When and Where: March 9, 2018 – Clermont, Fla. (NTC Softball Complex)
Game One Score: Southern New Hampshire University 3, Le Moyne College 0
Game Two Score: Southern New Hampshire University 3, Le Moyne College 0
Records: SNHU 8-0 (2-0 NE10), 12-4 (0-2 NE10)
Sophomore Maddy Barone (Halifax, Mass.) and senior Sarah Lavallee (Candia, N.H.) each tossed complete-game shutouts to lead the Southern New Hampshire University softball team to a doubleheader sweep of Le Moyne College on Friday to kick off NE10 play and a 14-game trip to Clermont, Fla. The Penmen posted a 3-0 victory in each game.
Senior Brittany Perdigao (Stoughton, Mass.) went 3-for-6 in the twinbill and scored half of the Penmen runs, while Lavallee was 2-for-7 and knocked in a pair. Junior Erin Garczynski (Norwood, Mass.) finished 3-for-8 with an RBI and a run scored, with freshman Shay Sauvageau (Griswold, Conn.) going 2-for-5 with an RBI.
Southern New Hampshire jumped on the board first in the top of the third inning of game one, taking advantage of back-to-back, two-out errors to push across an unearned run.
The Penmen went back to work in the fifth, plating a pair to take a 3-0 lead. Sauvageau's RBI single scored the first run, before heads-up base running by sophomore Logan Filo-Loos (Dudley, Mass.) on a foul out to the first baseman down the right field line extended the lead to three.
Barone continued to cruise the rest of the way, allowing two base runners over the final three frames.
Barone (3-0) allowed four hits over seven scoreless innings, punching out 11 without walking a batter.
In the second game, the Penmen moved out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, as Lavallee helped herself with a run-scoring single to right-center that plated Perdigao, who made it on with a single to center.
The score stayed that way into the fifth inning with Perdigao and Garczynski coming through with back-to-back two-out hits to put a runner in scoring position. Lavallee again gave herself some support by knocking a single into center to score Perdigao and make it 2-0.
The Penmen would add another in the seventh, as senior Katie Horiuchi (Livingston, N.J.) led off with a single to center and scored when Garczynski delivered a two-out double to center to extend the lead to 3-0.
That was more than enough for Lavallee (5-0), who relinquished just one hit and one walk, while striking out four, over seven shutout frames. Lavallee was perfect through five-and-two-thirds innings, before an error knocked her out of the groove. She then gave up her only hit of the day, before another error loaded the bases for the Dolphins in the sixth. Lavallee would get out of it with a grounder.
Garczynski was 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Lavallee (two RBI) and Perdigao (three runs), both went 2-for-4.
- Southern New Hampshire is off to its best start in program history at 8-0. The Penmen have now outscored their competition by a 41-11 margin, and SNHU pitching has held the opposition to just a .176 average.
- The Penmen collected 16 hits in the doubleheader, including a pair of the extra-base variety, while holding the Dolphins to just five hits over 49 plate appearances.
- The shutout for Barone is her third straight, as she has not allowed a run over the last 22-and-a-third innings. She has struck out 30 in 27 frames and has lowered her earned-run average to a microscopic 0.78.
- Perdigao has hit safely in seven of eight contests to begin the season.
Southern New Hampshire is back at it at the National Training Complex on Saturday, March 10 for another doubleheader. The Penmen play Notre Dame College of Ohio at 9 a.m., followed by Caldwell University at 11:30 a.m.
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