When and Where: March 16, 2019 – Clermont, Fla. (Legends Way, Field 4)
Game One Score: #22 Southern New Hampshire 3, Minnesota-Duluth 1
Game Two Score: #22 Southern New Hampshire 8, Lock Haven 2
Records: SNHU 14-4, Minnesota-Duluth 6-8, Lock Haven 8-8
Game 1: SNHU 3 Minnesota-Duluth 1
Junior Maddy Barone (Halifax, Mass.) pitched a complete game and helped her own cause with an RBI double as the Penmen turned back Minnesota-Duluth 3-1 Saturday morning. Barone, now 6-1 on the season, allowed six hits, walked one and struck out eight in the win.
The Bulldogs put together three consecutive hits in the top of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. Jordyn Thomas had the run-producing single.
SNHU tied the game in the last of the third inning at 1-1. Barone started the inning with a walk and was bunted to second by junior Gabriella Vachon (Newton, Mass.). After a ground out, sophomore Shay Sauvageau (Griswold, Conn.) plated Barone with a single through the right side.
The Penmen won the game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Senior Erin Garczynski (Norwood, Mass.) doubled to left field and advanced to third on a passed ball. A sacrifice fly by junior Jordan Wade (East Taunton, Mass.) put SNHU in front. Sophomore Emily Critch (Halifax, Mass.) singled to field field and Barone doubled for the game's final run.
Game 2: SNHU 8 Lock Haven 2
In the second game of the day, the Penmen scored six times in the top of the second inning and went on to beat the Bald Eagles, 8-2.
Ten batters came to the plate in the big inning, which included an RBI single by Vachon, a two-run double by Sauvageau, and an RBI single by Garczynski. Garczynski also drove in two more runs with a double in the top of the sixth inning.
In the circle, sophomore Olivia Strasser (Rutland, Mass.) pitched her fourth complete-game season to improve to 4-1. Strasser walked one and struck out four, allowing six hits.
Lock Haven's Casey Carpenter had a solo home run while Kayla Gee finished with an RBI single.
- Southern New Hampshire finishes at 9-3 on the Florida trip, including wins in the last six contests. Two of the losses were to nationally-ranked teams in Grand Valley State and Wayne State.
- Barone pitched the opener each day in Florida, and has allowed six earned runs in 44.1 IP. She went 5-0 with a 0.95 ERA in the Sunshine State.
- Garczynski leads the team with a .450 batting average (27-for-60), which includes nine doubles, a triple and two homers. Her 15 RBI in 18 games tops the squad.
- The Penmen had also defeated Lock Haven when the teams met in Myrtle Beach on February 15, 3-0.
- The Penmen are next scheduled to play at home for the first time this season. A doubleheader is planned against Queens College on Sunday, March 24.
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