NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.—The Southern New Hampshire University softball team split a Northeast-10 Conference doubleheader with the Warriors of Merrimack College on Thursday afternoon, falling 5-0 in game one before winning 9-1 in five innings in game two. With today's results, the Penmen now sit at 26-16 overall and 16-10 in NE-10 action, while the Warriors are 17-21 overall and 11-15 in league play.
The Warriors to an early 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first of game one. Tawny Palmeiri walked, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ashley Perry, and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Monique Gosselin would also draw a walk to give the Warriors two base runners. A single down the right field line by Jaclyn Giovannini would score Palmeiri, and a home run to centerfield by Keaira Monet Perry would put Merrimack up by four.
Merrimack would tack on a final run in the bottom of the third as a single by Keaira Monet Perry scored Gosselin from second, who reached on a walk and advanced to second sacrifice bunt by Giovaninni.
Warriors pitcher Kelli Jo Deardorff held the Penmen to just three hits in the opener, as Amanda Barton (Franklin, N.H.), Kate Stanley (Kingston, Mass.) and Kelsea Cheney (Abington, Mass.) all connected for singles. Deardorff walked one while striking out seven on the afternoon.
Ali Maloof (Norwood, Mass.) took the loss in the circle for SNHU, scattering four hits, five runs and three walks in three innings of work while striking out four. Rebecca Sherwood (Braintree, Mass.) pitched the final three innings, scattering two hits and two strikeouts.
In the nightcap, SNHU took an early 1-0 lead after one inning of play and extended the lead to 2-0 after two innings. A six-run fourth inning and another run in the fifth would give the Penmen the 9-0 advantage. Merrimack would respond with a single run in the bottom of the fifth, but it SNHU's eight-run lead ended the game in five innings.
Cheney, Cara Daly (Plainville, Mass.) and Morgan Farmer (Kingston, N.H.) all connected for home runs in the second game. Farmer led the Penmen at the plate with three of the team's 10 hits. Cheney batted in a team-high four runs.
Dolores Mattice (Schenectady, N.Y.) earned her tenth win in the circle, scattering five hits, one earned run, and four walks in five innings while striking out nine. Mattice, who entered today's game with 196 career strikeouts, now sits in fifth place in Penmen history in career strikeouts with 205.
Allie Thomas took the loss for Merrimack, sacrificing five hits, six runs (one earned) two walks and a strike out over 3.2 innings.
Southern New Hampshire returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Pace University in a Northeast-10 Conference doubleheader at 5:00 p.m.