MANCHESTER, N.H.—The Southern New Hampshire University softball team split a Northeast-10 Conference doubleheader with the University of New Haven on Saturday afternoon, winning game one 8-6 before falling 16-2 in five innings in game two. With the day's results, the Penmen now stand at 19-9 overall and 9-5 in NE-10 action, while New Haven sits at 20-15 overall and 10-8 in league play.
With SNHU's win in game one, the team ties last year's total wins and sits just six wins short of a program record for wins in a season.
New Haven took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning of game one on a series of first inning errors by the Penmen, but SNHU responded with a four-run performance in the second inning to set the score at 4-1. Cara Daly (Plainville, Mass.) notched a solo homerun to tally the first Penmen run. Nicole Newell (Abington, Mass.), would draw a walk and would advance to second as Amanda Barton (Franklin, N.H.) singled through the left side. Ali Maloof (Norwood, Mass.) would then connect for home run to left field, scoring three.
New Haven would score two runs in the top of the third and single runs in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings, but another four-run inning by the Penmen would solidify the 8-6 win for the Penmen.
Kelsea Cheney (Abington, Mass.) led the Penmen with a 3-4 performance at the plate. Morgan Farmer (Kingston, N.H.) and Daly each connected for two hits apiece, while Barton, Maloof, and Jessica Douillette (Concord, N.H.) each recorded a hit.
Maloof earned the win in the circle for SNHU and scattered five hits, three earned runs, two walks and four strikeouts over 4.1 innings pitched. Rebecca Sherwood (Braintree, Mass.) earned the save for the Penmen and gave up just one hit and one run in 2.2 innings.
Alana Wesche took the loss in the circle for New Haven and scattered 10 hits and seven earned runs in 4.1 innings of work. She was relieved by Kelsey Malloy, who did not give up a hit and tossed two strikeouts in 1.2 innings of action.
In the nightcap, the score was 4-2 after four innings played, but a 12-run fifth inning for the Chargers would aid them to the 16-2 win. Lucy Francisco led the Chargers at the plate with 4-4 hitting including two home runs. Gilly Childs, Jess Spivey, and Brooke Fisher also connected for home runs in the nightcap.
Cheney registered a two-run home run for the Penmen to get on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Malloy earned the win in the circle and gave up five hits with no walks and no strikeouts in five innings of work. Four different pitchers saw action in the circle for SNHU, with Dolores Mattice (Schenectady, N.Y.) taking the loss, scattering five hits and three runs with a walk and a strikeout in 2.1 innings of action.
Southern New Hampshire returns to action on Wednesday, April 11 when it travels to UMass Lowell for a 3:00 p.m. Northeast-10 Conference doubleheader.