When and Where: March 29, 2018 – Waterbury, Conn. (LaMoy Field)
Game One: No. 21 Southern New Hampshire University 13, Post University 0 (5 Innings)
Game Two: No. 21 Southern New Hampshire University 6, Post University 2
Records: SNHU 20-3, Post 6-10
Junior Erin Garczynski (Norwood, Mass.) finished 5-for-5 and reached base seven times while sophomore Maddy Barone (Halifax, Mass.) turned in a complete game, one-hit shutout, as the 21st-ranked Southern New Hampshire University softball team outscored Post University, 19-2, in a doubleheader sweep on Thursday. The Penmen took game one in five innings by a score of 13-0 before handling the Eagles in the finale, 6-2.
Garczynski connected on her second home run of the season and added a double to go along with three RBI, three runs scored and a pair of walks. Sophomore Gabriella Vachon (Newton, Mass.) added three hits in five trips to the plate, and freshman Emily Critch (Halifax, Mass.) connected on the first home run of her career while scoring three times in the twinbill.
After a scoreless first inning in Thursday's opener, Southern New Hampshire exploded for nine runs in the top half of the second inning. Freshman Jackie Gavin (Laconia, N.H.) reached on a Post error before the Eagles' defense mishandled a sacrifice bunt attempt off the bat of Critch to leave runners at the corners with nobody out. A wild pitch brought in the game's first run, and after back-to-back walks loaded the bases, senior Brittany Perdigao (Stoughton, Mass.) worked a free pass to push in Critch to make it 2-0. Two batters later, SNHU extended its lead to three thanks to another wild pitch before Garczynski reloaded the bases with a walk. Senior Sarah Lavallee (Candia, N.H.) stepped in next and cleared the bases with a two-out double to left-center that made it 6-0, and after a Gavin single, Critch drilled a three-run shot over the wall in left to give the Penmen a nine-run cushion.
Barone responded with a clean home half of the second before the offense went back to the longball in the third to extend the lead to double digits. Freshman Shay Sauvageau (Griswold, Conn.) smacked a two-out single into left before Garczynski crushed a two-run bomb up and out to left. After Barone fanned the side in the bottom of the frame, freshman Coralie Mathieu (Methuen, Mass.) picked up her first collegiate hit and RBI on a base knock through the right side that plated Gavin to make it 12-0. The Penmen capped the game's scoring with the ensuing batter, as sophomore Jordan Wade (East Taunton, Mass.) plated Vachon with a sacrifice fly.
Barone surrendered just one hit and walked two while fanning six in five innings of work. She was never threatened, as she allowed just one free pass through the first three innings before seeing the lone hit fall in the fourth.
Game two began in similar fashion to game one, as neither side was able to generate any offense in the first before Southern New Hampshire grabbed the lead in the second. After Gavin reached on a fielder's choice and moved up to second on a single by Critch, Vachon laced a single into center that knocked in the game's first run.
The third inning saw the Penmen put the game out of reach, as they scored four times on just one hit. Sauvageau connected on a one-out single to start the rally before back-to-back walks by Garczynski and Lavallee loaded the bases. After a run-scoring groundout off the bat of Gavin extended the SNHU advantage to a pair, Critch drew a free pass to put a Penmen on each base. A Post miscue in the outfield on a ball hit by Vachon allowed all-three runners to cross the plate and stake Southern New Hampshire to a 5-0 edge.
An RBI single from Garczynski capped the SNHU scoring in the top of the fourth before the Eagles pushed across a pair of runs in the fifth to provide the final margin of scoring.
Lavallee earned the win in the finale after going the distance and allowing two runs on three hits with two strikeouts and three walks. Perdigao finished 2-for-4 in game two with a run scored while Vachon added a pair of hits and an RBI.
- Southern New Hampshire extends its best start in program history to 20-3. The Penmen are outscoring their opponents by a 123-61 margin, and SNHU pitching is operating at a 3-to-1 strikeouts to walk ratio.
- The Penmen compiled 21 hits in the twinbill sweep while Southern New Hampshire University pitching allowed just four hits.
- Garczynski's five-hit afternoon upped her career total to 139, which moves her into the top-10 all-time in school history in total hits. She is just one hit away from tying Ashley Bernstein '09 for ninth all-time. Her home run was the 14th of her career.
- Barone hurled her eighth complete-game of the season, which eclipses her total of seven from a season ago. She tied her win total of nine from her freshman campaign, and accomplished the feat in nine fewer appearances and five less starts.
Southern New Hampshire returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Stonehill College in its home opener at the SNHU Softball Field. The Northeast-10 Conference doubleheader is slated to begin at 11 a.m.
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