ALBANY, N.Y.—Southern New Hampshire University softball freshman pitcher Ali Maloof (Norwood, Mass.) pitched a five-inning perfect game and batted 3-3 at the plate to lead the Penmen to a 10-0 Northeast-10 Conference win in game one against the College of Saint Rose. The Golden Knights of Saint Rose notched a 2-1 win in the nightcap to improve to 11-24 on the season and 7-15 in Northeast-10 Conference play, while the Penmen sit at 21-13 overall and 11-7 with today's results.
Maloof tossed eight strikeouts en route to her first collegiate perfect game and connected for a single, a double, and a triple in three at-bats.
The Penmen took a 5-0 lead after one inning of play in game one and would added two more runs in the second and fourth innings before adding a final run in the fifth. The Penmen connected for 11 hits in the afternoon, as Amanda Barton (Franklin, N.H.), Kate Stanley (Kingston, Mass.), Kelsea Cheney (Abington, Mass.), Morgan Farmer (Kingston, N.H.), Cara Daly (Plainville, Mass.), Tesia Stanasek (Blackstone, Mass.), Natalie Metta (Norwood, Mass.), and Cristy Jenkins (Hudson, Mass.) all connected for hits in addition to Maloof's three.
Stanasek's double in the first inning would score three, giving her a game-high of three runs batted in.
Four different pitchers saw action for Saint Rose in game one. Sarah Arbogast took the loss in the circle, and gave up three hits and five earned runs in one-third inning of action before being relieved by Anna Carey, who gave up one hit to round out the first inning. Lauren Sputo and Courtney Galuski saw three innings and one inning of action in the circle, respectively.
In the nightcap, the Golden Knights took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third as Amber Loussedes doubled and scored on a single to center field by Steph Luce.
The Penmen would load the bases in the top of the fifth with one out as Holly Eicher (Stoneham, Mass.) singled, Nicole Newell (Abington, Mass.) was hit by a pitch, both advanced a base on a sacrifice bunt by Barton, and Maloof reached on a fielder's choice. With the bases loaded, Eicher scored on a sacrifice fly by Stanley to even the score at 1-1. A pop out by Cheney would end the top of the inning for SNHU.
The score would remain tied through the top of the seventh, and a walk-off home run by Jessica Butterbrodt in the bottom of the seventh would give the Golden Knights the 2-1 win.
Dolores Mattice (Schenectady, N.Y.) took the loss in the circle for SNHU, giving up just four hits, two runs and two walks in six innings of work while striking out eight. Sputo earned the win for Saint Rose and scattered seven hits, one run, one walk and four strikeouts in seven innings of work.
Stanley led the Penmen at the plate in game two with two hits, while four different Penmen connected for single hits.
Southern New Hampshire returns to action tomorrow, when it travels to Le Moyne College for a Northeast-10 Conference doubleheader. First pitch is slated for 12:30 p.m.