Softball Team Concludes Trip To Florida

(Photo of Krystina Lorch by Dave Schofield)
(Photo of Krystina Lorch by Dave Schofield)

CLERMONT, Fla. – The Felician University softball team was defeated twice on Wednesday morning during the PFX Athletics Spring Games at Legends Way Ballfields. Felician first dropped an 11-2 decision to Assumption College before falling, 17-0, to LIU Post. Both games were halted after five innings due to the NCAA eight-run rule.

The games completed the Golden Falcons' six-day, 10-game trip to central Florida. Both of Wednesday's opponents were fellow members of the East Region of Division II.

Felician (4-11) got off to a fast start against Assumption. The Golden Falcons were the designated visiting team and struck quickly. Sophomore C.J. Apacible (Long Beach, Calif.) led off the first inning with a triple, and scored on freshman Krystina Lorch's (Hemet, Calif.) single up the middle. Felician tacked on an unearned run in the second but stranded five baserunners in the opening two frames.

Assumption (3-2) took advantage by erupting for five runs in the home half of the second. The Greyhounds needed only two hits, using three walks and three Felician errors. A two-run single by Shelby Lindsay (New Durham, N.H.) capped the uprising.

The Greyhounds took full control in the third, receiving two-run doubles from Julia Mazzeo (Milford, N.H.) and Alyssa Beaton (Smithfield, R.I.). Assumption tacked on two runs with just one hit in the fifth to move ahead, 11-2. In the top of the fifth, the Golden Falcons loaded the bases with one out, but could not extend the game.

Assumption pitcher Mia Nowicki (Chelsea, Mass.) gave up five hits over four innings to earn the victory. Lorch was 2 for 2 for Felician.

Later Wednesday, LIU Post (3-1) was the visiting team and plated four first-inning runs. The Pioneers broke the game open with six runs in the fourth, then needed only two hits to score seven times in the fifth.

Felician was limited to two baserunners in a complete-game effort by Post hurler Katie Humhej (Surrey, British Columbia). Nicole Spiegelberg (Blauvelt, N.Y.) singled leading off the second inning, and Bella Bradian (Mount Royal, N.J.) reached on a third-inning error. Pioneer junior right fielder Megan Sneeden (Valley Cottage, N.Y.) was 2 for 3 with a double and drove in five runs.

Felician begins Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference play with a noon doubleheader on Mar. 16 at Chestnut Hill College.