Third-Seeded Assumption Edges Softball 3-2 in Northeast-10 Tournament Thriller
WORCESTER, Mass.—Assumption College scored on a close play at the plate in the bottom of the seventh to post a 3-2 win in the first round of the Northeast-10 Conference Championship on Wednesday afternoon. With the win, Assumption advances to the double-elimination round of the tournament on Friday hosted by Southern Connecticut.
Assumption struck first in the game as Lauren Medieros and Nikki Boris led off the bottom of the fourth inning with back-to-back singles. Both would advance a base on a sacrifice bunt by Jess DiPilato and would score on a single to right-center by Marrisa Palumbo.
SNHU would answer to tie the game a 2-2 in the top of the fifth as Amanda Barton (Franklin, N.H.) led off the inning with a single to left field. Kelsea Cheney (Abington, Mass.) would then notch her 15th home run of the season down the left field line to score two runs.
The Penmen would pose a scoring opportunity in the top of the sixth as Morgan Farmer (Kingston, N.H.) reached a walk, but after advancing her to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jessica Douillette (Concord, N.H.), a groundout and a strikeout would strand her at second.
The score remained untouched until the bottom of the seventh when Andrea Crowley led off the inning with a single to centerfield. A well-played fielder's choice by the Penmen would throw get Crowley out at second with one out while pinch-hitter Caitlin Clary reached on the fielder's choice. Katherine Mosca would re-enter to run for Clary and scored on a double down the left field line by Tanya Robidoux.
Ali Maloof (Norwood, Mass.) earned the start and scattered six hits, two earned runs and no walks while striking out five in 3.1 innings of action. She was relieved by Rebecca Sherwood (Braintree, Mass.) who gave up three hits, one run, no walks and no strikeouts in 3.0 innings.
Northeast-10 Conference Pitcher of the Year Jennifer Lowrey earned the win in the circle for Assumption. She gave up five hits, two earned runs, and two walks while striking out 13 batters on the afternoon.
Cheney led the Penmen with two hits on the afternoon while Barton, Maloof and Douillette all connected for a hit.
Southern New Hampshire concludes the season with a program best 28 wins and finishes at 28-19.