Softball Drops Two in Florida to Open Season

Softball Drops Two in Florida to Open Season

CLERMONT, FLA.—The Southern New Hampshire University softball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader to open the season today, falling to Georgian Court 7-5 in game one before dropping an 8-5 decision to Wayne State (Neb.) in the nightcap.  The win for Georgian Court improved them to 1-2 on the season, while Wayne State improves to 3-0. 

The Penmen wasted no time getting on the board in today's season opener, as freshman Ali Maloof (Norwood, Mass.) doubled to left field in her first at-bat in the bottom of the first inning. She would advance to third on Nikki Newell's (Abington, Mass.) sacrifice bunt, and scored on a single to right field by Cristy Jenkins (Hudson, Mass.).  Jenkins would also score after advancing to second on a passed ball and scoring on a single by sophomore Cara Daly (Plainville, Mass.). 

SNHU would tack on two more in the bottom of the second as Tesia Stanasek (Blackstone, Mass.) and Amanda Barton (Franklin, N.H.) on a single by Newell, but Georgian Court would respond with an unearned run in the top of the third to close the lead to 4-1.  Georgian Court would even the score at 4-4 in the top of the fourth inning on back-to-back Penmen errors. Kelsea Cheney (Abington, Mass.) would connect for a solo homerun in the sixth inning but it would not be enough to advance the Penmen as Georgian Court scored single runs in the sixth and seventh innings to take the 7-5 win. 

Dolores Mattice (Schenectady, N.Y.) took the loss in the circle for the Penmen, pitching five innings before giving way to Rebecca Sherwood (Braintree, Mass.), who saw two innings of action in relief.

In the nightcap against Wayne State, the score was tied 1-1 after three innings, but Wayne State capitalized on errors by the Penmen to take a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning.  The Penmen scored three times in the top of the sixth to bring the score to 6-5, but Wayne State responded with two runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the 8-5 win. 

Jenkins led the Penmen in game two with two hits, while Daly finished with two RBI.  Maloof took the loss in the circle, pitching five innings and giving up four hits and only one earned run while striking out three.  Sherwood relieved Maloof in the sixth inning and saw one inning of work. 

The Penmen return to action tomorrow at the National Training Center in Clermont, Florida as part of a 10-game series in Florida.  The Penmen will face Wilmington at 1:00 p.m. and Rollins college at 5:00 p.m.