MANCHESTER, N.H.—The Southern New Hampshire University softball team dropped both ends of its final regular season home game of the season, falling 6-5 in the first game and 5-4 in eight innings in game two in a Northeast-10 Conference matchup against Adelphi. With the losses, the Penmen fall to 28-18 overall and 18-12 in Northeast-10 Conference action, while the wins boost the visiting Panthers to 37-17-1 overall and 22-8 in NE-10 play.
In game one, Adelphi took an early 2-0 lead as Victoria Wink doubled to centerfield, and Meghan Heiser hit a home run to left-center, scoring two. Adelphi would extend the lead to 4-0 in the top of the third as Jeanine Leo started the innings with a solo home run to centerfield. The second run would come as Wink walked, stole second, advanced to third on a single by Heiser, and scored on a wild pitch.
SNHU would answer with three runs in the bottom of the third inning as Ali Maloof (Norwood, Mass.) started the inning with a double and scored on a home run by Kate Stanley (Kingston, Mass.) to score two. Stanley was followed by Kelsea Cheney (Abington, Mass.) who also connected for a home run to put the Penmen down by one. A home run by Nikki Newell (Abington, Mass.) in the bottom of the fourth would tie the score at 4-4.
With her home run, Stanley ties the program record for career home runs with 23, set by Andrea Clausi in 2010.
The Panthers added another run in the top of the fifth, and SNHU would match that by scoring a run of its own in the bottom of the fifth to keep the score tied at 5-5 after five full innings of play.
Adelphi scored the go-ahead run on a solo home run to left field by Katie Andrews, and the Penmen were unable to respond in two tries, setting the final score at 6-5 in favor of Adelphi.
Maloof took the loss in the circle for SNHU, scattering eight hits, six runs, and two walks while striking out 10 batters in the complete-game effort.
In the nightcap, SNHU held a 2-0 lead after one inning of play as leadoff batters Amanda Barton (Franklin, N.H.), Maloof, Stanley, and Cheney all connected for singles. Barton scored on Cheney's single, while Maloof scored on a groundout by Tesia Stanasek (Blackstone, Mass.).
Trailing by three, Adelphi would stage its comeback in the top of the fifth by scoring one run in the top of the fifth and three in the top of the sixth to take the 4-3 lead. With a 3-2 count with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, SNHU's Cara Daly (Plainville, Mass.) would connect for a deep solo shot to even the score at 4-4, forcing extra innings.
Adelphi scored the eventual game-winning run in the top of the eighth as Kaya Reiger doubled to start the inning, advanced to third on a fielder's choice, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Wink.
The Penmen would load the bases in the bottom of the eighth, but a double play to get the lead runner followed by a ground out would end the game.
Rebecca Sherwood (Braintree, Mass.) took the loss in the circle for SNHU, scattering 13 hits, five runs, one walk and four strikeouts in 8.0 innings of work.
Southern New Hampshire will enter the Northeast-10 Conference tournament as the No. 6 seed and will travel to play No. 3 Assumption in a single-elimination game on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.