When and Where: March 10, 2018 – Clermont, Fla. (NTC Softball Complex)
Game One Score: Southern New Hampshire University 4, Notre Dame College of Ohio 0
Game Two Score: Southern New Hampshire University 8, Caldwell University 5
Records: SNHU 10-0, Notre Dame 4-8, Caldwell 2-2
Sophomore Maddy Barone (Halifax, Mass.) twirled another shutout in game one and came on in relief to pick up a second win in game two, as the Southern New Hampshire University softball team collected two more victories in Florida on Saturday. The Penmen blanked Notre Dame College of Ohio, 4-0, in the first game and rallied for an 8-5 victory over Caldwell University in game two.
Junior Erin Garczynski (Norwood, Mass.) led the way, offensively, going 4-for-8 with five RBI and two runs scored in the doubleheader. Senior Sarah Lavallee (Candia, N.H.) was 2-for-8 with a home run, two RBI and a run scored, while freshman Shay Sauvageau (Griswold, Conn.; RBI) and sophomore Jordan Wade (E. Taunton, Mass.; walk, two RBI, two runs) were each 2-for-7.
Southern New Hampshire grabbed game one's first run in the top of the first, as Sauvageau hit a two-out single to center that scored senior Brittany Perdigao (Stoughton, Mass.), who reached earlier in the inning on a fielder's choice.
SNHU doubled its lead over Notre Dame in the third with an unearned run when freshman Emily Critch (Halifax, Mass.) hit a sacrifice fly to left that plated Garczynski, who began the inning by reaching on an error.
Garczynski again began a trouble inning in the fifth with a single to left-center, before Lavallee followed with a two-run blast to right-center that again doubled the Penmen lead to 4-0.
That was more than enough for Barone, who gave up six hits, struck out five and did not walk a batter in seven scoreless frames.
Lavallee was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Garczynski (two runs) and Sauvageau (RBI) were each 1-for-4.
In the second game against Caldwell, Southern New Hampshire waited until the third inning to strike first, with Perdigao putting the Penmen up, 1-0, with a two-out single through the middle that scored sophomore Logan Filo-Loos (Dudley, Mass.), who kicked off the stanza by drawing a walk. After Perdigao stole second, Garczynski delivered her to the plate with a single to right-center that made it 2-0.
Caldwell scored the first run of the day off the Penmen in the top of the fourth when Maya Rodriguez was thrown out at first on a ball hit to right, but Marisa Monasseri, who singled earlier in the inning, scored from third.
The Cougars then took advantage of a pair of Penmen errors to score four times in the fifth. Monasseri's one-out, three-run double was the big blow, before Lavallee was lifted and Katelyn Johnson drew a bases loaded walk to make it 5-2, Caldwell.
SNHU responded with three in the bottom of the fifth to tie it. Two errors and a base knock from Wade loaded the bases with one out for Garczynski, who came through in the clutch, emptying the bags with a double to right that evened the score, 5-5.
With Barone on in relief, the Penmen offense would deliver in the sixth. Singles from Critch and Filo-Loos put a pair on with two outs for Wade, who produced a two-run double that pushed SNHU in front, 7-5. After an error extended the inning, Garczynski capitalized with a base hit to left-center that plated Wade to make it a three-run game.
Barone would work around a hit in the seventh to seal the win.
Barone (5-0) fired two shutout innings, striking out two, while relinquishing a hit and a walk. Lavallee worked the first four-and-a-third innings and gave up five runs – two earned – on four hits, striking out a batter. Freshman Ali Atherton (Milford, Mass.) tossed two-thirds of an inning, issuing a pair of walks.
Garczynski finished 3-for-5 with five RBI. Wade was 2-for-4 with two runs knocked in and a pair of runs scored, while Perdigao went 1-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Filo-Loos went 1-for-2 with a walk and scored twice.
- Southern New Hampshire is off to its best start in program history at 10-0. The Penmen have now outscored their competition by a 53-16 margin, and SNHU pitching has held the opposition to just a .180 average.
- The shutout for Barone is her fourth straight, as she has not allowed a run over the last 31-and-a-third innings. She has struck out 37 in 36 frames and has lowered her earned-run average to a microscopic 0.58.
- Perdigao has hit safely in eight of 10 contests to begin the season.
Southern New Hampshire is back at it at the National Training Complex on Monday, March 12 for another doubleheader. The Penmen play Mercy College at 2 p.m., followed by Wayne State University at 4:30 p.m.
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