MANCHESTER, N.H.- The Southern New Hampshire softball team split with Northeast-10 opponent UMass Lowell in doubleheader action Wednesday afternoon. SNHU won the first game with a score of 6-3, and fell 6-5 in the nightcap. The Penmen improve their record to 20-12 overall and 10-6 in the NE-10 while the Riverhawks are now 29-10 overall and 15-6 in conference play.
Cristy Jenkins became the 13th player in program history to total 100 hits and now sits with 102 career hits after today's three-hit performance.
In the first game of the doubleheader, UMass Lowell would score the first three runs of the game in the third inning when Ariana Darcy hit a two-run home run putting the Riverhawks ahead by two. An Elyssa Boris double to right center would knock in Ally Greene for the third run of the inning, and put UMass Lowell up 3-0.
However, the Penmen would answer when Tesia Stanasek (Blackstone, Mass.) led off the fourth inning with a single through the left side that would get things going for SNHU. Jessica Douillette (Concord, N.H.) would follow with a single advancing Stanasek and another Penmen single from Cristy Jenkins (Hudson, Mass.) would load the bases.
Amanda Barton (Franklin, N.H.) reached on a fielder's choice that would score Stanasek putting the Penmen on the board. Ali Maloof (Norwood, Mass.) would again single for the Penmen scoring Holly Eicher (Stoneham, Mass.), who pinch ran for Douillette, and Kate Stanley (Kingston, Mass.) would score three more when she hit a three-run home run.
UMass Lowell would not score again in the game while the Penmen would score once more in the seventh inning finalizing the score at 6-3. Cara Daly (Plainville, Mass.) would score the lone run in the inning on a solo home run to left field bringing her home run season total to three.
Maloof pitched a complete game improving her record to 9-7 in the circle. She let up five hits and three runs while notching six strikeouts. Courtney Lanfranchi completed the game in the circle for the Riverhawks while holding an 11-6 record, and giving up 13 hits and six runs. The Penmen outhit UMass Lowell 13-6 en route to their win.
In the second game of the twinbill, UMass Lowell would take an early 2-0 lead in the first inning. The first run of the game was scored on a Penmen error, and Elyssa Boris would bat in the second run with a double to left field.
Morgan Farmer (Kingston, N.H.) would put SNHU on the board when she led off the second inning with a solo home run.
The Riverhawks would build the lead to four (5-1) in the third inning. Krista MacKenzie led off with a double to left center followed by an Elyssa Boris triple that would score MacKenzie. Caelyn Ford would then ground into a double play allowing Boris to score from third pushing the lead to three, and an Ali Ferraro home run would put the Riverhawks ahead 5-1 heading into the fourth inning.
SNHU would cut the lead to three in the fourth inning when Stanasek doubled to left center scoring Farmer, who reached on a walk. The Penmen would leave inning with the bases loaded.
SNHU would make one last attempt to take the lead in the sixth inning when they scored three more runs cutting the lead to one. Stanasek, who finished the game 2-3 with two doubles, hit her second double to lead off the sixth inning.
Daly and Jenkins both followed her with a walk, loading the bases. Barton would ground out to the shortstop and advance Stanasek to home to cut the deficit to three. Maloof would reach on a UMass Lowell throwing error and both Jenkins and Metta, who pinch ran for Daly, would score to bring the Penmen behind by one run.
Dolores Mattice (Schenectady, N.Y.) would take the loss in the circle for the Penmen, dropping her record to 7-5 on the season. She pitched 3.2 innings while giving up six runs and six hits and striking out two. Rebecca Sherwood (Braintree, Mass.) would relieve Mattice pitching 1.1 innings and giving up just one hit with no runs allowed. Elyssa Boris got the win for the Riverhawks in six complete innings giving up five hits and five runs. She improves to 18-4 on the season.
Southern New Hampshire returns to action tomorrow when it travels to Merrimack College for a Northeast-10 Conference doubleheader matchup with game times at 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.