MANCHESTER N.H. - The Southern New Hampshire softball team swept Bentley University in a Northeast-10 Conference doubleheader Tuesday evening by scores of 3-2 and 4-1. The Penmen advance to 15-9 overall and 5-3 in the conference, while Bentley drops to 4-18 overall and 2-12 in conference play.
In the first game of the doubleheader, the Penmen jumped out to an early lead in the first inning from an Ali Maloof (Norwood, Mass.) solo homer to center field.
Bentley would tie the score at 1-1 in the top of the second when Megan Blier homered to center field. However, Morgan Farmer (Kingston, N.H.) would answer when she drove in Cara Daly (Plainville, Mass.) off of a double to left center, putting the Penmen back on top 2-1.
Bentley would look to tie the score again in the third inning at 2-2 on a Jackie Gauthier solo home run to left center. The Penmen would match the run, pushing the lead to 3-2 when Tesia Stanasek (Blackstone, Mass.), who reached on a fielder's choice, would score from a Daly RBI double.
Neither team would score again in the game, leaving the Penmen with a 3-2 victory at the end of seven innings. Pitching for the Penmen was Maloof who completed the game while giving up seven hits, two runs, and earning eleven strikeouts. Maloof improves to 6-6 on the season. Caitlin Betz took the loss for the Falcons and gave up seven hits, three runs in three innings pitched, dropping her record to 1-7 overall.
In the second game of the twinbill, SNHU would get on the scoreboard in the first inning from a Kelsea Cheney (Abington, Mass.) RBI single that drove in Amanda Barton (Franklin, N.H.), who reached on a single to the pitcher.
The Penmen would remain ahead by one through three innings until they went on a scoring rally in the fourth when they scored three runs and connected with the ball five times. Stanasek would start the rally with a single up the middle, followed by a Daly single to left field advancing Stanasek to second. Morgan Farmer would continue the hitting spree with an RBI single that advanced Daly to second and drove in Stanasek. Nicole Newell (Abington, Mass.) would also contribute with an RBI single to left, while Barton followed with another RBI single, scoring Farmer.
Bentley's lone run would come in the top of the fifth inning on a Chelsea Tamuk RBI sacrifice fly that would score Kelly Sanborn. The Penmen would continue to hold the lead through the remainder of the game at 4-1.
Dolores Mattice (Schenectady, N.Y.) earned the win for the Penmen in the circle today while striking out eight, and giving up just three hits and one run, improving her record to 5-3. For the Falcons, Carly Taitz would take the loss in the circle putting her record at 3-11. She allowed eight hits, four runs, and had just one strike out in 3.2 innings of play.
Southern New Hampshire returns to action when they host Northeast-10 Conference opponent Stonehill College for a doubleheader on Thursday, April 5 with game starts at 4:00 and 6:00 p.m.