#20 Softball Sweeps Molloy to Run Record to 15-1


When and Where: March 14, 2018 – Clermont, Fla. (NTC Softball Complex)
Game One Score: Southern New Hampshire University 7, Molloy College 2
Game Two Score: Southern New Hampshire University 7, Molloy College 1
Records: SNHU 15-1, Molloy 6-8

Senior Sarah Lavallee (Candia, N.H.) homered and drove in six runs, in addition to earning a win in the circle in game two, as the 20th-ranked Southern New Hampshire University softball team swept a doubleheader from Molloy College on Wednesday in Clermont, Fla. The Penmen posted a 7-2 win in game one and rolled to a 7-1 victory in the second game.

Lavallee went 3-for-8 with a home run, six RBI and two runs scored in the twinbill. Senior Brittany Perdigao (Stoughton, Mass.) was 5-for-8 with an RBI and four runs scored. Sophomore Jordan Wade (E. Taunton, Mass.) finished 4-for-7 with a walk and a pair of extra-base hits, while also scoring four times. Junior Erin Garczynski (Norwood, Mass.) was 3-for-6 with a walk, pair of RBI and three runs scored.

Southern New Hampshire jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Lavallee singled home Perdigao, who reached on a bunt single.

The Penmen extended the lead with a four-spot in the third. Wade began the frame with a double to left and moved to third on an infield single by Perdigao, who then swiped second to put a pair in scoring position. Garczynski followed by reaching on an error, with both runs scoring to make it a three-run game. Freshman Shay Sauvageau (Griswold, Conn.) scored Garczynski with a single up the middle two batters later, while fellow freshman Emily Critch (Halifax, Mass.) pushed the lead to 5-0 with a double to left.

Molloy grabbed a pair back in the fifth on a two-run double by Alex Russo, but a two-out, two-run single from Lavallee in the sixth claimed the two runs back and put the Penmen up, 7-2.

Sophomore Maddy Barone (Halifax, Mass.) went the distance to improve to 7-0, as she allowed two runs on five hits, while striking out two and a walking a pair.

Perdigao was 3-for-4 with three runs scored, while Lavallee knocked in three runs and went 2-for-4. Critch finished 2-for-3, with Wade (walk, two runs) and senior Katie Horiuchi (Livingston, N.J.) each going 1-for-3.

SNHU ran out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning of game two, as Wade led off the game with a triple to right and scored on Perdigao's single through the right side to make it 1-0. After Garczynski beat out an infield single, Lavallee crushed a three-run homer to right to stretch the lead to 4-0.

Molloy answered with a run in the bottom of the second off freshman starter Ali Atherton (Milford, Mass.), as Russo doubled home a run, but the Penmen responded with two unearned runs in the top of the third by taking advantage of a pair of errors.

An RBI single by Garczynski, following singles from Wade and Perdigao, capped the scoring.

In her first career start, Atherton gave up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out a batter in an inning-and-a-third. Lavallee (8-1) tossed five-and-two-thirds innings of shutout relief, allowing five hits, while striking out two and walking a pair.

- Southern New Hampshire is off to its best start in program history at 15-1. The Penmen have now outscored their competition by an 87-34 margin, and SNHU pitching has held the opposition to just a .204 average.
- Barone has now thrown a complete game in seven straight starts.
- Perdigao has hit safely in 14 of 16 contests to begin the season, including seven straight.
- Lavallee's home run was her eighth of the season.

What's Next:
Southern New Hampshire returns to action at the National Training Complex on Friday, March 16 for another doubleheader. The Penmen play Edinboro University at 8 a.m., followed by West Chester University at 10:30 a.m.

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