Softball Connects for Five Home Runs to Sweep Pace 5-1, 2-1
MANCHESTER, N.H.—The Southern New Hampshire University softball team posted two wins in Northeast-10 Conference action against Pace University on Saturday afternoon by scores of 5-1 and 2-1. With the wins, the Penmen improve to 28-16 overall and 18-10 in NE-10 action, while the losses drop Pace to 28-20 overall and 15-15 in league play.
With her two home runs in the game two, Kelsea Cheney (Abington, Mass.) broke the program record for home runs in a season. She now has 13 home runs in her junior campaign, besting the record of 12 set by teammate Kate Stanley (Kingston, Mass.) in 2010.
In the opener, the Penmen took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning as Tesia Stanasek (Blackstone, Mass.) singled through the middle of the field. She would advance to second on a sacrifice bunt by Cara Daly (Plainville, Mass.). Third baseman Morgan Farmer (Kingston, Mass.) would then connect for her third home run of the season, a line drive down the right field line, to score two runs.
Farmer would connect for her second home run of the game in the sixth inning, scoring two more runs as Daly was granted first base on a hit-by-pitch and was pinch-run for by Natalie Metta (Norwood, Mass.). The fifth run of the day for the Penmen came on a solo home run to right-center by Nicole Newell (Abington, Mass.).
Pace would respond with a run in the bottom of the seventh inning on a solo home run by Hana Wright to left center, but a strike out and an pop up would end the game at 5-1 in favor of the Penmen.
Ali Maloof (Norwood, Mass.) earned the win in the circle and scattered five hits, one earned run and no walks while striking out five. Cailtlin McCann took the loss for Pace and gave up 10 hits, five earned runs and no walks while striking out two in 5.2 innings of action.
Farmer, Stanasek, and Amanda Barton (Franklin, N.H.) all led the Penmen at the plate with two hits apiece.
In the nightcap, the Penmen took an early 1-0 lead in the second inning when Cheney notched her 12th home run of the season to left field.
Pace would even the score in the fourth inning as Garcia walked, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Bell, and scored on a double by McMahon.
The score would remain deadlocked until the bottom of the sixth inning when Cheney connected for her second solo home run of the afternoon.
Rebecca Sherwood (Braintree, Mass.) earned the win in relief for the Penmen and scattered three hits, no runs, no walks and one strikeout in 3.2 innings of work. Dolores Mattice (Schenectady, N.Y.) had the start in the circle for SNHU and gave up four hits, one earned run and three walks in 3.1 innings of action.
Chelsea Shea took the loss for Pace but held the Penmen to just five hits, as Daly, Farmer, and Newell connected for hits in addition to Cheney's two.
Southern New Hampshire, which clinched a Northeast-10 playoff berth for the third time in four seasons with Saturday's sweep, is slated to close out the regular season at home against Adelphi University Sunday. That twinbill has been moved up one hour and is now slated for an 11:00 am start.