Field. Felician (9-31, 7-13 CACC) erased a 4-0 deficit before succumbing in the day's opening game, 6-4.
Chase matched zeroes with Philadelphia hurler Samantha Abromavage (Lake Hopatcong, NJ) for three innings of the nightcap before the Golden Falcons took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on a solo home run by Ciera Clark (Granite Bay, CA/Del Oro). The visitors then broke the game open with five runs in the top of the fifth inning, chasing Abromavage (5-11). Felician had six hits in the inning, including three doubles.
Felician added another run in the sixth before Chase (2-7), who had a 1-hitter through five, yielded a two-run single to Meaghan Lewis (Binghamton, NY) in the bottom of the frame. Seven of the Golden Falcons' 12 hits in the contest went for extra bases.
Sophomore catcher Kelsi Ludwigsen (Havre de Grace, MD) went 3 for 4 for Felician, and teammates Clark and Carissa Trujillo (Fresno, CA) each were 2 for 3 with two RBI. Chase did not walk a batter in her seven innings of work. Stephanie Martin (Hanover, MD) picked up a pair of hits for Philadelphia.
Game 1 was tied, 4-4, before Lewis reached Chase, who had entered in relief of Kristen Tenwolde (Ramona, CA), for a two-run homer with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning. Philadelphia pitcher Nicole Troisi (Norristown, PA) (5-10) then worked around an error in the seventh for a complete-game victory.
The contest was scoreless through four innings before the Rams touched up Tenwolde for four runs on five hits in the bottom of the fifth. Danielle Parisi (Teaneck, NJ) capped the rally with a two-run double. Felician, however, responded to tie the game in the top of the sixth on just two base hits. Ludwigsen's groundout and an Aimee Lopez (Riverbank, CA) double plated two of the runs, and the Golden Falcons also scored on a wild pitch and a throwing error.
Troisi gave up one earned run on six hits, struck out four batters and walked one. Tenwolde yielded four earned runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings with three strikeouts and one walk (but also three hit batsmen). Alyssa Banca (East Rutherford, NJ) had a triple among two hits for Felician and Lopez finished 2 for 4.
Martin was 3 for 4 for the hosts, and finished the doubleheader 5 for 7 with three runs scored.
Felician sits in a tie for 10th place in the CACC, two games behind the 8th and final playoff spot, with six league games remaining.