Softball Breaks Seal On 2019 Win Column

Right-handed softball pitcher at top of motion.
Trinity Garcia earned her first college victory on Feb. 16, 2019. (Kim Spiegelberg)

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – After three delays, a change of venue and a game lasting two hours, 37 minutes, the Felician University softball team entered the win column for 2019 with a 13-5 non-conference victory over Southern Connecticut State University on Saturday night at the Ned Donkle Complex. Felician freshman Trinity Garcia (West Covina, Calif.) worked all seven innings for her first collegiate pitching victory.

Much earlier on Saturday, the Golden Falcons (1-3) were handed a 3-1 non-league setback by Lock Haven University at Grand Park. Both games were part of the Snowbird Freeze-Out event.

The tournament's schedule was impacted by rain overnight and into the morning. Felician's game against Southern Connecticut State was originally slated for 2 p.m. at Grand Park. It was first delayed until 3 p.m., then, to accommodate other action, was moved to the Donkle Complex at 6 p.m. Due to runover of previous games on their newly-scheduled field, the Golden Falcons and Owls did not actually get started until approximately 7:15.

When the first pitch finally arrived, Garcia (1-2) and the Felician offense were ready. The Golden Falcons, the designated visiting team, piled up 15 base hits by 10 different players. They led, 2-1, after four frames, before breaking the game open with seven runs in the top of fifth. A two-out, three-run double by senior Steph Donah (Clark, N.J.) keyed that rally.

SCSU (1-3) reached Garcia for three runs in the home half of the fifth to avoid the game ending on the NCAA eight-run rule. Felician, however, tacked on a run in the sixth and three more in the seventh. Junior Nicole Spiegelberg (Blauvelt, N.Y.) (2 for 3, 3 runs, 2 RBI) and sophomore C.J. Apacible (Long Beach, Calif.) (2 for 3, two runs) were each on base four times.

Garcia allowed one earned run on six hits. She recorded three strikeouts. The teams combined to commit nine errors and draw 13 walks as temperatures dipped below 45 degrees.

In its morning game, Felician fell victim to a four-hitter by Lock Haven right-handed pitcher Kayla Gee (Williamsport, Pa.). The junior hurler struck out 10 Golden Falcons while walking two, throwing 65 of her 103 pitches for strikes.

Gee's effort nullified a solid performance by Golden Falcon freshman lefty Martarina Crumb (Branchville, N.J.) (0-1). Making her first career start, Crumb also went the distance, yielding two earned runs on six hits over seven frames. She recorded three strikeouts and three walks.

After picking up a first-inning tally on a double, wild pitch and sacrifice fly, the Bald Eagles (1-2) scored twice in the fourth. With runners on second and third bases and none out, Madison Mathes (Hammonton, N.J.) singled up the middle and Mikayla Ruppert (Bethlehem, Pa.) followed with a squeeze bunt.

Freshman Jackie Ribaudo's (Staten Island, N.Y.) RBI double in the fifth was the only blemish on Gee's line.

Three of the Golden Falcons' four hits were doubles, with Spiegelberg and Keelee Davis (Chula Vista, Calif.) also knocking out two-baggers.