When and Where: March 31, 2018 – Hooksett, N.H. (SNHU Softball Field)
Game One Score: Stonehill College 2, Southern New Hampshire University 1
Game Two Score: Stonehill College 5, Southern New Hampshire University 3
Records: Stonehill 4-12 (3-3 NE10, 2-0 NE10 NE), SNHU 20-5 (3-2 NE10, 1-2 NE10 NE)
Junior Erin Garczynski (Norwood, Mass.) went 3-for-6 and drove in three runs, but, in its first games of the season at home Saturday, the 21st-ranked Southern New Hampshire University softball team was handed a pair of losses by Stonehill College at the SNHU Softball Field. The Penmen were edged, 2-1, in the first game, with the Skyhawks rallying for a 5-3 victory in game two.
Freshman Shay Sauvageau (Griswold, Conn.) also went 3-for-6 during the doubleheader and knocked in a run, while sophomore Jordan Wade (E. Taunton, Mass.) finished 3-for-5 and scored three runs. Senior Brittany Perdigao (Stoughton, Mass.) also turned in a multiple-hit day, going 2-for-5 with a run scored.
Game one was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth inning when Michelle Theilgard hit a two-out home run to left off sophomore Maddy Barone (Halifax, Mass.) to give Stonehill a 1-0 advantage.
The Skyhawks would double their lead in the sixth with Caroline Casey taking Barone deep, just inside the left field foul pole, to make it 2-0.
The Southern New Hampshire bats awoke in the top of the seventh, with Perdigao singling to left to lead off the frame, before moving to second when Sauvageau dropped down a sacrifice bunt and reached on an error. Garczynski then delivered in the clutch, doubling to right-center to halve the Penmen deficit and put a pair in scoring position with no one out.
Sauvageau tried to score on a wild pitch during the ensuing at bat, but was cut down at home to keep it a 2-1 game. Garczynski, however, moved to third, putting the tying run 60 feet away with just one out. A groundout to first did not move the runner and a walk to sophomore Logan Filo-Loos (Dudley, Mass.) placed runners at the corners with two down. Stonehill would end it with a timely struck out.
Barone (9-2) allowed two runs on four hits, while striking out one and walking a pair, over six innings.
Garczynski (RBI), Perdigao (run) and Wade were all 1-for-3.
SNHU jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first of game two, as Wade led off with a single, advanced to second on a Perdigao sac bunt, went to third on Sauvageau's base hit to center and easily scored when Garczynski pushed a sac bunt toward first.
The Penmen extended their lead to 2-0 in the third when Wade again jump-started the frame with a walk, went to second on another Perdigao sac bunt and scored on a Sauvageau single to center.
Senior Sarah Lavallee (Candia, N.H.) was cruising until the sixth when three straight singles loaded the bases with no outs. Sophie Perez tied the game with a double to the gap in left-center, before Gianna Azzato brought in two more with a triple to center. The Penmen tabbed freshman Ali Atherton (Milford, Mass.) to get out of the jam and she immediately induced a fly ball to right-center that wound up falling between the two outfielders to bring in another run that made it 5-2.
Southern New Hampshire attempted to answer in the seventh, as singles from Wade and Perdigao, followed by a ground out, put a pair in scoring position with two outs. Garczynski again came through with a sharp single through the left side that pulled the Penmen within 5-3 and put runners at the corners, but the Skyhawks would escape further damage with a pop up to second to end it.
Lavallee was charged with five runs on seven hits, while fanning four, in five-and-a-third innings of work. Atherton allowed one hit in two-thirds of an inning of relief.
Sauvageau finished 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Wade went 2-for-2 with a walk and three runs scored. Garzynski was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI.
- Garczynski's three-hit afternoon upped her career total to 142, which moves past Ashley Bernstein '09 and into ninth all-time. Perdigao's two base knocks gave her 156 for her career, which is one shy of matching Felicia Brum '07 for fifth all-time.
- Barone hurled her ninth complete-game of the season in game one.
Southern New Hampshire wraps up the series with Stonehill on Monday, April 2 (3 p.m.) at the SNHU Softball Field.
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