MANCHESTER N.H.- The Southern New Hampshire softball team split with No. 18 Southern Connecticut State University Friday night, falling 1-0 in game one before rallying to win the nightcap 6-5. The Penmen hosted the Owls in a Northeast-10 Conference doubleheader matchup for the first games played under the new permanent lights at Penmen Field. The Penmen improve to an 18-8 overall record while also improving to 8-4 in the conference, while Southern Connecticut is 24-4 overall and 12-2 in conference play.
The Penmen had their best chance to score in the bottom of the sixth when Amanda Barton (Franklin, N.H.) got on base after getting hit by a pitch. Barton would advance to second on an Ali Maloof (Norwood, Mass.) bunt single, and they both would advance another base when Kelsea Cheney (Abington, Mass.) was walked. With the bases loaded, Cara Daly (Plainville, Mass.) connected with the ball, which would have driven in Barton and been the tying run at the plate, however, Maloof was thrown out at third in a close play that would end the inning and leave the Penmen scoreless.
Maloof would pitch a complete game for the Penmen while collecting the loss, evening out her record at 7-7. She had five strikeouts, allowing four hits and one run. Maloof is now third in the Northeast-10 Conference in strikeouts with 92. Southern Connecticut's Kelsey Cockrill earned the win improving her record to 11-1. She totaled five strikeouts, giving up six hits and no runs. She sits two spots behind Maloof in the NE-10 strikeout rankings with 73.
In the nightcap, the Owls jumped out to an early lead when Bucko hit her second homerun of the series making the score 1-0.
SNHU would answer in the bottom of the first when Barton reached first base on an Owl's fielding error. Maloof would follow Barton with a double, advancing her to third, and Stanley would continue the hitting streak with an RBI single, scoring Barton and Maloof. The Penmen would take the 2-1 lead.
Cheney would extend the lead to two when she led off the third inning with a home run.
The Penmen would score one more run in the fourth inning on a Maloof RBI double that drove in Cristy Jenkins (Hudson, Mass.), who led off the inning with a walk.
Southern Connecticut would answer in the top of the fifth when Alyssa Downs hit a two-run homer deep over the left field fence to put the Owls behind one with a score or 4-3.
Nicole Newell (Abington, Mass.) notched her seventeenth RBI in the bottom of the sixth inning when she came up to bat as a pinch hitter and doubled into right center driving in Kate Stanley (Kingston, Mass.) and Maloof, who both reached on singles. Newell's RBIs put the Penmen ahead 6-3 heading into the final inning.
In the final inning, Rebecca Sherwood (Braintree, Mass.) would come in as the relief pitcher and earn her first save of the season finishing out the game after SCSU scored two runs in the top of the seventh and left the game-tying run on base.
Dolores Mattice (Schenectady, N.Y.) got the win for the Penmen in the circle improving her record to 7-3. She had eight strikeouts, allowing seven hits and three runs in six innings. For the Owls, Jayme Larson would take the loss, putting her at an 11-2 record. She recorded five strikeouts, while letting in four runs and seven hits.