Softball Stays Undefeated at Home with Two Wins Over Stonehill

Softball Stays Undefeated at Home with Two Wins Over Stonehill

MANCHESTER N.H.- The Southern New Hampshire University softball team swept Stonehill by scores of 3-2 and 1-0 in a Northeast-10 Conference matchup Thursday evening at Penmen Field. The Penmen improve to a 17-9 overall record and 7-3 in conference play, while Stonehill is 15-9 overall and 8-8 in the conference.

In the first game, junior Cristy Jenkins (Hudson, Mass.) hit a walk-off home run to push SNHU past Stonehill.  Jenkins knocked out her second homer on the season over the center field fence in the seventh inning.
 
The Penmen took an early lead in the first inning when Kate Stanley (Kingston, Mass.) hit her fourth home run of the season, bringing home Amanda Barton (Franklin, N.H.), who reached on a bunt.
 
SNHU stayed on top 2-0 through four innings until Stonehill's Jocelynne Morrell homered to left center driving in teammate Kelsey Wilcox who led off the inning with a double. Stonehill would tie the score at two a piece.
Neither team would score again until the game winning home run by Jenkins.

Ali Maloof  (Norwood, Mass.) pitched a complete game for the Penmen earning 11 strikeouts and allowing just two hits and two runs. For the Skyhawks, Lindsay McKillop pitched a complete game, giving up seven hits and three runs. Maloof improved to 6-4 on the season, while McKillop is 3-2 in the circle for Stonehill.

In the nightcap, both teams would remain scoreless through five innings, until Tesia Stanasek (Blackstone, Mass.) hit an RBI double that drove in Maloof for the only run of the game. A Stonehill fielding error would put Maloof on first and Stanley would put her in scoring position with a sacrifice bunt.

Stonehill had their best opportunity to score when the bases were loaded in the fifth. Dolores Mattice (Schenectady, N.Y.) pitched the Penmen out of the jam by striking out the Skyhawk's pinch hitter Brianna Gunter to head into the sixth inning. 

The Penmen would hold the 1-0 lead for one final inning. Mattice made all three outs in the side with a catch and two strikeouts. She finished with 12 strikeouts, no runs, and let up just two hits in a complete game. She improves to 6-3 on the season. For Stonehill, Samantha Krantz took the loss while giving up three hits and one run. Krantz is now 7-4 for the Skyhawks.

The Penmen return to action tomorrow when they host NE-10 opponent No. 18 Southern Connecticut State University under the lights with game starts at 5:30 and 7:30.