Junior outfielder Michelle Foster (Overbrook H.S./West Berlin, N.J.) had four hits and scored four runs as Goldey-Beacom College (5-7, 2-0) opened its Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference softball schedule by sweeping a doubleheader against Felician College (4-12, 0-2) at the Lightning's Jackson Athletic Complex on Sunday afternoon.
The Lightning, who have won four consecutive games after starting the season with a 1-7 record, won the first game by an 8-5 margin before rallying to take the nightcap with an 8-7 victory.
Trailing by a 6-2 margin in the sixth inning of the second game, the Lightning scored five times to take a 7-6 lead. With one out, junior utility player Roni Peters (Leonardtown H.S./Leonardtown, Md.) drove in a run when she drew a bases loaded walk. Foster closed the margin to 7-5 when she hit a two-run single up the middle before a bunt single by freshman second baseman Madison Newhouser (North Schuylkill H.S./Ashland, Pa.) scored Peters from third base, narrowing the deficit to 7-6.
A fielder's choice by freshman designated player Taylor Ewing (North Dorchester H.S./Hurlock, Md.) tied the game at 7-7 after Foster beat the Golden Falcons? attempt to record the force out at home plate.
After the Golden Falcons regained an 8-7 edge in the top of the seventh inning on an RBI single by sophomore outfielder Joelle Erickson (Marina H.S./Huntington Beach, Calif.), the Lightning loaded the bases to start the bottom of the inning. After junior third baseman Ashley Zaccaria (Gloucester City H.S./Gloucester City, N.J.) walked and sophomore outfielder Alexa Houston (Sussex Central H.S./Georgetown, Del.) reached base on an infield single, Peters walked to load the bases.
With Foster at the plate, junior Tori Bradburn (Great Mills H.S./Ridge, Md.) threw a wild pitch that allowed Zaccaria to score and give Goldey-Beacom the comeback victory.
The Golden Falcons and Lightning traded a pair of runs in the first inning before an RBI single by sophomore Zharde Sellona (Aliso Niguel H.S./Aliso Viejo, Calif.) gave Felician a 3-2 lead in the third inning.
Felician added a run in the top of the fourth inning on an RBI groundout by sophomore Ciera Clark (Del Oro H.S./Granite Bay, Calif.) before upping the advantage to 5-2 in the top of the fifth inning on a single by sophomore Katie Heflin (Escalon H.S./Escalon, Calif.).
Sophomore shortstop Aimee Lopez (Riverbank H.S./Riverbank, Calif.) blasted a solo home run to center field to lead off the sixth inning, giving Felician a 6-2 advantage.
In the first game, the Lightning took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as sophomore Samantha Alonzo (Roy C. Ketcham H.S./Wappinger Falls, N.Y.) and Ewing hit back-to-back RBI triples to right field with two outs.
Page 2 of 2 - After the Lightning extended the lead to 3-0 in the third inning with an RBI double by Alonzo, the Golden Falcons trimmed the deficit to 3-1 when sophomore third baseman Taylor Parker (Semiahmoo H.S./Surrey, B.C.) drove in a run with a single to left field.
In the fifth inning, the Golden Falcons scored three times with two outs to take a 4-3 lead. After Lopez tied the game with a two-run triple to right field, Felician gained the one-run advantage on a single by junior second baseman Halei Van Dyke (West Milford H.S./West Milford, N.J.).
But, the Lightning answered with a three-run rally in the bottom of the inning to regain a 6-4 cushion. Freshman catcher Alivia Schoff (Rising Sun H.S./Colora, Md.) drove in a pair of runs on a single to left field before Zaccaria grounded out to score Ewing.
A sacrifice bunt by Erickson closed the Golden Falcons? deficit to 6-5 in the top of the sixth inning, but Goldey-Beacom plated a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the frame on a Newhouser double and an Alonzo single.
Foster, who has safely in six consecutive games, led a 21-hit attack by the Lightning while Schoff also contributed four hits with two runs batted in. Ewing, who is the Lightning's leading hitter with a .400 average this season, banged out three hits while driving in four runs.
Senior pitcher Ashley Antosh (Twin Valley H.S./Honey Brook, Pa.) earned both wins for the Lightning. She struck out five hitters in the first game while allowing four earned runs before pitching the final two innings in relief to secure the Lightning's victory in the nightcap.
Lopez, who drove in three runs, led three Felician players who collected three hits in the doubleheader. She also scored four runs for the Golden Falcons, who have lost seven straight games.
The Lightning, who finished a 12-game homestand to begin the season, will play their first road games of the season on Wednesday afternoon when they travel to Mercy College for a 2 p.m. doubleheader against the Mavericks. Meanwhile, Felician will open its home schedule on Monday afternoon with two games against St. Thomas Aquinas.