CALDWELL, NJ - The Caldwell College softball team, ranked 11th nationally, split a non-conference doubleheader with visiting No. 18 LIU Post Sunday afternoon at Caldwell Field. The Cougars (26-4) won the first game 5-3, and the Pioneers (27-5) won Game 2, 8-4.
In Game 1, Caldwell scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning and another run in the second to lead 4-0. Sophomore Brielle Reighn (Runnemeade, NJ / Triton Regional) and juniors Alyssa Calderon (Fontana, CA / Etiwanda) and Megan Fryday (San Marcos, CA / Mission Hills) drove in runs in the first, while Calderon added an RBI single in the second.
After the Pioneers scored twice in the fourth, sophomore Caitlin McCready (Jupiter, FL / Dwyer) singled home freshman Gracie Sullivan (Elmhurst, IL / York) in the fifth for a 5-2 lead. LIU Post scored a run in the sixth to make the score 5-3, but sophomore Amber Padilla (Chino, CA / Pomona Catholic) retired the side in order in the seventh to close out the win.
Padilla (9-2) gave up three runs, one earned, on seven hits while striking out five in a complete-game effort. Reighn, Calderon and Fryday each recorded two hits for the Cougars.
Caldwell got off to a fast start in the second game, as junior Kristen Knorr (Monroeville, NJ / Delsea) led off with a double and later scored on a single by Reighn. McCready came home on a sacrifice fly from Fryday for a 2-0 lead. Then in the second, Knorr singled home freshman Amy Hickman (Jackson, NJ / Jackson Liberty) to put the Cougars on top, 3-0. In the top of the third, the Pioneers took the lead with four runs, including a three-run homer by Aly Dzierzynski.
After LIU Post made it 5-3 with a run on an error in the sixth, the Cougars loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth with one out. Sullivan scored from third on an error, but Caldwell was unable to capitalize any further, stranding three runners. Maria Palmeri put the game out of reach with a three-run home run in the top of the seventh to lead 8-4. Quincy Lewis retired the final five batters to earn her sixth save of the season.
Knorr went 4-for-4 with a run and an RBI, while McCready was 3-for-3 with a run for Caldwell.
The Cougars host Adelphi University in a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday, Apr. 15, beginning at 3:00 p.m.at Caldwell Field.
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