Felician Softball Collects 24 Hits, Takes Two Games From Lightning

Huddle near pitching circle, green jerseys.
(Photo by Dave Schofield)

WILMINGTON, Del. – The Felician University softball team collected 24 base hits while winning both ends of its Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference doubleheader with host Goldey-Beacom College on Tuesday afternoon at the Jackson Athletics Complex. Felician captured Game 1 by a 7-5 score before taking the nightcap, 10-1, in five innings.

Felician (14-25, 10-10 CACC) moved into a three-way tie for fifth place in the 14-team CACC with six conference games remaining. The eighth- and ninth-place teams sit just one game behind that group. The top eight teams in the standings at season's end will qualify for the league championship tournament, to be contested during the inaugural CACC Championship Festival from May 2-4 in Lakewood, N.J.

Golden Falcon senior right fielder Bella Bradian (Mount Royal, N.J.) went a combined 5 for 7. Eleven of Felician's 17 runs on the day were unearned.

In Game 1, the Golden Falcons erased a 2-1 deficit with a four-run fourth inning. Felician loaded the bases with none out on a single, walk and error. Goldey-Beacom pitcher Taylor Beres (Middletown, Del.) was poised to work out of trouble, recording consecutive strikeouts, but Mia Montoya (Las Vegas, Nev.) drew a tying walk. Felician leadoff batter C.J. Apacible (Long Beach, Calif.) followed with a three-run double.

The visitors tacked on an unearned run in the fifth, which proved to be an important development when the Lightning reached Felician freshman right-hander Trinity Garcia (West Covina, Calif.) for a three-spot in the bottom of the frame. Kasey Goshom (Salisbury, Md.) had an RBI single and Jess Lusk (Victoria, British Columbia) a two-run double.

GBC left the potential tying run on third base with one out, and Felician extended to a 7-5 edge in the sixth on Steph Donah's (Clark, N.J.) run-scoring double. Garcia (9-9) worked around a two-out walk in the sixth and retired the Lightning in order in the seventh. She scattered seven hits and four walks and matched a season-high with five strikeouts.

Apacible was 3 for 4 with two doubles, and Bradian and catcher Keelee Davis (Chula Vista, Calif) were each 2 for 3 for the Golden Falcons, who out-hit GBC, 9-7. Lusk drove in three runs for the Lightning (8-30, 6-14), and all five runs allowed by Beres over 5 2/3 frames were unearned.

Felician jumped out to a 7-1 advantage after two innings of Game 2. It put together four consecutive two-out hits and then used two Lightning errors to plate four runs in the first. Bradian stroked an RBI single and two more runs scored on an outfield error in the second.

Golden Falcon freshman lefty Martarina Crumb (Branchville, N.J.) (5-14) made the early offense stand up. After yielding a first inning run, she kept GBC off the scoreboard for the next four stanzas until Felician was able to end the game on the NCAA eight-run rule. Crumb gave up four hits with one walk and one strikeout in five innings.

The Golden Falcons pounded out 15 hits, including three each for Donah, Bradian (three RBI) and Montoya. Freshman Krystina Lorch (Hemet, Calif.) went 2 for 4 with a double and scored twice.

Donah became Felician's all-time leader in games played. Her 175 are one more than Ciera Clark (2012-15) and Grace Keller (2009-12).

Felician hosts Nyack College in a Thursday doubleheader at 1 p.m. in Lyndhurst, N.J.