Junior outfielder Michelle Foster had four hits and scored the game-winning run in the second game as Goldey-Beacom College (10-28, 6-16) earned a split of its Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference doubleheader against Caldwell College (33-8, 21-3) at the Jackson Athletic Complex on Saturday afternoon.
Foster hails from Overbrook High School in West Berlin, N.J.
After dropping a 12-1 decision in a five-inning affair in the first game, the Lightning snapped an 18-game losing streak by rallying to post a 2-1 victory in the nightcap. It was the Lightning?s first win since Mar. 30 against Post.
The Cougars took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning of the second game when a throwing error by junior Ashley Zaccaria (Gloucester City H.S./Gloucester City, N.J.) allowed sophomore Alyssa Calderon (Etiwanda H.S./Fontana, Calif.) to score.
But, the Lightning answered in the bottom of the second inning when senior Ashley Antosh (Twin Valley H.S./Honey Brook, Pa.) tied the game with a sacrifice fly to right field that scored sophomore Samantha Alonzo (Roy C. Ketcham H.S./Wappinger Falls, N.Y.) for the tying run.
In the bottom of the third inning, the Lightning took the lead at 2-1 when a sacrifice fly by sophomore Asia Ellis (Lenape H.S./Marlton, N.J.) allowed Foster to score for the one-run advantage.
From there, junior Courtney Dolson (Gloucester H.S./Gloucester, N.J.) held Caldwell to just one hit over the final four innings en route to her second victory of the season. Dolson, who improved to 2-9 with the win, scattered three hits and allowed just one unearned run.
In the first game, the Cougars exploded for five runs on four hits in the first inning to take a commanding 5-0 lead. After freshman Brielle Reighn (Triton Regional H.S./Runnemeade, N.J.) gave the Cougars a 1-0 edge with a single to right center field, Calderon added an RBI double to right field to increase the margin to 2-0.
After a triple from senior Dia Cascone (Susan E. Wagner H.S./Staten Island, N.Y.) extended the Caldwell cushion to 4-0, sophomore Briana Gaspich drove in a run with a ground out to make it a 5-0 game.
The Lightning trimmed the deficit to 5-1 in the bottom of the first inning after junior Roni Peters (Leonardtown H.S./Leonardtown, Md.) scored on a throwing error.
However, the Cougars scored seven unanswered runs over the next two innings to claim a 12-1 lead they did not relinquish.
Reighn led the Cougars to the victory in the first game by going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three runs batted in. Meanwhile, Cascone added three runs batted in while collecting two hits with a pair of runs scored.
Page 2 of 2 - In leading the Lightning to the doubleheader sweep, Foster also moved into seventh place on the Lightning?s all-time hits list and now has 119 hits in her college career. Peters also added two hits in the doubleheader.
The Lightning, who have earned 9 of their 10 wins this season at home, will continue a six-game homestand on Sunday afternoon by hosting Chestnut Hill College in a CACC doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m.
Meanwhile, the Cougars, who have lost four of their last five games after a school-record 27-game win streak, will host Pace University in a non-conference doubleheader on Sunday at 12 p.m.