Softball: Historic Season Ends With Loss To Saint Anselm In NCAA East Regional

The team in the dugout at the NCAA East Regional 1 game.


When and Where: May 11, 2019 – Manchester, N.H. (South Athletic Fields, Saint Anselm College) - NCAA East Regional 1
 #20 Saint Anselm College 4, Southern New Hampshire University 0 
Records: SNHU 38-15, Saint Anselm 40-8

The Southern New Hampshire University softball team saw its season end on Saturday with a 4-0 loss to 20th-ranked Saint Anselm in the NCAA East Regional 1. The Penmen matched a school record with 38 wins for a second consecutive season.   The host Hawks advance to the NCAA Super Regionals for a second consecutive season.  

How It Happened: 
- Playing as the designated "road" team, the Hawks opened the game with three consecutive singles by Shannon Colson, Maggie Murphy and Lauren Washburn.  A sacrifice fly by Jordan O'Conner made it 1-0 and Erin Thompson followed with an RBI single.
- The Penmen had only one hit in the first four innings.  Junior Maddy Barone (Halifax, Mass.) doubled with two outs in the second inning and junior Gabriella Vachon (Newton, Mass.) followed with a walk.  Junior Erin Tyrrell (Milford, N.H.) grounded out to end the inning.
-  In the top of the fifth inning, Murphy and Washburn started with singles.  After O'Conner lined into a double play, Thompson doubled to make it 3-0.
-  Barone, SNHU's starting pitcher, was lifted after the double.  Sophomore Olivia Strasser (Rutland, Mass.)  finished up in the circle for the Penmen.
-  Barone, who went 2-for-2, singled to start the fifth inning for the Penmen.  Tyrrell would line into an inning ending double play, and SNHU would not reach base the remainder of the game.
-  The Hawks final run came in the sixth inning.  Kylie Fitzpatrick walked and Colson was hit-by-pitch.  Murphy (3-for-4) singled to drive in Fitzpatrick.
-  Junior Morgan Perry allowed only the two Barone hits, walking two and striking out five to improve to 25-5 on the season. 

- Top-seed Saint Anselm, who advanced to the National Championship series in 2018, will host the Super Regional next week.  The Hawks went a perfect 3-0 in this East Regional pod, defeating the Penmen twice and Bridgeport.  
- The Hawks won all five meetings with SNHU this season, including the two wins in the NCAA East Regional.
- After meeting in 16 different sports during 2018-19, both Southern New Hampshire and Saint Anselm College have 19 points in the battle for the Queen City Cup.  Saint Anselm picked up its first Cup in 2017-18, 21-15.  The schools started the competition in the 2014-15 academic year.

Season Highlights:  
SNHU matched its win total of last season - 38.  That's the most wins in a season in program history.  The Penmen, under the leadership of 14th year head coach Deb Robitaille, qualified for the NCAA tournament for the fifth time in the past six seasons.  SNHU made two Super Regional appearances and won the Northeast-10 in both 2014 and 2015.
- The program's lone senior, Erin Garczynski (Norwood, Mass.), hit .419 this season (67-for-160) and all-time SNHU best .394 for her career.  She was named the NE10 Player of the Year this season, and made the NE10 First-Team twice.   Garczynski also finishes tops all-time in games played, hits, doubles and RBI.  Over her four seasons, SNHU compiled a 132-64 record.
- Barone, also an NE10 First-team member, finishes 20-7, with a 1.26 ERA.  In addition to being named Pitcher of the Week three times by the Northeast-10, she was an NFCA National Pitcher of the Week.
- SNHU won a program record 22 consecutive games.  They won every game played between March 13 and April 12, outscoring the opponent 118-13 in that stretch.  
- The Penmen reached 13th in the NFCA National Rankings, the highest ever for the program.
- Southern New Hampshire also smashed 41 homers - led by freshman Emily Carbonneau (Lowell, Mass.) with 10.  That's the most homers in a season since 2012 (46).  

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