WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – The Felician University softball team recovered nicely from a difficult loss to defeat the College of Saint Rose, 4-2, in non-conference action on Tuesday afternoon during PFX Athletics' THE Spring Games at the DiamondPlex Softball Complex. Earlier in the day, the Golden Falcons had suffered an 18-5, five-inning non-league setback to Wheeling University.
Senior left fielder Monica Laverty (Lyndhurst, N.J.) collected three hits and scored three runs on the day for Felician (2-6).
Felician was assigned as the visiting team against Saint Rose, a fellow member of the East Region of NCAA Division II. Trailing 2-0, after four frames, the Golden Falcons took the lead with four unearned runs in the fifth inning. Freshman Vienna Chierchia (Manalapan, N.J.) and Laverty reached on consecutive one-out singles. An error on Nicole Spiegelberg's (Blauvelt, N.Y.) ground ball scored Chierchia and sent Laverty around to third. After Spiegelberg stole second base, both runners advanced a bag on Jackie Ribaudo's (Staten Island, N.Y.) RBI single.
Ribaudo also swiped second. The Golden Knights failed to retire a runner on C.J. Apacible's (Long Beach, Calif.) grounder, and Alexis De La Cruz (San Jacinto, Calif.) brought home Ribaudo with a squeeze bunt to cap the rally.
Felician senior right-hander Erin Powers (Aberdeen, N.J.) had given up single runs to the Golden Knights in each of the first two innings. Pitching with the lead for the first time, Powers retired Saint Rose in order in the fifth, and worked around a pair of two-out sixth-inning singles. She induced three consecutive ground balls in the seventh to help the Golden Falcons snap a six-game losing streak.
Powers (2-1) went the distance on a five-hitter. She yielded one earned run, a Savanna Liverio (Schenectady, N.Y.) home run leading off the second. Powers struck out five Golden Knights and walked three. Laverty and Chierchia garnered two hits apiece, as did Liverio and losing pitcher Alysa Houghtaling (Castleton, N.Y.) (1-3) for Saint Rose (2-6).
On Tuesday morning, it was the Golden Falcons, playing as the home team, who led, 2-0 after two stanzas. But Wheeling (4-2) moved ahead with four runs in the top of the third, then exploded for 12 in the fourth. The Cardinals amassed 14 hits and drew nine walks off three Felician pitchers, and four Golden Falcon errors helped lead to eight Wheeling unearned runs.
Wheeling junior second baseman Heather Pinney (North Canton, Ohio) went for 4 for 6 with six runs batted in. Senior Morgan Hodge (Willoughby, Ohio) was 3 for 3 with a double and five RBI. Spiegelberg was 2 for 3 with a double for Felician.
Felician returns to THE Spring Games on Wednesday to take on Glenville State University at 10 a.m. and Kentucky Wesleyan College at 12:15 p.m. in Winter Haven.