MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Southern New Hampshire softball team won both ends of a Northeast-10 Conference double-header against cross-town rival Saint Anselm Tuesday afternoon, posting a 4-3 win in 10 innings in game one and a 3-0 shutout win in the nightcap. Freshman Ali Maloof (Norwood, Mass.) collected both of the wins in the circle for the Penmen improving their overall record to 9-3 and their conference record to 2-0 while winning their last eight games in a row. Saint Anselm College stands with a 6-12 overall record and sit at 0-2 in the NE-10.
The Penmen bunted their way to victory while beating Saint Anselm 4-3 in extra innings in the first game of twin bill. The game was won in the tenth inning by an Amanda Barton (Franklin, N.H.) run on a fielder's choice RBI bunt from Cristy Jenkins (Hudson, Mass.). The Penmen laid down three bunts in the final inning that pushed them ahead of the Hawks to earn the win.
SNHU remained scoreless until the bottom of the fifth inning when Kate Stanley (Kingston, Mass.) cranked the solo home run down the left field line to tie the game at 1-1. After a Barton single, Maloof reached on a fielder's choice and Barton was able to advance to third on a Hawks' throwing error. Nikki Newell (Abington, Mass.) drove in the Penmen's second run of the inning with a sacrifice groundout RBI to the pitcher, scoring Barton. The Penmen took the 2-1 lead and would keep it until the top of the seventh inning.
Saint Anselm's Aimee LaLancette would score the game tying run off of a Dolores Mattice (Schenectady, N.Y.) wild pitch, forcing the game into extra innings.
Both teams remained scoreless for the next two innings. Saint Anselm would tally a run in the top of the tenth when Hayley Lombard was placed on second base because of the international tie-breaker rule, and scored off of a Nicole Boucher RBI sacrifice fly.
For the Penmen, Morgan Farmer (Hudson, N.H.) was the player placed on second base for the tie-breaker rule. Jessica Berardi (Raynham, Mass.) would pinch run for Farmer, and would be the tying run across the plate after advancing to third from a Maloof sacrifice bunt and finally scoring off of Newell fielder's choice RBI bunt. Barton reached first base after getting hit by a pitch, and would continue to be the game-winning run.
Freshman Maloof earned the win in the circle for the Penmen while pitching two innings, giving up just two hits and one run while also batting 1-2 at the plate. Mattice pitched eight strong innings in the circle letting up ten hits and only two runs. Saint Anselm pitcher Tayla Trask took the loss for the team while falling to a 2-1 record. She pitched 5.1 innings and sacrificed three hits and four runs. Shannon Dalton also pitched in the circle for the Hawks for four innings while giving up three hits and one run.
In the nightcap, the Penmen jumped out to an early lead, scoring all of their three runs in the first two innings. Kelsea Cheney (Abington, Mass.) brought in the first run with her RBI single which allowed Maloof, who singled off of a bunt, to score.
SNHU would build their lead to 3-0 in the second inning as Stanley powered the rally with a single to left center, followed by a Farmer single. Barton followed her teammates by singling on a bunt to load the bases. Maloof then connected on double through the right side earning, two RBIs as Stanley and Farmer both scored.
Maloof went 3-4 at the plate while also earning another win in the circle, pitching her second career one-hitter and improving her season record 5-2. For the Hawks, Alexis Bogdanovich took the loss in the circle sacrificing nine hits, three runs, and five strikeouts in a complete game.
The Penmen return to action this weekend when they travel to Molloy College for a 12:00 p.m. non-conference doubleheader.