When and Where: March 12, 2018 – Clermont, Fla. (NTC Softball Complex)
Game One Score: Southern New Hampshire University 8, Mercy College 1
Game Two Score: Southern New Hampshire University 2, Wayne State University 1
Records: SNHU 12-0, Mercy 7-4, WSU 6-5
Sophomore Jordan Wade (E. Taunton, Mass.) hit .400 with an OPS of 1.171 and accounted for four of her team's 10 runs, while the pitching duo of sophomore Maddy Barone (Halifax, Mass.) and senior Sarah Lavallee (Candia, N.H.) continued to get it done, as the Southern New Hampshire University softball team chalked up two more victories in Florida on Monday. The Penmen poured it on late in an 8-1 victory over Mercy College in the first game and then eked out a 2-1 win against Wayne State University in game two.
Wade was 2-for-5 with two walks, two RBI and two runs scored in the doubleheader, while senior Brittany Perdigao (Stoughton, Mass.) went 2-for-6 with a walk, RBI and pair of runs scored.
Mercy struck first with an unearned run in the top of the first, taking advantage of an error to push home the game's first score with a Cassidy Wooten sacrifice fly to center.
Southern New Hampshire followed suit in the bottom half of the first, as Wade led off with a walk and scored one batter later when Perdigao reached on an error. Junior Erin Garczynski (Norwood, Mass.) then squeezed home Perdigao, who had scampered all the way to third on the error, to put the Penmen on top, 2-1.
The score remained that way until back-to-back two-out errors allowed a pair of Penmen to cross the plate and extend the lead to 4-1.
Wade helped deliver SNHU some insurance in the sixth, as her two-run double brought in half of the four runs scored in the inning. Perdigao made it 7-1 with an RBI single, before Garczynski's run-scoring ground out capped the damage.
Barone (6-0) allowed one run – unearned – on five hits, striking out one and walking one over seven innings.
Wade was 1-for-2 with a pair of walks, two RBI and two runs scored, while Perdigao went 1-for-3 with an RBI and scored twice.
The second game was scoreless until the fourth inning when Wayne State received a two-out single from Ashley Messina off of Lavallee that made it 1-0.
Lavallee tied it for Southern New Hampshire in the sixth with a solo shot to left-center. Freshman Shay Sauvageau (Griswold, Conn.) immediately followed with a double before classmate Emily Critch (Halifax, Mass.) plated the eventual game-winning run with an RBI single to right that put the Penmen in front, 2-1.
Lavallee then retired the final six-in-a-row to nail down the win.
Lavallee (6-0) allowed one run on five hits, while striking out a pair and walking one over seven innings.
Wade, Perdigao (walk), Sauvageau, Critch (RBI), sophomore Logan Filo-Loos (Dudley, Mass.) and senior Katie Horiuchi (Livingston, N.J.) were all 1-for-3. Lavallee finished 1-for-4 with an RBI and run scored.
- Southern New Hampshire is off to its best start in program history at 12-0. The Penmen have now outscored their competition by a 63-18 margin, and SNHU pitching has held the opposition to just a .183 average.
- Barone extends her streak of complete-game, zero-earned-run efforts to five straight, and has not allowed an earned run over the last 38-and-a-third innings. She has struck out 38 in 43 frames and has lowered her earned-run average to a microscopic 0.49.
- Perdigao has hit safely in 10 of 12 contests to begin the season.
Southern New Hampshire returns to action at the National Training Complex on Tuesday, March 13 for more doubleheader action. The Penmen play Bloomsburg University at 9 a.m., followed by Northwood University at 11:30 a.m.
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