When and Where: April 19, 2018 – Colchester, Vt. (Doc Jacobs Field)
Game One Score: Southern New Hampshire University 3, Saint Michael's College 1 (8 innings)
Game Two Score: Southern New Hampshire University 5, Saint Michael's College 0
Records: SNHU 31-9 (14-6 NE10, 9-5 NE10 Northeast); SMC 6-21 (3-14 NE10, 2-11 NE10 Northeast)
Sophomore Maddy Barone (Halifax, Mass.) allowed one run over eight innings in game one, and senior Sarah Lavallee (Candia, N.H.) closed out the day with a four-hit shutout as the Southern New Hampshire University softball team swept Saint Michael's College in a Northeast-10 Conference doubleheader on Thursday. The Penmen outlasted the Purple Knights, 3-1, in eight innings in the lid lifter before posting a 5-0 triumph in the finale.
Barone struck out nine and allowed just four hits in the complete-game effort, while Lavallee held Saint Michael's off the board over the course of her seven innings of work and scattered four hits while fanning one. Offensively, Southern New Hampshire was led by sophomore Jordan Wade (East Taunton, Mass.), who finished 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles, two walks and an RBI. Senior Brittany Perdigao (Stoughton, Mass.) added three hits in six trips to the plate with a run scored, and freshman Coralie Mathieu (Methuen, Mass.) was 3-for-8 with a pair of RBI and a run scored.
Neither side was able to generate any offense through the first four-plus innings in game one, as Barone was hurling a perfect game through the first 4.2 innings of the contest with six strikeouts while her counterpart, Danielle Brown, scattered four hits through the first five innings. Barone's pursuit of perfection came a sudden end with two away in the bottom of the fifth when Danielle Markowski connected on a solo shot down the line in left to stake the hosts to a 1-0 advantage.
After Barone retired the side with her seventh punchout of the game, the Penmen went to work and knotted the score in the sixth. Mathieu laced a one-out single to left after her at bat was extended by virtue of a dropped foul ball. Sophomore Erin Tyrrell (Milford, N.H.) moved Mathieu into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt before Wade roped a double to left center that drove in the tying run.
Saint Michael's threatened in the bottom of sixth after back-to-back singles from Julia Sevigny and Hayley Craddock left runners on first and second with one out. A sacrifice bunt off the bat of Chandler Wilder moved the runners to second and third with two away, but Barone locked in and induced a pop out to second to next hitter to keep the game knotted at one apiece. In the seventh, the Purple Knights again were in position to plate the go-ahead run as Torie Rathwell singled before a sac bunt pushed pinch-runner Sarah Wight to second. The winning run would be stranded, however, thanks to back-to-back strikeouts by Barone to send the game to extra frames.
Junior Erin Garczynski (Norwood, Mass.) was plunked to lead off the eighth before being lifted for sophomore Gabriella Vachon (Newton, Mass.), who was sacrificed to second by Lavallee. After Vachon advanced to third on a groundout to the right side, Tyrrell reached on an infield single that brought in the go-ahead run and gave Southern New Hampshire its first lead of the afternoon. Wade followed with a base hit to center before Barone helped her own cause by ripping a single through the left side that scored Tyrrell with an insurance run.
The lead would hold as Barone toed the slab for her eighth inning of work and retired the side in order to pick up her 14th win of the season.
Wade finished the opener 2-for-2 with an RBI and a walk, while Perdigao added two hits in three trips to the plate and Mathieu went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Game two saw Southern New Hampshire provide Lavallee with all the support she would need in the top half of the first. Perdigao reached on a fielder's choice before Garczynski followed with a base hit to center. Lavallee stepped in next and smacked a single into right that knocked in Perdigao and put the Penmen ahead, 1-0. Mathieu quickly doubled the advantage when she rolled a ball over to the right side that was mishandled by the Purple Knights' first baseman and allowed Garczynski to cross with the game's second run.
A quick 1-2-3 inning from Lavallee in the home half of the frame sent SNHU back to work in the top of the second, where it tacked on an insurance run to hold a 3-0 edge. Freshman Shay Sauvageau (Griswold, Conn.) tagged a one-out double to right center before Perdigao reached on an infield single. After Perdigao swiped second, Garczynski collected an RBI with a groundout to short that plated Sauvageau.
Lavallee made the lead hold, as she was flawless in the circle through the first 3.1 innings. After issuing a free pass with one away in the fourth, she proceeded to retire the ensuing five hitters to carry a no-hitter into the sixth. In the interim, Lavallee helped her cause yet again with a solo shot to right center that extended the Penmen cushion to four.
The senior righthander ran into her only bout of trouble in the sixth when Saint Michael's tallied its first three hits of the ballgame. Sevigny led off with a single up the middle before Craddock sent a base hit through the left side two batters later. With two away, Tierney dumped a single into right to load the bases, but Lavallee got out of the jam with a groundout to send the game to the seventh.
Southern New Hampshire capped the game's scoring in the seventh after Garczynski led off the frame with a double to left center before coming around to score on a Mathieu single to right.
Sauvageau joined Wade with 2-for-3 showings in game two, while both Lavallee and Garczynski added two hits in four at bats.
- Lavallee's home run was her 10thof the season and 35thof her career, which ties Kate Stanley for the most in program history.
- Perdigao's three-hit afternoon vaulted her into a tie for third place all-time in career hits. Her 168 is deadlocked with assistant coach, Katie Caruso '16, and sits just nine knocks away from second.
- Southern New Hampshire eclipses the 30-win plateau for the third time in five seasons dating back to 2014. The Penmen sit just four wins shy of tying the program record of 35 set in 2015.
- Perdigao extended her personal hitting streak to six games, and during this current stretch, she is hitting .526 (10-for-19) with four runs scored and a pair of stolen bases.
Southern New Hampshire returns home on Saturday to open its final homestand of the season with a doubleheader against Merrimack College, which will be broadcast on Fox College Sports, slated to begin at noon.
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