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.
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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