Barone Nabs Two Wins as Softball Improves to Perfect 10-0

Barone Nabs Two Wins as Softball Improves to Perfect 10-0


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.

What's Next:
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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