Adelphi Outlasts Softball in NE10 Semis, 5-4

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When and Where: May 4, 2018 – Garden City, N.Y. (Janet L. Ficke Field)
Score: Adelphi University 5, Southern New Hampshire University 4 (8 innings)
Records: SNHU 37-12, Adelphi 29-19-1

Junior Erin Garczynski (Norwood, Mass.) turned in a 2-for-3 performance with a walk and a run scored, but the Southern New Hampshire University softball team fell to Adelphi University in the Northeast-10 Championship semifinals, 5-4, in eight innings on Friday.

Freshman Shay Sauvageau (Griswold, Conn.) added two hits in five trips to the plate while senior Brittany Perdigao (Stoughton, Mass.) also went 2-for-5 in the setback. Sophomore Maddy Barone (Halifax, Mass.) was saddled with the loss after hurling 7.2 innings and allowing four earned runs on nine hits with four strikeouts. 

After a scoreless first inning, the Penmen jumped out to a 3-0 lead with a single run in the second followed by a pair in the third. Freshman Emily Critch (Halifax, Mass.) reached on an error to lead off the second before moving up to third on a Barone double. Sophomore Jordan Wade (East Taunton, Mass.) followed with an infield single that plated Critch with the game's first run. Southern New Hampshire loaded the bases with nobody out in the third as Perdigao singled before Garczynski and senior Sarah Lavallee (Candia, N.H.) each drew free passes. Critch stepped in next and connected on a sacrifice fly to double the advantage, and two batters later, a wild pitch allowed Garczynski to scamper home and make it 3-0.

Kailah Konkel brought the Panthers right back into the ballgame in the home half of the fourth when she sent a two-run shot over the wall in left to trim the Southern New Hampshire lead to a single run, and Adelphi jumped ahead after tacking on an additional two runs in the fifth. Krista King reached on an infield single before moving up to second on a groundout. Brenna Martini followed with an RBI single to right that tied the game, and Nicole Camera put the hosts ahead when she doubled the ensuing pitch into the right-centerfield gap.

The Penmen would not go quietly, however, and answered back in the next half inning. Freshman Amanda Mendillo (Milford, Conn.) legged out an infield single with one away before senior Katie Horiuchi (Livingston, N.J.) sacrificed freshman pinch runner Jackie Gavin (Laconia, N.H.) into scoring position. Sauvageau followed with an infield single of her own, and as the Panthers attempted to throw her out at first, Gavin hit third and continued home to score the tying run.

The score remained unchanged through the seventh and into the bottom of the eighth before Adelphi pushed across the winning run. Camera reached on a fielder's choice before stealing second. Two batters later, Konkel reached on an infield single, and in similar fashion to Gavin, Camera came around to score and propelled the Panthers to the 5-4 triumph. 

Konkel finished the afternoon 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored, while Krista King added three hits for the Panthers. Jessica Vadala earned the win after she tossed 5.1 innings of one-run relief in which she scattered five hits, walked two and struck out one.

Notes:
- Each team totaled nine hits in the contest, and SNHU committed just one error compared to two by Adelphi.
- Friday marked the sixth postseason meeting between to the institutions in four seasons. After Southern New Hampshire captured the 2015 Northeast-10 Championship with a 6-0 win over the Panthers, Adelphi has won five-straight, including four NCAA Super Regional matchups.
- Perdigao's two-hit day upped her career total to 177, which is tied for second-most in program history with Kelsea Cheney '13.

What's Next:
Southern New Hampshire will await word on whether it has qualified for an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament during the Division II Softball Selection Show, which is slated for Monday (May 8) at 10 a.m.

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