SPRINGFIELD, Mass.—Junior Kelsea Cheney (Abington, Mass.) (pictured) collected her 100th career hit as the Southern New Hampshire University softball team split a Northeast-10 Conference doubleheader with the Yellow Jackets of American International College on Saturday afternoon. The Penmen downed the Yellow Jackets 4-3 in game one before falling 2-0 to the hosts in the nightcap. The Penmen now stand at 13-7 overall and 3-1 in NE-10 play, while the Yellow Jackets are 7-13 overall and 3-1 in league play.
Cheney, who reached the milestone on the first of her three hits in game one, becomes just the 12th player in program history to surpass 100 career hits.
The Penmen took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning as Tesia Stanasek (Blackstone, Mass.) reached on an error, advanced to third on a double, and scored on a fly ball right field by Cristy Jenkins (Hudson, Mass.).
The Yellow Jackets would respond in the bottom of the inning with three runs, as Stephanie Belanger and Michele Neijadlik scored on a double by Erin St. Pierre. St. Pierre would then score on a fly ball to center field.
The Penmen would take the 4-3 lead in the top of the fifth when Ali Maloof (Norwood, Mass.) and Amanda Barton (Franklin, N.H.) reached on back-to-back singles. They were followed by Kate Stanley (Kingston, Mass.), who connected for a home run, scoring three.
Rebecca Sherwood (Braintree, Mass.) earned the win in the circle, throwing four innings and giving up four hits before giving way to Dolores Mattice (Schenectady, N.Y.), who scattered two hits and four strikeouts in three innings of work.
In the nightcap, the Yellow Jackets took an early 1-0 lead after one inning of play as Haley Marchand doubled and advanced to third on a fielding error. She would score when Niejadlick connected for a single to right field.
The Yellow Jackets tacked on another run in the fifth inning as Bethany Grimes singled and advanced to second an error. She would move to third on a sacrifice by Katie Merrill, and would score on another Penmen error.
Maloof took the loss in the circle, scattering six hits and a walk while striking out nine batters in the complete-game effort. Kristen Dolan earned the win for the Yellow Jackets, sacrificing just one hit and one walk while striking out eight.
Southern New Hampshire returns to action tomorrow when it travels to Assumption College for a Northeast-10 Conference doubleheader slated to start at 12:00 p.m.