When and Where: April 24, 2018 – Rindge, N.H. (Bisaccia Softball Complex)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 2, Franklin Pierce University 1
Records: SNHU 34-10 (17-7 NE10, 12-6 NE10 Northeast); FPU 9-22 (6-15 NE10, 3-14 NE10 Northeast)
Freshman Shay Sauvageau (Griswold, Conn.) connected on a two-run double in the top half of the seventh inning to lift the Southern New Hampshire University softball team to a 2-1 victory over Franklin Pierce University in Northeast-10 Conference softball action at the Bisaccia Softball Complex Tuesday.
Trailing by one with just three outs remaining, the Penmen went right to work in the seventh. Sophomore Jordan Wade (East Taunton, Mass.) was hit by a pitch to lead off the frame before freshman Jackie Gavin (Laconia, N.H.) reached on an infield single to put two on with nobody out. After senior Katie Horiuchi (Livingston, N.J.) moved the runners up to second and third with a sacrifice bunt, Sauvageau laced a double to right that drove in a pair and lifted Southern New Hampshire to its second consecutive win in its final at-bat.
Neither side was able to push across a run during the first two and a half innings until the Ravens grabbed a 1-0 advantage in the bottom of the third. Abbigael Cook led off the frame with a walk before Ashley Conway followed with a base hit to left. After a sacrifice bunt pushed the runners into scoring position, a mishandled ball off the bat of Cassidy Sorenson allowed Cook to cross with the game's first run. Poised to tack on addition runs, Franklin Pierce wound up stranding a pair after senior Sarah Lavallee (Candia, N.H.) fanned the ensuing batter and induced a fly out to left to close out the inning.
Lavallee worked the first 5.1 innings on Tuesday, and allowed just one run on seven hits while striking out six. After limiting the damage in the third, Lavallee escaped a bases loaded jam in the fourth to keep the SNHU deficit at one. A one-out single was followed by a second Penmen miscue. Two batters later, Conway worked a walk to load the bases, but Lavallee got out of the jam with a groundout to third.
In the fifth, Franklin Pierce went back of the offensive with a one-out double that preceded a base hit up the middle by Bre Eastlick to leave runners on the corners. The Eastlick single spelled the end of the afternoon for Lavallee, who was replaced by freshman Ali Atherton (Milford, Mass.). After the rookie right-hander plunked the first batter she faced, Atherton was able to retire the next hitter with a foul pop-out to freshman Emily Critch (Halifax, Mass.). Critch was not done, however, as she closed out the inning by picking the runner off third base to send the contest to the seventh.
Atheron earned her second consecutive victory in the circle for Southern New Hampshire after retiring the final five batters she faced. Gavin led the way offensively for the Penmen with two hits in three trips to the plate to go along with scoring the go-ahead run.
- The Penmen picked up win No. 34 on the season, which leaves them just one victory shy of tying the program record for wins in a season, which was set in 2015.
- Southern New Hampshire was outhit, 7-5, and committed a pair of errors compared to just one by the Ravens.
- Cyremas Zemaitis was saddled with the loss for Franklin Pierce after tossing 6.2 innings and allowing two earned runs on five hits with seven strikeouts.
The Penmen wrap up the regular season portion of their schedule with a three-game set at Assumption College, which begins Friday at 3:30 p.m.
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