#13 SNHU Softball Keeps Rolling, Sweeps Franklin Pierce

#13 SNHU Softball Keeps Rolling, Sweeps Franklin Pierce

BOX GAME ONE | BOX GAME TWO 

When and Where: April 10, 2019 – Hooksett, N.H. (SNHU Softball Field)
Game 1: #13 Southern New Hampshire 4, Franklin Pierce 1
Game 2: #16 Southern New Hampshire 11, Franklin Pierce 1 (5 innings)
Records: SNHU 29-4 (14-0 NE10, 8-0 NE10 NE), Franklin Pierce 6-22 (2-12 NE10, 0-8 NE10 NE)

Top Performers:
- Sophomore Shay Sauvageau (Griswold, Conn.) went 7-for-7, all singles, knocking in four runs on the afternoon.
- Junior Maddy Barone (Halifax, Mass.) pitched her tenth complete game of the season, allowing five hits and recording five strikeouts.
- Freshman Emily Carbonneau (Lowell, Mass.) had two hits in each game, including her seventh home run in the opener.
- Sophomore Jackie Gavin (Laconia, N.H.) went 3-for-4 in the second game with two doubles, driving in two runs.

Game One:   SNHU 4-1
- The Penmen, playing as the visitor with a site shift to SNHU because of field conditions, hit for a run in the top of the first inning.  Freshman Chloe Griffin (Salem, N.H.) singled, advancing to third on an error on a pick-off attempt.  Senior Erin Garczynski (Norwood, Mass.) hit a sacrifice fly to put SNHU up 1-0.
- Franklin Pierce drew even in the bottom of the third inning on a double by Jess Rego, and a single back up the middle by Allie Martinez.
- Carbonneau blasted a two-out home run out to the bleachers in left field in the top of the fourth to put the Penmen up for good.
- A single by Carbonneau, and an error, put two on base for Shay Sauvageau.  She delivered her third hit of the game to score one run.  Junior Erin Tyrrell (Milford, N.H.) hit a sacrifice fly for the final run.
- Both starters went the distance in the circle.  Barone improved to 15-1 while Franklin Pierce sophomore Cyrena Zemaitis struck out nine. 

Game Two:  SNHU 11-1 (5)
- Sophomore Olivia Strasser (Rutland, Mass.) improved to 10-1, settling down after slow start in the cold, blustery conditions.
- The Ravens used a walk by Jess Rego, a single by Allie Martinez, a sacrifice bunt by Cat Simmons, and an SNHU error to push across the first run.  
- The Penmen did not score in the first inning, but plated four in the second, a run in the third, three runs in the top of the fourth and fifth to complete the run-rule victory.
- Nine batters came to the plate in the second.  Gavin doubled home Carbonneau for the first run and Sauvageau singled to score Gavin.  After Junior Gabriella Vachon (Newton, Mass.) reached on a fielders choice, Tyrrell tripled.  Griffin made it 4-1 with a single to right field, knocking in Tyrrell.
- A two-out rally in the third started with another double by Gavin, scoring when Sauvageau reached on a hit and error. 
- Junior Jordan Wade (East Taunton, Mass.) and Sauvageau had RBI hits in the fourth inning.  Wade delivered a bunt single to score sophomore Emily Critch (Halifax, Mass.), who had singled.
- Tyrrell started the top of the fifth with a single and a stolen base and Griffin followed with an RBI single to make it 9-1.  Garczynski added an RBI single and Gavin singled in another run.

Notes:
- In the latest NFCA Division II poll, released Wednesday, SNHU moved up to 13th in the nation.  
- Barone has 15 consecutive winning decisions since dropping the season opener to Slippery Rock in Myrtle Beach on February 15.
- The Penmen completed a sweep of Franklin Pierce, improving to 8-0 in the NE10 Northeast Division.  Assumption (7-1) and Saint Anselm College (7-1) are tied for second place.  The Penmen play five of the next seven games against those teams.

What's Next:
- SNHU will open a three-game series with Assumption on Friday at 4 p.m. at the SNHU Softball Field. 
- The Penmen will also host the Greyhounds in a doubleheader on Saturday at 2 p.m., which will be carried by Fox College Sports. 

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