CLERMONT, Fla. – Junior first baseman Nicole Spiegelberg (Blauvelt, N.Y.) went 3 for 4 and drove in four runs to lead Felician University to a 6-3 non-conference softball victory over the University of Mary during the PFX Athletics Spring Games on Friday afternoon at the Hancock Recreation Complex. Later Friday, Felician suffered an 8-3 non-league setback to Minnesota State University-Moorhead.
The Golden Falcons (3-4) were beginning their six-day, 10-game stay at the PFX Athletics event.
Spiegelberg's second hit against UMary, a fifth-inning two-run double (video below), was the 100th of her collegiate career. She is the 21st player in Felician history, and the third active Golden Falcon, to reach that milestone.
The Marauders (4-6), the designated visiting team, broke a scoreless tie with a three-run home run by senior Kylie Alto (Beaverton, Ore.) in the top of the fourth inning. But Felician's offense broke through in the fifth and grabbed the lead. After loading the bases with one out on three walks, Spiegelberg's milestone hit pulled Felician to within 3-2. A sacrifice fly by Jackie Ribaudo (Staten Island, N.Y.) evened the score, and Mia Montoya (Las Vegas, Nev.) plated Spiegelberg with a single for the go-ahead run.
Spiegelberg lined a two-out two-run single in the sixth to pad the edge, and Golden Falcon reliever Trinity Garcia (West Covina, Calif.) set UMary down in order in the seventh. Garcia (2-2) earned the victory by working 3 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out five batters.
Montoya and sophomore C.J. Apacible (Long Beach, Calif.) were each 2 for 3 for Felician, which out-hit the Marauders, 10-5.
The Golden Falcons left 11 runners on base in their loss to MSU-Moorhead on Friday evening. Senior center fielder Steph Donah (Clark, N.J.) was 3 for 3 to deliver half of her team's hits, and Felician also drew seven walks and a hit batsman.
Felician was again the designated home team, and sophomore Keelee Davis (Chula Vista, Calif.) put the Golden Falcons ahead with a first-inning RBI single. But the Dragons (2-8) scored twice in the second before senior second baseman Taylor Roddie (Prior Lake, Minn.) blasted a solo home run in the third and a three-run shot in the fourth for a 6-1 lead.
The Golden Falcons threatened a comeback in the middle innings. They pushed across an unearned run in the fourth and Donah turned in a fifth-inning sacrifice fly to make the score 7-3. But in both frames, Felician left the bases loaded.
Redshirt sophomore Jaimie Parisi (South Hackensack, N.J.) made her first 2019 start in the pitching circle, yielding two earned runs on four hits over 2 1/3 frames. Davis was 2 for 4 and Spiegelberg garnered the other safety for Felician. The Dragons' Roddie collected a double to go with her pair of round-trippers.
Felician returns to Clermont on Saturday for single games against West Virginia Wesleyan College and Edinboro University.