Softball Shuts Out Franklin Pierce 10-0, 5-0

Softball Shuts Out Franklin Pierce 10-0, 5-0

RINDGE, N.H.—The Southern New Hampshire University softball team swept a Northeast-10 Conference doubleheader against the Ravens of Franklin Pierce University on Tuesday afternoon by shutout scores of 10-0 in six innings and 5-0.  With the wins, the Penmen improve to 23-15 on the season and 13-9 in NE-10 action, while the losses drop the Ravens to 9-26 overall and 7-19 in league play. 

Ali Maloof (Norwood, Mass.) pitched a one-hit shutout in game one for the Penmen while also batting 2-4 at the plate.  Maloof, who faced just one batter over the minimum, did give up a walk and recorded six strikeouts in the win.   

After three scoreless innings, the Penmen notched two runs in the top of the fourth.  They would score five runs in the top of the fifth and tack on another three runs in the sixth to clinch the 10-0 win.  Cara Daly (Plainville, Mass.) and Kate Stanley (Kingston, Mass.) led the Penmen with three RBI apiece as both notched three-run home runs.   

Maloof, Stanley and Kelsea Cheney (Abington, Mass.) all finished with two hits.  Daly and Jessica Douillette (Concord, N.H.) both finished with a hit apiece.    

In the nightcap, the Penmen banded together for 12 hits, while pitcher Dolores Mattice (Schenectady, N.Y.) held the Ravens to just three hits in the second shutout of the day. 

Stanley and Cheney posted back-to-back home runs in the first inning to set the score at 2-0 after one inning of play.  The Penmen would add two more runs in the top of the fourth and one in the top of the sixth to take the 5-0 win. 

Maloof led the Penmen at the plate with a game-high three hits.  Amanda Barton (Franklin, N.H.), Cheney, Stanley, and Tesia Stanasek (Blackstone, Mass.) all finished with two hits apiece. 

Mattice earned her eighth win of the season and totaled three strikeouts while walking just one batter.  Kaitlyn Johnson took the loss in the circle for the Ravens, striking out six and walking one while giving up 12 hits and three earned runs in the complete-game effort. 

The Penmen return to action tomorrow, when they look to set a new program record for wins in a season with a sweep at Saint Michael's College.  The Northeast-10 Conference doubleheader is slated to start at 3:00 p.m.