WORCESTER, Mass.—The Southern New Hampshire University softball team dropped both ends of a Northeast-10 Conference doubleheader to the Greyhounds of Assumption College on Sunday afternoon. The Penmen fell 7-6 in 10 innings in game one and 9-1 in six innings in game two. With the losses, the Penmen now sit 13-9 overall and 3-3 in NE-10 Conference play, while the win boosts Assumption to 14-9 overall and 7-3 in league play.
The Greyhounds struck first in game one, as Jess DiPilato connected for a solo homerun in the bottom of the second inning. The Penmen evened the score at 1-1 in the top of the fifth as Tesia Stanasek (Blackstone, Mass.) led off the inning with a double down the left field line, advanced to third on sacrifice hit by Cara Daly (Plainville, Mass.) and scored on a single to left field by Jessica Douillette (Concord, N.H.).
Scoring was silenced until the top of the 10th inning, when SNHU notched five runs to take the lead. Cristy Jenkins (Hudson, Mass.), who started the inning on second due to the international tiebreaker rule, advanced to second on a sacrifice play by Morgan Farmer (Kingston, N.H.) and scored the earned run on a single by Amanda Barton (Franklin, N.H.). Barton would move to second as Ali Maloof (Norwood, Mass.) reached on a throwing error by Assumption shortstop Marissa Palumbo. With two runners on base, Kate Stanley (Kingston, Mass.) would single to left field, scoring both to give the Penmen the 4-1 lead. Kelsea Cheney (Abington, Mass.) would follow with a two-run homerun to put the Penmen up 6-1.
Assumption would respond with a high-scoring inning of its own, totaling four hits, three walks, and a hit-by-pitch to score six runs and finalize the 7-6 victory.
Maloof earned the start in the circle in totaled a career-high 15 strikeouts in the complete-game effort while scattering eight hits and seven strikeouts in 9.2 innings of work. Jennifer Lowrey earned the win for the Greyhounds and scattered 12 hits and six runs in 10 innings of work while striking out five.
Stanasek (pictured) led the Penmen at the plate in game one with three hits, while Barton, Maloof, Stanley and Cheney each finished with two hits apiece. DiPilato led Assumption with three hits, while five different Greyhounds batters connected for single hits.
In the nightcap, Assumption took a 3-0 lead after the first inning as Tayna Robidoux and Lauren Medeiros reached on walks and scored on a double by DiPilato. DiPilato would then score on a single to centerfield by Marissa Palumbo.
The Penmen would answer with a run in the top of the second as Jenkins reached on a fielder's choice, advanced to second as Douillette drew a walk, and scored as Farmer singled to left field.
Assumption tallied two more runs in the third inning and four in the sixth inning to take the 9-1 win in six innings.
Dolores Mattice (Schenectady, N.Y.) took the loss in the circle for the Penmen and gave up five hits and five earned runs with two walks and two strikeouts in two full innings of work. Rebecca Sherwood (Braintree, Mass.) pitched 3.2 innings in relief and scattered eight hits, four earned runs, a walk, and two strikeouts. Jenn Lattal earned the win for Assumption, sacrificing five hits, two walks, and a strikeout in four innings of work. Chelsea Durso gave up one hit and struck out two batters in two innings of relief for the Greyhounds.
The Penmen were led at the plate by Farmer, who totaled a team-high two hits, and Barton, Maloof, Stanasek, and Jenkins, who each recorded a single hit. DiPilato led the Greyhounds at the plate with a game-high four hits. Nikki Boris added three hits, while Melissa Jalbert and Palumbo both connected for two hits apiece.
Southern New Hampshire University returns to action Tuesday, when it hosts Bentley University in a Northeast-10 Conference doubleheader beginning at 4:00 p.m.