Softball Bounces Back to Salvage Split with Franklin Pierce


When and Where: April 18, 2018 – Manchester, N.H. (SNHU Softball Field)
Game One Score: Franklin Pierce University 8, Southern New Hampshire University 0 (6 innings)
Game Two Score: Southern New Hampshire University 7, Franklin Pierce University 2
Records: SNHU 29-9 (12-6 NE10, 7-5 NE10 Northeast); FPU 8-18 (5-11 NE10, 2-10 NE10 Northeast)

Sophomore Jordan Wade(East Taunton, Mass.) went 3-for-4 and drove in four runs in game two on Wednesday, as the Southern New Hampshire University softball team bounced back from a game one set back to salvage a doubleheader split with Franklin Pierce University. The Penmen dropped the opener, 8-0, before posting a 7-2 victory in the finale.

Wade led the offensive charge in game two, as she clubbed a double and a triple while also scoring a run. Junior Erin Garczynski (Norwood, Mass.) was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a pair of runs scored, while senior Sarah Lavallee (Candia, N.H.) reached base four times via a base hit and three walks. Classmate Brittany Perdigao (Stoughton, Mass.) added a pair of hits in four trips to the plate and scored a run. 

After the Ravens pushed across a run in the top half of the first on a Jaclyn Cortese single, the Penmen responded with six runs in the bottom of the third. Perdigao led off the frame with a base hit before moving up to third on a passed ball and a stolen base. Garczynski singled her home to knot the score at one, and after a free pass to Lavallee, freshman Coralie Mathieu (Methuen, Mass.) dropped down a two-strike bunt single to load the bases. Freshman Emily Critch (Halifax, Mass.) followed with an RBI single back through the box to put Southern New Hampshire in front, 2-1, before Wade smashed a bases-clearing triple to center to make it 5-1. Sophomore Erin Tyrrell (Milford, N.H.) followed with a run-scoring groundout, and the hosts carried a 6-1 advantage into the fourth.

The middle of the order went back to work in the fourth, as Garczynski laced a base hit into center before Lavallee worked another walk. Mathieu laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners up to second and third, and two batters later, Wade drilled a double that knocked in the seventh Penmen run of the contest. Cortese added an RBI double in the sixth to plate the second Franklin Pierce run, and provide the final scoring margin.

Lavallee picked up her team-leading 14thwin of the season after scattering 10 hits in 6.1 innings of work, which saw her surrender a pair of runs and fan one. Freshman Ali Atherton (Milford, Mass.) entered in the seventh inning and retired to two batters she faced to close things out.

Cortese shouldered the offensive load for the Ravens in game two, as she went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI, which came on the heels of a monster game one. In the opener, Cortese finished 3-for-3 with two doubles, a home run, five RBI and three runs scored. She coupled with Dominique Bisaccia to account for all the Franklin Pierce offense in the lid lifter, as Bisaccia was 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBI.

The Ravens were the beneficiaries of three unearned runs in the top half of the first, all of which scored on a Cortese big fly. Ashley Rosario reached on a mishandled bunt with one out before the ensuing batter popped out in foul territory. Aubrey Bianco stepped in next and connected on an infield single, and Cortese followed with a three-run shot to left center that made it 3-0.

Neither side was able to generate more than a baserunner over the next two-plus innings before Franklin Pierce tacked on another run in the fourth. Cortese roped a one-out double to center before Bisaccia singled her in to make it 4-0. In the sixth, Cassidy Sorensen and Bianco led things off with back-to-back base hits before Cortese sent a double into the left center gap that knocked in both runners. Two pitches later, Bisaccia clubbed a two-run shot over the wall in left to cap the game's scoring.

Senior Katie Horiuchi(Livingston, N.J.) was the only Penmen to reach base on multiple occasions in game one as she walked and doubled. Perdigao was 1-for-2 and freshman Shay Sauvageau (Griswold, Conn.) added a double in three at-bats. Sophomore Maddy Barone (Halifax, Mass.) was tagged with the loss after tossing the first five-plus innings and allowing six runs, three of which were earned, on six hits with five strikeouts. Freshman Olivia Strasser (Rutland, Mass.) relieved Barone but was unable to retire and of the two batters she faced and allowed two earned runs before Atherton sat down the three batters she saw in order.

- Southern New Hampshire was No. 1 in the East Region, as the NCAA released its initial Division II Softball regional rankings.
- The Penmen were outhit, 18-14, on the afternoon and each side committed a pair of errors in the twinbill.
- The split puts Southern New Hampshire alone in fourth-place in the NE10 Northeast Division.

What's Next:
The Penmen look to ascend up the divisional standings Thursday (April 19) when they make the trek to Saint Michael's College for a Northeast Division doubleheader slated to begin at 3 p.m.

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