When and Where: May 9, 2019 – Manchester, N.H. (South Athletic Fields, Saint Anselm College)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 4, Georgian Court University 2
Records: SNHU 37-13, Georgian Court 45-10
Junior Maddy Barone (Halifax, Mass.) tossed a complete-game four-hitter and junior Jordan Wade (East Taunton, Mass.) homered to lead the fifth-seeded Southern New Hampshire University softball team to a 4-2 victory against fourth-seeded Georgian Court University in the first round of the NCAA East 1 Regional on Thursday at South Athletic Fields at Saint Anselm College.
How It Happened:
- Wade led off the top of the second inning with her third home run of the season, a blast to left off Lions starter Mikayla Gilgert to give the Penmen a 1-0 lead.
- Georgian Court came back to tie the game in the bottom of the inning. Breanna Keelan was hit-by-a-pitch and Malia Black took over after a fielders choice. Black would steal second and third, and then raced home when Kendalia Turner reached on an error.
- SNHU freshman Emily Carbonneau (Lowell, Mass.) led off with the fourth by reaching on an infield single and Barone bunted her up to second. Junior Erin Tyrrell (Milford, N.H.) broke the tie with a double down the left field line to put the Penmen up 2-1.
- Four consecutive Penmen reached in the last of the fifth inning to extend the lead to 4-1. SNHU loaded the bases on a single by senior Erin Garczynski (Norwood, Mass.), a walk by freshman Chloe Griffin (Scarborough, Maine), and an error allowed Wade to reach. Carbonneau then ripped a two-run single.
- The Lions cut into the deficit when Marissa Trezza doubled to start the bottom of the sixth and she scored on a single by Black to make it 4-2.
- Barone (19-6) went the distance, allowing four hits, walking four while striking out eight. Only one of the two runs allowed were earned. Gilgert (17-7) took the loss for the Lions.
- Top-seed Saint Anselm defeated Bridgeport 3-1 in Thursday's first tournament game.
- The Penmen and Georgian Court met for the first time since playing in Clermont, Florida in March of 2015.
The Penmen are scheduled to take on Saint Anselm for a spot in the East 1 Region final Friday, May 10 at 10 a.m. Inclement weather has caused a re-working of the schedule, so be sure to check the softball schedule page at SNHUPenmen.com for updated information. The game will carry weight in the annual Queen City Cup Challenge with bonus points on the line for a post-season meeting between the rivals. SNHU currently leads the season-long competition 19 points to 17.
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