When and Where: March 13, 2018 – Clermont, Fla. (NTC Softball Complex)
Game One Score: Southern New Hampshire University 8, Bloomsburg University 6 (10 inn.)
Game Two Score: Northwood University 7, Southern New Hampshire University 2
Records: SNHU 13-1, Bloomsburg 4-4, Northwood 7-4
Seniors Katie Horiuchi (Livingston, N.J.) and Sarah Lavallee (Candia, N.H.) each drove in three runs in a game one victory, as the Southern New Hampshire University softball team split a pair of games in Florida on Tuesday. The Penmen pulled out an 8-6 victory in 10 innings against Bloomsburg University in the first game and then suffered its first blemish of the season with a 7-2 loss to Northwood University in game two.
Horiuchi was 3-for-6 with a walk, three RBI and a run scored in the doubleheader, with Lavallee going 3-for-8 with a home run, four RBI and two runs scored. Sophomore Jordan Wade (E. Taunton, Mass.) went 3-for-5 with a walk, RBI and a run scored. Senior Brittany Perdigao (Stoughton, Mass.) finished 3-for-7 with a run scored and freshman Shay Sauvageau (Griswold, Conn.) went 3-for-8 with a run.
In the first game, Bloomsburg jumped on the Penmen in the bottom of the first when Kalynn Wheeland hit a two-out, two-run home run off sophomore Maddy Barone (Halifax, Mass.).
Southern New Hampshire sliced its deficit in half in the top of the second when Sauvageau led off with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch, went to third on a sacrifice bunt from classmate Jackie Gavin (Laconia, N.H.) and scored on a sac fly by fellow freshman Emily Critch (Halifax, Mass.).
Bloomsburg would get the run back in the fourth, as Emily Mayhew led off the frame with a solo shot that extended the lead to 3-1.
SNHU would again answer in the fifth when Lavallee hit a two-out RBI single to score Wade, who began the inning by getting hit with a pitch and moving to second on a sac bunt from Perdigao.
The Penmen would pull even in the sixth when Gavin pinch ran following a leadoff walk to freshman Coralie Mathieu (Methuen, Mass.), moved to third on sac bunts from Critch and sophomore Logan Filo-Loos (Dudley, Mass.), and then scored on a two-out single to center by Horiuchi.
The back-and-forth continued in the home half when Mayhew swatted her second leadoff homer of the day to put Bloomsburg in front, 4-3.
The Penmen would not go away, however, as Perdigao jump-started the seventh with a single and moved to second on a sac bunt by junior Erin Garczynski (Norwood, Mass.), before Lavallee delivered in the clutch, smashing a two-run homer that flipped SNHU into the lead at 5-4.
Southern New Hampshire would not hold the lead in the home half, however, as Taylor Winkelman's two-out, run-scoring single tied the game and sent it to extras.
Horiuchi gave the Penmen the lead with an RBI base hit in the eighth, but the Huskies would answer, as a passed ball evened the score at 6-all.
In the 10th, a key error would allow a run to score before Horiuchi provided some insurance with a sac fly to center.
Lavallee, who came on in relief to start the eighth, nailed down the victory with a 1-2-3 bottom half.
Barone allowed five runs on eight hits, while striking out four and not walking a batter, in seven innings. Lavallee improved to 7-0 by tossing three innings and giving up one run – unearned – on one hit, while striking out a batter.
Horiuchi (three RBI) and Wade (walk, RBI, run) were each 3-for-4. Sauvageau went 3-for-5 with a run, while Lavallee finished 2-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored. Critch (RBI, two runs) and Perdigao (run) were each 1-for-3.
In the second game, Northwood moved out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a two-out double by Sydni Pauley and then hung a five-spot in the second, highlighted by a two-out, two-run homer from Abby Joseph that made it 6-0 and chased Lavallee from the circle.
Southern New Hampshire grabbed one back in the fourth on a two-out RBI single to center from Filo-Loos, but Northwood answered in the fifth with a solo blast from Pauley that made it 7-1. A sac fly to right in the fifth from Lavallee would score Horiuchi, who led off with a walk, to cap the scoring.
Lavallee (7-1) relinquished six runs on six hits over an inning-and-a-third, while striking out one and walking a pair. Barone tossed five-and-a-third frames of relief, giving up one run on four hits, fanning two and not issuing a walk.
Perdigao went 2-for-4, while Filo-Loos was 1-for-2 with an RBI. Lavallee (RBI, run) and sophomore Gabriella Vachon (Newton, Mass.) were each 1-for-3.
- Southern New Hampshire is off to its best start in program history at 13-1. The Penmen have now outscored their competition by a 73-31 margin, and SNHU pitching has held the opposition to just a .201 average.
- Barone, who has now thrown a complete game in six straight starts, had her streak of not allowing an earned run snapped at 39 innings.
- Perdigao has hit safely in 12 of 14 contests to begin the season, including five straight.
- Lavallee's long-ball was her seventh of the season.
Southern New Hampshire returns to action at the National Training Complex on Wednesday, March 14 when it meets Molloy College in a doubleheader that begins at 9 a.m.
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