When and Where: April 27, 2018 – Worcester, Mass. (Marois Field)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 9, Assumption College 0 (5 innings)
Records: SNHU 35-10 (18-7 NE10, 13-6 NE10 Northeast); Assumption 18-14 (13-9 NE10, 11-8 NE10 Northeast)
Senior Sarah Lavallee (Candia, N.H.) set the Southern New Hampshire University softball all-time home run record on Friday with her 36th career long ball, as the Penmen rolled to a 9-0 victory over Assumption College in Northeast-10 Conference Northeast Division action at Marois Field.
Lavallee's 11th homer of the season highlighted a seven-run top of the fourth by Southern New Hampshire, and broke the previous career mark of 35, which was set by 2013 graduate, Kate Stanley. Lavallee finished the day 1-for-2 with three RBI, a run scored and a walk, while junior Erin Garczynski (Norwood, Mass.) was 2-for-3 and drove in a pair, and freshman Shay Sauvageau (Griswold, Conn.) joined senior Katie Horiuchi (Livingston, N.J.) with two hits and a run batted in.
The Penmen generated all the offense they would need in the top half of the first, as they scratched across a pair of runs. Sauvageau led off the contest with a base hit through the left side before moving up to second on a sacrifice bunt. Garczynski stepped in and delivered an RBI double to right to make it 1-0 before coming around to score on a sacrifice fly off the bat of sophomore Jordan Wade (East Taunton, Mass.) later in the frame.
Sophomore Maddy Barone (Halifax, Mass.) held the Greyhounds in check throughout the duration of Friday's contest, and carried a no-hitter through three innings of play. Barone pitched to contact throughout the afternoon, as she scattered three hits without allowing a run and not striking out a batter.
Southern New Hampshire put the game away in the fourth with a seven-run stanza. Sophomore Erin Tyrrell (Milford, N.H.) jumpstarted the rally with a one-out single before Barone reached on an error. Horiuchi followed and became the second consecutive Penmen batter to benefit from an Assumption miscue, which allowed Tyrrell to scamper in with the third SNHU run. Sauvageau dug in next and smacked a run-scoring double to right to knock in Barone, and Horiuchi tacked on the fifth run by bolting home on a wild pitch. A bunt single and stolen base by senior Brittany Perdigao (Stoughton, Mass.) left runners on second and third for Garczynski, who roped a single to center that allowed Sauvageau to score and extend the lead to six. Lavallee punctuated the inning by clubbing a three-run, record-setting, homer to drive in Garczynski and Perdigao to provide the final margin of victory.
- Southern New Hampshire tied the program record for single-season wins on Friday with its 35th victory of the year. The win total ties that of the 2015 team, which captured the NCAA Division II East 1 Region and advanced to the NCAA East Super Regional.
- Friday's win moves the Penmen into sole possession of second place in the Northeast-10 Conference Northeast Division. SNHU holds a one-game lead over Merrimack College, as well as the tie-breaker between the two teams.
- Lavallee's three RBI on Friday increased her career total to 108, which moved her into a tie for second all-time in career runs batted in with Stanley.
-Perdigao's base hit was the 172nd of her career, which stands third all-time and just five behind Kelsea Cheney '13 for second in program annals.
- Garczynski's two hits now gives her 164 over her nearly three seasons at SNHU, which is sixth-most all-time and three away from tying Mo Hannan '16 for fifth.
The two sides will resume their rain-shortened second game on Saturday, which was halted in the bottom of the first inning Friday with Assumption ahead, 2-0, before closing out the season series at 2 p.m.
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