Softball Edges Saint Anselm, 2-1; Sweeps Season Series

Softball Edges Saint Anselm, 2-1; Sweeps Season Series

BOX SCORE

When and Where: April 19, 2016 – Goffstown, N.H. (South Athletic Field)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 2, Saint Anselm College 1
Records: SNHU 22-11 (14-5 Northeast-10), Saint Anselm 12-23 (8-14 Northeast-10)

Senior Lindsey Bolduc (Londonderry, N.H.) and freshman Erin Garczynski (Norwood, Mass.) each went 2-for-4 with RBI doubles to provide Southern New Hampshire University with enough offense to earn a 2-1 victory over Saint Anselm College in a Northeast-10 Conference softball contest at the South Athletic Field on Tuesday.

Sophomore Sarah Lavallee (Candia, N.H.) upped her record to 13-4 in the circle for the Penmen after going the distance, allowing an earned run, striking out four and scattering eight hits.

Southern New Hampshire scored first for the fourth straight game with a run in the first before doubling its lead in the fifth. Senior Mo Hannan (Scarborough, Maine) singled to lead off the game before Garczynski doubled her home two batters later. The fifth worked out nearly identical to the first, as Hannan started the frame with a base hit before coming around to score on a two-bagger by Bolduc to make it 2-0.

The Hawks threatened to tie the game in the final three innings, but Lavallee worked out of each jam to keep the lead in tact. She stranded a pair of runners in scoring position in the fifth before Saint Anselm was able to get on the board in the sixth. Pattie Turner worked a lead-off walk before Julie LeClair followed with an RBI triple down the line in right. Lavallee locked in for the remainder of the inning, as she retired the ensuing three hitters on a strikeout and a pair of groundouts. After Jordan O'Connor led off the seventh with a single up the middle, Emily Crannell reached on an error two batters later to put runners on the corners with one away. A groundout moved Crannell, who represented the winning run, to second, but Lavallee induced a groundout to the next batter to end the game.

Hannan finished 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, while senior Katie Caruso (Newton, Mass.) and sophomore Brittany Perdigao (Stoughton, Mass.) each went 1-for-3. LeClair and O'Connor each turned in a two-hit day for the Hawks, and Arika Brochu suffered the setback in the circle after going seven innings and giving up two runs on eight hits. 

Notes:
- The Penmen swept the season series with Saint Anselm for the first time since the 2012 season.
- With two runs scored on Tuesday, Hannan becomes just the second player in program history to eclipse the 100-run plateau. Hannan, who now has 101 runs scored, joins Ali Maloof (135) as the only student-athletes to accomplish the feat.
- Bolduc's RBI double in the fifth was the 107th run she has driven in for her career. She sits just one behind the school record set by Kate Stanley from 2010 through 2013.

What's Next:
Southern New Hampshire kicks off a four-game homestand to close out the regular season on Wednesday (April 20) when it hosts Saint Michael's College on the SNHU Softball Field at 7 p.m.

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