Owens Fires One-Hitter At Nyack As Softball Splits

Ashley Owens' one-hitter led Felician to a Mar. 15, 2016, split at Nyack. (Dave Schofield)
Ashley Owens' one-hitter led Felician to a Mar. 15, 2016, split at Nyack. (Dave Schofield)

ORANGEBURG, N.Y. – Felician University sophomore right-hander Ashley Owens (Lockport, N.Y.) pitched a one-hitter in the Golden Falcons' 9-4 victory over host Nyack College in Game 1 of the teams' Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference softball doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon at the South Orangetown Little League complex. Nyack bounced back to earn a 6-2 Game 2 win.

In Game 1, Felician (9-11, 3-1 CACC) survived committing five errors. All four of the runs given up by Owens (3-5) were unearned. The Warriors scored twice without the benefit of a base hit in the bottom of the first inning, but Felician knotted the score with a pair of runs in the second.

The Golden Falcons took the lead for good by scoring three times in the fifth inning. Freshman Steph Donah (Clark, N.J.) drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out single. After a Nyack error extended the inning, freshman Zeaenna Brackett (Woodbury, N.J.) sent a two-run triple to deep right field.

Felician tacked on three runs on four hits in the fifth, then received an RBI double from Jeannette Roldan (Hesperia, Calif.) in the sixth for a 9-2 lead. Owens, meanwhile, carried a no-hitter into the bottom of the sixth. Two Felician errors placed runners on second and third with one out, before Kylie Brase (San Diego, Calif.) lifted an RBI single into right-center field. The Warriors scored another run in the frame on Katie Lupinacci's (Bordentown, N.J.) fielder's choice grounder, but Owens recorded a strikeout before tossing a perfect seventh.

Roldan went 3 for 3 with two doubles, three runs scored and two RBI for the Golden Falcons. Brackett, Donah, and Kayla Weber (Oak Ridge, N.J.) added two hits apiece. Owens matched a career high with nine strikeouts, while walking just one batter.

Nyack (4-13, 2-2) jumped out to a 5-1 lead after two innings of the nightcap. Brase (3-3), the Warriors' Game 2 pitcher, made the early offense stand up, working a complete-game five-hitter. She struck out four batters and walked two, yielding solo home runs to Brackett in the first inning and Jackie Dueñas (Riverside, Calif.) in the fifth.

The Warriors put together five hits and took advantage of a Felician error in the bottom of the first. Run-scoring singles by Megan Richards (Nanuet, N.Y.) and Katalina Padilla (Las Cruces, N.M.) sandwiched an RBI groundout from Lupinacci. Brase highlighted Nyack's second inning rally with a two-run single.

Nyack leadoff batter Alissa Brugnoli (Hamilton, N.J.) went 3 for 3 with three stolen bases, and Brase finished 2 for 4. Freshman Racquel Manzo (Whittier, Calif.) was 2 for 3 for Felician.