No. 5 Southern New Hampshire (36-13)
No. 4 Georgian Court (45-9)
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 2:30 p.m.
South Athletic Fields - Manchester, N.H.
SERIES: Tied, 3-3
LAST MEETING: SNHU 12, Georgian Court 2 (03/03/2014 at Clermont, Fla.)
SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE
Last time out: Pace 3, SNHU 1 (05/02/2019 at Hooksett, N.H.)
Streak: Lost 3
#14 Erin Garczynski – 49 G, 63-148, .426/.479/.682, 6 HR, 32 RBI, 30 R, 18 2B, 1 3B, 1 SB
#26 Emily Carbonneau – 48 G, 40-144, .278/.329/.528, 10 HR, 33 RBI, 24 R, 6 2B, 1 SB
#12 Erin Tyrrell – 49 G, 37-126, .294/.350/.444, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 24 R, 5 2B, 4 3B, 3 SB
In the Circle:
#11 Maddy Barone – 29 G, 19 GS, 18-6, 1.24 ERA, 186.1 IP, 149 H, 44 R, 33 ER, 169/27 K/BB
#13 Olivia Strasser – 21 G, 19 GS, 14-3, 1.28 ERA, 109.0 IP, 91 H, 25 R, 20 ER, 56/24 K/BB
Notes: The Penmen make a return to the NCAA Division II East Regional for the fifth time in six seasons, and sixth in program history, on Thursday when they square off with Georgian Court University at 2:30 p.m. Southern New Hampshire has posted 36 wins thus far, just two off the program record of 38 set last season. The Penmen fell to Pace in the second round of the Northeast-10 tournament 3-1 last Thursday at the SNHU Softball Field. Sophomore Emily Critch (Halifax, Mass.) accounted for the lone run with her sixth homer of the season. It tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Penmen offense has been led this season by senior Erin Garczynski (Norwood, Mass.). Garczynski, a First Team All-NE10 honoree and NE10 Player of the Year, leads the league with a .426 average. She will finish at the top of several career categories at SNHU, including highest batting average (currently .395), most hits, RBI and doubles. Junior Maddy Barone (Halifax, Mass.) also was named a First Team All-NE10 honoree after leading the NE10 with a 1.24 ERA. The pitching staff currently ranks second in the nation with a 1.26 ERA. Barone was named a first-team pitcher on the Division II CCA All-East Region Team yesterday, while Garczynski was placed on the second team as catcher. SNHU had been ranked as high as 13th season, which included a school record 22-game win streak.
Last time out: Wilmington 5, Georgian Court 4 (9 inn.) (05/04/2019 at Lakewood, N.J.)
Streak: Lost 2
#25 Samantha Reilly - 52 G, 54-159, .362/.487/.772, 17 HR, 58 RBI, 39 R, 10 2B
#15 Marissa Trezza - 53 G, 50-151, .331/.455/.662, 13 HR 48 RBI, 31 R, 9 2B, 1 3B
#10 Samantha Solomon - 52 GP, 53-153, .346/.448/.497, 5 HR, 30 RBI, 43 R, 6 2B, 1 3B, 9 SB
In the Circle:
#28 Mikayla Gilgert - 36 G, 23 GS, 17-6, 1.64 ERA, 158.1 IP, 129 H, 51 R, 37 ER, 121/45 K/BB
#12 Jessica O'Neil - 32 G, 21 GS, 18-2, 1.71 ERA, 119.0 IP, 120 H, 50 R, 29 ER, 74/20 K/BB
Notes: The Lions head into Thursday's regional tilt after falling in the CACC Softball Championship to Wilmington University (Del.) in three games. After taking the opener 4-2 on Friday, Wilmington forced a deciding game three with a 4-2 win to start Saturday. The title decider went nine innings with the Wildcats rallying after falling behind 4-1 to force extra innings, eventually winning 5-4. Georgian Court rolled to a 23-3 conference record, and went an impressive 14-2 in road games. Head Coach Nicole Degenhardt is in her fourth season as head softball coach with the Lions. Marissa Trezza, an all CACC First-Team selection, enjoyed a breakout season, hitting .331 with a career-high 13 home runs and 48 RBI. Caitlin Hughes hit .311 with 3 HR and 21 RBI while Samantha Solomon hit .346 in 52 games. Both received honors from the CACC and all three players appear on the Division II CCA All-East Region Team announced yesterday. Trezza earned First-Team acclaim while Hughes and Solomon received spots on the second team. This is the first meeting between the schools since 2014 when they clashed in Clermont, Florida in an early-season tilt. The schools also opened against one another in Clermont in the 2012 and 2013 seasons. SNHU did win its East Regional pod in 2016 at Georgian Court, but didn't play the Lions on the way to the Super Regional.