PHILADELPHIA – Senior center fielder Steph Donah (Clark, N.J.) lined a go-ahead two-run single in the fifth inning to help lead Felician University to a 10-8 Game 2 victory over host University of the Sciences and a split of the teams' Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference softball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at FDR Park. USciences claimed the day's first game by a 7-0 score.
With the win in the nightcap, Felician (8-19, 4-6 CACC) ended a seven-game losing streak. Donah drove in four runs, and joined shortstop C.J. Apacible (Long Beach, Calif.) and designated player Isabel Davis (Chula Vista, Calif.) with three hits each.
The Golden Falcons broke a 1-1 tie with four runs in the top of the fourth inning, coming up with five hits after their first two batters were retired. Freshman Krystina Lorch (Hemet, Calif.) highlighted the uprising with a two-run double. But the Devils responded with a five-spot in the home half of the fourth for a 6-5 edge. USciences used three walks, a hit batsman and an error to go along with their three hits in the frame.
Felician redshirt sophomore Jaimie Parisi (South Hackensack, N.J.) singled to start the fifth. She was sacrificed to second base and scored the tying run on a Davis single. Following a hit by Apacible and a wild pitch, Donah's single to right put the visitors back on top, 8-6.
The Golden Falcons tacked on a pair of runs in the seventh on Donah's fielder's choice grounder and a groundout by Nicole Spiegelberg (Blauvelt, N.Y.). The insurance proved important when USciences junior Madison LaPlante (Medford, N.J.) reached Felician pitcher Martarina Crumb (Branchville, N.J.) for a two-out, two-run home run. Crumb then issued a walk to allow the potential tying run to bat but induced a foulout to secure the victory.
Crumb (3-11) tossed 142 pitches in a complete-game victory. She survived allowing 11 hits, eight walks and a hit batsman, as the Devils (3-15, 3-7) stranded 12 runners. LaPlante was 3 for 4 with four RBI, and freshman Miranda Rodriguez (Pittsgrove, N.J.) went 3 for 5. Meanwhile, the Golden Falcons obtained 16 base hits off three Devil pitchers.
In Game 1, Felician fell victim to a four-hit shutout by USciences senior right-hander Kaitlyn Gaynor (Berlin, N.J.). Only once did the Golden Falcons have a runner reach third base, and all four hits were singles. Gaynor threw 117 pitches, 79 for strikes, while recording seven strikeouts and one walk.
The Devils, meanwhile, scored in each of the first five innings. Leadoff batter Gabrielle Simms (Phoenixville, Pa.) was 2 for 4 with three RBI, and first baseman Rebecca Colandrea (North Brunswick, N.J.) also collected two hits. Senior right fielder Bella Bradian (Mount Royal, N.J.) was 2 for 3 with a stolen base for Felician.
Felician steps out of league play for the final time this season on Tuesday, traveling to Kutztown University for a 2:30 p.m. doubleheader.