BROOKVILLE, N.Y.—The Southern New Hampshire softball team split in a non-conference matchup against C.W. Post on Sunday afternoon. The Penmen fell 9-8 in the first game won 1-0 in the nightcap. The Penmen are now 10-6 overall while the Pioneers stand at 13-9.
In the first game of the doubleheader, the Penmen got off to a 3-0 start in the first inning led by a Tesia Stanasek (Blackstone, Mass.) double to left center that drove in the first run. Amanda Barton (Franklin, N.H.) would score of Stanasek's RBI double, while Cara Daly (Plainville, Mass.) followed with another RBI double that drove in Kelsea Cheney (Abington, Mass.) and Stanasek.
The Penmen continued their scoring in the second inning on a Barton fielders' choice that would advance pinch runner Jessica Berardi (Raynham, Mass.) to second, and a throwing error by Post would advance Morgan Farmer (Kingston, Mass.) to third base. A Cristy Jenkins (Hudson, Mass.) walk would bring Farmer home and extend the lead to 4-0.
Kate Stanley would pioneer another Penmen score as she doubled in the third inning advancing Daly, who walked, to third base. Back to back Berardi and Ali Maloof walks would advance Daly to home plate and gather another run making the lead 5-0.
The Pioneers, led by Nicole Hagenah, who went 3-3 with two runs and three RBIs, would drive in the first run on a single up the middle. She would continue to second base when Alyson Dzierzynski was hit by a pitch. C.W. Post continued to score two more runs in the third inning off of Kendall Bright and Kristen Morcone back-to-back RBIs.
Cheney would hit a solo home run to score the only run of the fourth inning for the Penmen while pushing their lead to 6-3. However, the Pioneers would cut the lead to one, 6-5, at the end of the fourth inning when Hagenah had her second hit of the day advancing two runners across home plate.
The Penmen looked to push their lead one more time in the sixth inning. Stanasek started the push with a single, followed by a Daly single that advanced Stanasek to third. Stanley would pick up her only RBI of the game when she reached first base on a bunt and Stanasek was able to score. SNHU continued the runs with a Farmer single up the middle and a Daly score.
C.W. Post matched the Penmen's two runs in the sixth to set the score at 8-7 entering the final inning.
Nicole Capella started off the seventh inning Pioneer charge with a lead off single to left field. Capella's single was followed by a Catherin Havens single, and a Krysta Palazzo sacrifice bunt. With runners on second and third, Hagenah would walk to load the bases and Dzierzynski would single to left field driving in two Pioneer runs to end the game.
Dolores Mattice (Schenectady, N.Y.) started the game in the circle for the Penmen giving up five hits and three runs in 2.2 innings before giving way to Maloof, who took the loss in the circle sacrificing six runs and nine hits to fall to 5-3 on the season. C.W. Post pitcher Hayley Bettles pitched 5.2 innings allowing seven hits and four runs. Liz Weber would enter in relief and allow just four hits and four runs.
In the second game of the twinbill, both the Penmen and Pioneers remained scoreless through three innings until Daly doubled to right center. Natalie Metta (Norwood, Mass.) would pinch run for Daly, while Stanley would crank an RBI double down the right field line and Metta would score making the lead 1-0.
Neither team would score again in the game. Penmen Rebecca Sherwood (Braintree, Mass.) would get the win for the Penmen and earn her first career shutout completing seven innings and allowing just five hits. For the Pioneers, Megan Salcido pitched a full game getting the loss while allowing just three hits and one run.
The Penmen return to action Monday March 26, when they travel to Mercy for a non-conference doubleheader matchup with games starting 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.