When and Where: May 3, 2018 – Garden City, N.Y. (Janet L. Ficke Field)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 6, University of New Haven 2
Records: SNHU 37-11, UNH 25-21
Junior Erin Garczynski (Norwood, Mass.) was 3-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored, while sophomore Jordan Wade (East Taunton, Mass.) added two hits and drove in a pair on Thursday, at the Southern New Hampshire University softball team advanced to the 2018 Northeast-10 Conference Championship semifinals with a 6-2 win over the University of New Haven.
The Penmen, who are the No. 2 seed in the Northeast Division, advance to Friday's first semifinal where they will face the Southwest Division's top seed and championship host, Adelphi University, at noon.
After surrendering the game's first run on an RBI double in the top half of the first, Southern New Hampshire tacked on single runs in both the second and the third to take a one-run lead. Senior Sarah Lavallee (Candia, N.H.) led off the home half of the second with a triple to center before Wade delivered a two-out single to plate the tying. In the third, freshman Shay Sauvageau (Griswold, Conn.) reached on an error to start the frame before being sacrificed over to second. Garczynski followed with a base hit to center and moved up to second on the throw, as the Chargers were able to execute the relay and cut down Sauvageau at the plate. The advancement proved pivotal, as Lavallee stroked a single to right center with two away that allowed Garczynski to scamper home with the go-ahead run.
The score remained unchanged into the fifth, when the Penmen pushed across a pair of runs to build a three-run cushion. Garczynski led off with an inside-the-park home run to right center to double the SNHU advantage before back-to-back walks to Lavallee and freshman Emily Critch (Halifax, Mass.) left two on with nobody out. A sacrifice bunt off the bat of freshman Jackie Gavin (Laconia, N.H.) moved both runners into scoring position, and two batters later, sophomore Maddy Barone (Halifax, Mass.) aided her own cause with an RBI single to right center to knock in the fourth Penmen run.
The Chargers sliced into the Southern New Hampshire lead with a run in the top of the sixth, but the Penmen put the game out of reach with two in the home half of the stanza. Sauvageau worked a walk to start the rally before senior Brittany Perdigao (Stoughton, Mass.) legged out an infield single. Garczynski followed with an infield hit of her own, and two batters later, Critch drilled a base hit into left that plated Sauvageau and reestablished a three-run edge. Two batters later, Wade roped a single into left to knock in Perdigao and provide the final margin of victory.
Barone earned the win in the circle for Southern New Hampshire after going the distance and allowing two runs on seven hits with three strikeouts.
- The Penmen rapped out 13 hits as a team on Thursday, and all but one starter registered at least one base knock.
- Barone improved to 17-6 on the year with complete game No. 17.
- Southern New Hampshire advances to the NE10 semifinals for the sixth consecutive season.
The Penmen and Panthers renew their rivalry Friday at Janet L. Ficke Field at noon, with the winner advancing to Saturday's NE10 Championship final.
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