Softball Drops Pair At Post, Still In Playoff Position

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(Photo by Dave Schofield)

WATERBURY, Conn. – The Felician University softball team lost both ends of its Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference doubleheader to host Post University, 10-0 and 8-3, on Wednesday morning and afternoon at LaMoy Field. After the rest of Wednesday's conference play was completed, however, Felician still controlled its own CACC playoff fate.

The Golden Falcons (15-28, 11-13 CACC) are tied with Chestnut Hill College for seventh place in the 14-team CACC. Felician has two league games left to play, a home doubleheader against regionally-ranked Wilmington (Del.) University on Saturday. Chestnut Hill also has two games remaining, while the ninth-place Jefferson Rams, sitting percentage points behind that duo, have four left. The top eight teams at season's end will qualify for the 2019 CACC Softball Championship tournament, to be contested during the inaugural CACC Championship Festival from May 2-4 in Lakewood, N.J.

Freshman first baseman Allyson Wallauer (Landenburg, Pa.) collected two hits during each game and drove in five runs on the day for Post (19-18, 11-11).

In Game 1, Felician fell victim to a four-hit shutout by Eagle senior right-hander Leslie Denis (Swansea, Mass.). Felician hit into two ground ball double plays, and Denis (4-2) allowed only one runner to reach third base. She struck out three batters and walked three, needing only 68 pitches to work through five frames.

After opening the scoring on Wallauer's second-inning RBI single, the Eagles broke the game open with six runs in the bottom of the third. Kasey Jusino (Bordentown, N.J.) and Demi Rivera (Hazlet, N.J.) stroked run-scoring doubles and Rianne Mayer (Berlin, Conn.) a two-run single during the rally.

Post extended to a 10-0 edge after Wallauer's two-run single highlighted a three-run fourth. The Golden Falcons loaded the bases with one out in the fifth, but a shallow flyout and infield grounder ended the contest on the NCAA eight-run rule. Rivera was 2 for 2 with three runs scored and freshman Briana Wilky (Swedesboro, N.J.) went 3 for 3 and drove in a pair.

Felician freshman Jackie Ribaudo (Staten Island, N.Y.) was 1 for 1 plus a walk. Junior Monica Laverty (Lyndhurst, N.J.) singled in her only at-bat off the Golden Falcon bench.

The Golden Falcons sliced into an early 3-0 Game 2 deficit with two third-inning runs. Mia Montoya (Las Vegas, Nev.) scampered home on a bases-loaded wild pitch, and Nicole Spiegelberg (Blauvelt, N.Y.) followed with an RBI single.

But the Eagle offense kept attacking. Post answered with a pair in the home half of the third on Bailee Zaccaro's (Levittown, Pa.) two-run double, then took control with a three-run fifth.

Sophomore righty Bridget Betley (Fairfield, N.J.) went the distance in the circle for the Eagles, scattering seven hits over seven innings. She yielded three earned runs with two strikeouts and no walks. Wallauer was 2 for 3 with a home run and Zaccaro (three RBI) and Cassidy Petrie (Staten Island, N.Y.) were each 3 for 4.

Spiegelberg was 2 for 3 with two RBI and Steph Donah (Clark, N.J.) tripled and scored to pace Felician. The Golden Falcons were out-hit, 24-11, for the day.

Saturday's twinbill is slated for noon in Lyndhurst, N.J. Between games, the Golden Falcons are scheduled to honor Bella Bradian (Mount Royal, N.J.), Donah and Montoya in a Senior Day ceremony.