#19 SNHU Softball Sweeps AIC To Open NE10 Play


When and Where: March 23, 2019 – Springfield, Mass. (Judy Groff Field)
Game One Score: #19 Southern New Hampshire 3, American International 0
Game Two Score: #19 Southern New Hampshire 3, American International 0
Records: SNHU 16-4, 2-0 Northeast-10, AIC 1-9, 0-2 Northeast-10

Game 1:  SNHU 3 AIC 0
SNHU extended its win streak to seven games with a two-hit shutout by Junior Maddy Barone (Halifax, Mass.).  Barone improved to 7-1 on the season, allowing two hits, walking one and striking out nine.  Barone, who was named National Pitcher of the Week by the NFCA on Wednesday, tossed her third shutout.   

The Penmen loaded the bases in the top of the first inning on consecutive singles by freshman Chloe Griffin (Scarborough, Maine), senior Erin Garczynski (Norwood, Mass.) and junior Jordan Wade (East Taunton, Mass.).  A single by freshman Emily Carbonneau (Lowell, Mass.) brought home Griffin.  Sophomore Emily Critch (Halifax, Mass.) knocked in the other run with a sacrifice pop fly.

Wade homered to left field in the third inning for the final run of the contest.  It was her second of the season.

Game 2:  SNHU 3 AIC 0
Freshman Olivia Strasser (Rutland, Mass.) tossed her third shutout of the season in the second game.  Strasser (5-1) allowed just five hits, walked one and struck out four.

The Penmen scored the three runs in the top of the second frame.  Wade singled to center field, taking an extra base on a fielding error.  Carbonneau followed with an RBI base hit.  Sophomore Jackie Gavin (Laconia, N.H.) singled ahead of a sacrifice bunt by Critch.  The big hit of the game was delivered by junior Gabriella Vachon, who brought home both Carbonneau and Gavin with a single up-the-middle.


- This was the second doubleheader sweep by identical 3-0 scores this season.  The Penmen also came up with a pair of shutouts of Molloy on March 15 in Clermont, Fla.
- SNHU outhit the Yellow Jackets 19-7.  Griffin, Garczynski, Wade and Carbonneau each had three hits on the day.  
- Over the current win streak of eight games, the Penmen have outscored the opponent 30-5.  
- The eight game streak is the longest since the beginning of last season, when the Penmen reeled off 13 straight before losing a game.

What's Next:
- The Penmen will host Post University on Monday at 2 p.m.  The game will be played at Merrimack College.  

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