Softball Opens Season In Myrtle Beach, Drops Pair

Softball outfielder preparing for catch.
Bella Bradian had two hits in a season-opening loss to New Haven. (Dave Schofield)

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The Felician University softball team suffered two non-conference losses on Friday afternoon during the Snowbird Freeze-Out event at Grand Park. Felician began the day by dropping a 14-6, five-inning decision to the University of New Haven before falling, 11-1, to Shippensburg University.

All three teams were playing their first two games of the 2019 season on Friday.

New Haven (2-0) used the big inning to earn its come-from-behind victory. The Chargers, the designated home team, scored seven times in the bottom of the third inning to erase a 5-2 deficit, then forced the NCAA 8-run rule with a five-run fourth. Felician loaded the bases in the top of the fifth but was unable to extend the game.

Felician freshman Krystina Lorch (Hemet, Calif.) lined a two-run single in the second inning for her first career hit. Junior Nicole Spiegelberg (Blauvelt, N.Y.) hit a tiebreaking two-run home run in the third, and senior Mia Montoya (Las Vegas, Nev.) followed with a solo shot.

Sophomore Keelee Davis (Chula Vista, Calif.) was 2 for 2 with a walk and senior Bella Bradian (Mount Royal, N.J.) also had two hits for the Golden Falcons. Freshman Jackie Ribaudo (Staten Island, N.Y.) joined Lorch in earning her first collegiate base hit during the contest.

New Haven drew 12 walks plus a hit batsman. Sophomore Jovanna Hillman (Seymour, Conn.) capped the game's scoring with a fourth inning grand slam. Senior Taylor Luzzi (Fishkill, N.Y.) scored three runs and drove in three. Reliever Ava Fitzmaurice (Greenville, N.Y.) gave up one run, none earned, over the final 2 2/3 innings for the victory.

Shippensburg (2-0) received a complete-game three-hitter from freshman right-hander Tressa Kagarise (Purcellville, Va.). The Raiders led, 3-0, after two innings, then pulled away with four runs in the fifth and four more in the seventh.

Sophomore C.J. Apacible (Long Beach, Calif.) was 2 for 3 and classmate Jaimie Parisi (South Hackensack, N.J.) had an RBI single for the Golden Falcons.

The Raiders banged out 13 hits, including five doubles. Freshman Morgan DeFeo (West Grove, Pa.) went 3 for 4 with two doubles and three runs scored.

The Golden Falcons are back in action at Grand Park on Saturday with non-league games against Lock Haven University at 10 a.m. and Southern Connecticut State University at 2 p.m.