Pace Edges Softball in NE10 Tournament, 3-1

Emily Critch gearing up for a swing of the bat.


When and Where: May 2, 2019 – Hooksett, N.H. (SNHU Softball Field)
Score: Pace University 3, Southern New Hampshire University 1
Records: SNHU 36-13, Pace 23-19

Sophomore Emily Critch (Halifax, Mass.) homered to tie the game at 1-1, but Pace pushed across a pair of runs in the top of the seventh to advance in the NE10 Championships with a 3-1 win over SNHU on Thursday afternoon.  The contest was moved from tournament host Saint Anselm College to the SNHU Softball Field to take advantage of a break in the wet weather. 

Pace scored the game's first run in the top of the third inning with a two-out rally against losing pitcher junior Maddy Barone (Halifax, Mass.).  Emma Carruth singled and advanced to third with Briana Ryan reached on an error.  Annie Carberry followed with a single to put the Setters up 1-0.

Critch hit her home run leading off the fourth inning to tie the game at 1-1.  It would be the only run allowed by winning pitcher Emma Bernet (W, 11-8).  Bernet allowed one other hit in the game, a double by senior Erin Garczynski (Norwood, Mass.)

Garczynski, who was named Northeast 10 Conference Player of the Year, picked up her 235th career hit, moving past Ali Maloof into the top spot on the all-time list among Penmen players. 

Pace won the game with a two-out rally in the top of the seventh inning.  Emma Schafer doubled and Arielle Acosta walked.  Caruth lined a ball to right field that was ruled a trap, allowing the Schafer to score the game-winning run.  Ryan followed with a single, plating Acosta.

- Critch is tied for second on the team with six homers, trailing only Carbonneau, who has hit 10.
- Pace had nine hits in the game off Barone, who fell to 18-6 with the loss.  She walked one batter and struck out four.
- The Penmen and Setters met in the NCAA East Regional First Round last year at Saint Anselm College.  SNHU won that game 3-2 with Barone earning the win, and Bernet taking the loss.
- The Setters, who have now won 14 of their last 15 games, advance to Friday's semifinal round where they will face off with top-seeded Adelphi at 12:30 p.m. at Saint Anselm College.

What's Next:
Southern New Hampshire will await word on whether it has qualified for an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament during the Division II Softball Selection Show, which is slated for Monday (May 6) at 10 a.m.

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