#20 Softball Makes it Four Straight with Two More Wins Friday


When and Where: March 16, 2018 – Clermont, Fla. (NTC Softball Complex)
Game One Score: Southern New Hampshire University 14, Edinboro University 3
Game Two Score: Southern New Hampshire University 2, West Chester University 1
Records: SNHU 17-1, Edinboro 3-9, West Chester 14-7

Senior Brittany Perdigao (Stoughton, Mass.) and junior Erin Garczynski (Norwood, Mass.) each drove in three runs, as the 20th-ranked Southern New Hampshire University softball team tallied up two more wins against Edinboro University and West Chester University on Friday in Clermont, Fla. The Penmen slugged their way to a 14-3 win against Edinboro, before pulling out a 2-1 win versus West Chester.

Perdigao finished the doubleheader 4-for-6 with three RBI and four runs scored, to go with an OPS of 1.667. Garczynski went 3-for-7 with a home run, three RBI and pair of runs scored. Freshman Emily Critch (Halifax, Mass.) was 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored, while senior Sarah Lavallee (Candia, N.H.) went 1-for-3 with four walks, an RBI and a run scored.

Edinboro actually drew first blood against Southern New Hampshire in the top of the first, as Olivia Jankowski struck out swinging, but reached on a passed ball, went to second on a fielder's choice and moved to third on an error, before scoring on a two-out passed ball. 

SNHU answered back in a big way in the top of the second, taking advantage of four Edinboro errors to score four times. Three runs scored on errors, while Perdigao drove in a fourth unearned run with a two-out single to left-center. 

The Penmen blew it wide open with a five-spot in the third. Critch led off with a double, moved to third on a ground out and scored on an errant pick-off throw from the catcher. After walks to senior Katie Horiuchi (Livingston, N.J.) and sophomore Jordan Wade (E. Taunton, Mass.), Perdigao delivered a two-out, two-run triple, before Garczynski smashed a two-run home run that made it 9-1.

The Fighting Scots inched closer in the fifth on a two-run double by Roni Lipinski, but the Penmen would put it away with five more in the seventh. RBI singles from Perdigao, Garczynski and Lavallee ran the score to 12-3, before sophomore Erin Tyrrell (Milford, N.H.) smacked a two-run double to cap the scoring.

Sophomore Maddy Barone (Halifax, Mass.) allowed one run – unearned – on three hits, while striking out one and not issuing a walk over three innings of work. Freshman Ali Atherton (Milford, Mass.) came on in relief to pick up her first career victory, going four innings, giving up two runs – one earned – on five hits, fanning one and not walking a batter.

Perdigao was 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored, with Garczynski going 2-for-5 with three RBI and a pair of runs scored. Lavallee went 1-for-1 with three walks, an RBI and a run, while Tyrrell finished 2-for-2 with a pair of runs knocked in. 

Southern New Hampshire did not wait around in the second game, scoring twice in the bottom of the first. Wade led off by getting hit with a pitch, advanced to second on Perdigao's bunt single, went to third on a sacrifice bunt from Garcynski and scored on a wild pitch. Perdigao later came home on a two-out single from Critch to make it 2-0.

Lavallee kept West Chester at bay until the top of the seventh, when a double from Cat Hammer, single by Emily Maseth and RBI double from Madison Kelly trimmed the deficit to 2-1 and put a pair in scoring position with no one out. The Penmen went to Barone, who induced a pair of shallow fly outs to center before ending the game with a huge punch out to preserve the win. 

Lavallee (9-1) allowed one run on five hits, while striking out two and walking one, over six-plus innings. Barone was perfect, striking out one, in her inning of work to record her first save.

Critch was 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Perdigao (run) and Garczynski were each 1-for-2. 

- Southern New Hampshire extends its best start in program history to 17-1. The Penmen have now outscored their competition by a 103-38 margin, and SNHU pitching has held the opposition to just a .207 average.
- Barone's streak of seven straight starts with a complete game came to an end.
- Perdigao has hit safely in 16 of 18 contests to begin the season, including nine straight.
- Garczynski's home run was her first of the season.

What's Next:
Southern New Hampshire wraps up its time at the National Training Complex with one last doubleheader Saturday, March 17. The Penmen play Wayne State University at 9 a.m., before trying to avenge their only loss of the trip against Northwood University at 11:30 a.m.

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