Offense Erupts for 31 Runs in Softball’s Sweep of Franklin Pierce


When and Where: April 19, 2017 – Rindge, N.H. (Bisaccia Softball Complex)
Game One Score: Southern New Hampshire University 9, Franklin Pierce University 3
Game Two Score: Southern New Hampshire University 22, Franklin Pierce University 3 (5 innings)
Records: SNHU 19-15 (5-9 Northeast-10), FPU 1-25 (1-15 Northeast-10)

Sophomore Erin Garczynski (Norwood, Mass.) finished 3-for-6 with seven RBI and three runs scored on Wednesday, as the Southern New Hampshire University softball team totaled 31 runs in a doubleheader sweep of Franklin Pierce University. The Penmen took game one of the Northeast-10 Conference twinbill, 9-3, before claiming the finale, 22-3. 

Junior Brittany Perdigao (Stoughton, Mass.) reached base nine times Wednesday, as she went 4-for-6 in the two-game set with five walks, an RBI and four runs scored. Freshman Jordan Wade (East Taunton, Mass.) collected five hits in six trips to the plate Wednesday, and scored four times, drove in two and added a pair of extra-base hits. Garczynski drove in five of her seven runs in Wednesday's second game, while freshman Gabriella Vachon (Newton, Mass.) knocked in six of her own in the contest as part of a 2-for-3 showing.

After the Ravens plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the second during game one, Southern New Hampshire responded with five in the next half inning. Back-to-back walks to Perdigao and junior Katie Horiuchi (Livingston, N.J.) put runners on first and second with nobody out for Garczynski, and a passed ball moved them both into scoring position. After a throwing error on a bunt attempt by Garczynski allowed the first run to score, junior Sarah Lavallee (Candia, N.H.) followed with a base hit into left that scored Horiuchi to make it 2-0. Senior Jessica Torsiello (Morris Plains, N.J.) dropped a sacrifice bunt down in an attempt to advance Lavallee to second, but as Torsiello was being thrown out at first, Garczynski broke for the plate and scored the third Penmen run of the frame. Wade stepped in next and tagged an RBI triple to the gap in right center before a fielder's choice off the bat of senior Erin Morrissey (Commack, N.Y.) provided SNHU with a 5-2 edge.

After neither side was able to generate any offense in the fourth or fifth innings, the Penmen extended their advantage with a three-run sixth. Freshman Erin Tyrell (Milford, N.H.) led off with a base hit to right before a single by Neverett and a throwing error on the relay allowed Tyrell to come all the way around and score. An infield single by Perdigao left runners on the corners with nobody out for Horiuchi, who dropped a sac bunt to score Neverett. Garczynski delivered the final run of the stanza with a base knock through the left side that brought in Perdigao and made it an 8-2 ballgame before the two sides traded runs in the seventh.

Freshman Maddy Barone (Halifax, Mass.) earned the win in the circle for Southern New Hampshire after going five innings in relief and allowing just one run on five hits with three strikeouts. Senior Nicole Gubellini (Salem, N.H.) worked the first two frames and surrendered a pair of runs while fanning three.

Game two saw the Penmen explode for 15 runs over the first two innings of play. Garczynski drove in the first two runs of the game with a single to right center before a base hit off the bat of Wade extended the lead to three. Two batters later, Vachon came up with the bases full and cleared them with a double to left center. Vachon would come in with the seventh run of the inning of an RBI knock by Horiuchi.

SNHU went back to work in the second and tacked on eight more runs to balloon its lead to 15. Morrissey provided a run-scoring single before a two-run double by Neverett put the Penmen into double digits. A sacrifice fly by Vachon and another RBI single by Horiuchi made it 12-0 before Garczynski drilled a three-run shot to center.

Southern New Hampshire tacked on four runs in the fourth before adding three runs in the fifth. After Torsiello smacked an RBI double down the line in left in the fourth, Morrissey laced a two-run two-bagger to the gap in right center. After a sac fly by Vachon capped the scoring in the fourth frame, a pair of bases loaded walks sandwiched a run-scoring single by Vachon in the fifth.

Lavallee picked up the win in game two with a complete-game effort that saw her scatter seven hits, strikeout five and allow three runs in the bottom of the seventh. 

- The Penmen rapped out 28 hits in the twinbill, with 10 coming in the first game and 18 in the second. SNHU was also the beneficiary of seven Franklin Pierce errors in game one and four miscues in game two.
- Morrisey's double was her first extra-base hit in 243 at-bats dating back to the 2015 season. Morrissey had collected 60 hits between left turns at first base, and of her 111 career hits, 107 are singles.
- The 22 runs scored in game two are a single-game program record for Southern New Hampshire, eclipsing the previous benchmark of 17 runs.
- The Penmen have now had four games finish in less than seven innings this season, their most since the 2015 season when they ended seven contests in fewer than seven.

What's Next:
Southern New Hampshire continues divisional play Friday (April 21) when it hosts Stonehill College at the SNHU Softball Field at 5 p.m.

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