SNHU Softball Splits Pair With Nationally-Ranked Foes


When and Where: March 9, 2019 - Clermont, Fla.
Game One Score: Southern New Hampshire University 8, University of Indianapolis 6 (11 innings)
Game Two Score: Grand Valley State University 4, Southern New Hampshire University 0
Records: SNHU 6-2, Indianapolis 12-4, Grand Valley State 14-2

Game One:  SNHU 8 Indianapolis 6 (11 innings)

The Penmen trailed the 17th-ranked UIndy Greyhounds 3-0 entering the seventh inning.   Junior Maddy Barone (Halifax, Mass.) singled to start the frame, junior Gabriella Vachon (Newton, Mass.) singled, and junior Erin Tyrrell (Milford, N.H.) homered to left field to tie the game.  SNHU went ahead later in the inning on an error, allowing senior Erin Garczynski (Norwood, Mass.), who had singled, to score.

Indianapolis pushed a run across in the bottom of the seventh inning on a two-out single by Haylie Foster.

The game continued at 4-4 until the top of the eleventh inning.  Freshman Chloe Griffin (Scarborough, Maine) broke the tie with an RBI single to left field and Garczynski hit a three-run homer to make it 8-4.  The Greyhounds threatened in the bottom of the frame, plating two against winning pitcher Barone, before Vachon was able to secure the final two outs and the win.


Game Two:  Grand Valley State 4 SNHU 0

Making only her four career start, sophomore Olivia Strasser (Rutland, Mass.) faced a red-hot Laker team which extended its win streak to eight games.  11-th ranked GVSU scored its runs on seven hits, three crossing in the third inning.  Two of the runs were driven in by Nikoma Holmen, who doubled.

Allison Lipovsky pitched the complete-game shutout for Grand Valley State, snapping the SNHU win streak at six games.  The Penmen had six hits, with sophomore Emily Critch (Halifax, Mass.) leading the offense with a pair of singles.

Sophomore Ali Atherton (Milford, Mass.) worked 3.1 innings in relief, allowing only an unearned run with a pair of strikeouts.

What's Next:
Southern New Hampshire is back in action on Sunday when it will meet Wayne State (Michigan) at 9:45 a.m. and Fairmont State (West Virginia) at 2:15 p.m.  The first home game of the season is scheduled for Sunday, March 24 when the Penmen host Queens College in a doubleheader.

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