Softball Downs Wilmington; Falls to No. 19 Rollins in Second Day of Action

CLERMONT, Fla.—The Southern New Hampshire University softball team split a pair of games on day the second day of action at the National Training Center in Clermont, Florida, defeating Wilmington (Del). 3-2 in the first game of the day before dropping an 11-1 decision to No. 19 Rollins College in the nightcap.  The Penmen now sit at 1-3 on the season, while Wilmington falls to 4-11 and Rollins improves to 17-4 on the season.

The first game of the day remained scoreless until the top of the fifth inning, when Kelsea Cheney (Abington, Mass.) singled up the middle and advanced to third on a fielding error by Wilmington's centerfielder.  Jessica Berardi (Raynham, Mass.) would check in as a pinch runner for Cheney, and would tag up and score on a sacrifice fly by Morgan Farmer (Kingston, N.H.). 

The Penmen would extend the lead to 3-0 in the top of the sixth, as Amanda Barton (Franklin, N.H.) reached on a throwing error and Ali Maloof (Norwood, Mass.) and Nicole Newell (Abington, Mass.) reached on singles to load the bases.  Cristy Jenkins (Hudson, N.H.) flied out to right field, scoring Barton.  Maloof would then score on a passed ball by Wilmington pitcher Katie Warrington. 

Wilmington would pose a comeback in the bottom of the seventh and would load the bases with two outs.  A single would score one run for Wilmington, bringing the score to 3-1, before a walk would force a second run across the plate.  With the bases still loaded, SNHU pitcher Dolores Mattice (Schnectady, N.Y.) would strike out Wilmington's Jillian Stafford to clinch her first win of the season in the circle.

Mattice scattered six hits in seven innings of work, giving up two earned runs and three walks while striking out seven.  Warrinton scattered five hits on the afternoon to Maloof, Newell, Cheney, Farmer and Tesia Stanasek (Blackstone, Mass.).  She gave up three unearned runs and struck out nine Penmen batters.

In the nightcap, Rollins would take the 1-0 lead in top of the first inning.  The score remained unchanged until the fourth inning, when Rollins scored an earned run and then capitalized on Penmen errors to score four unearned runs, taking the 5-0 lead.  The Penmen would plate a run in the bottom of the fourth as Maloof singled to third base and scored on a double by Newell, but Rollins would tack on two more runs in the fifth and three runs in the sixth to finalize the game. 

Maloof took the loss in the circle for the Penmen, scattering eight hits and nine runs (six earned) over five innings before giving way to Lauren Zambrano (Wallingford, Conn.) and Rebecca Sherwood (Braintree, Mass.), who both saw time in the circle in the final inning. Cara Daly (Plainville, Mass.) led the Penmen in the nightcap with two hits. 

The Penmen continue play at the National Training Center tomorrow for games five and six of their 10-game stretch in Florida.  SNHU will face regional opponent Concordia (N.Y.) tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. before facing St. Joseph's (Ind.) at 11:00 a.m.