No. 2 NE Southern New Hampshire (36-11)
No. 4 SW New Haven (25-20)
Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 2:30 p.m.
Janet L. Ficke Field - Garden City, N.Y.
SERIES: SNHU trails, 32-13
LAST MEETING: New Haven 8, SNHU 1 (04/07/2018 at Manchester, N.H.)
SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE
Last time out: SNHU 1, Assumption College 0 (04/28/2018 at Worcester, Mass.)
Streak: Won 1
#14 Erin Garczynski – 47 G, 55-147, .374/.422/.483, 3 HR, 36 RBI, 33 R, 7 2B, 3 SB
#10 Brittany Perdigao – 47 G, 51-145, .352/.375/.379, 12 RBI, 39 R, 2 3B, 8 SB
#18 Sarah Lavallee – 46 G, 37-133, .278/.380/.564, 12 HR, 43 RBI, 20 R, 2 2B
In the Circle:
#11 Maddy Barone – 28 G, 23 GS, 16-6, 1.58 ERA, 146.0 IP, 116 H, 47 R, 33 ER, 130/28 K/BB
#18 Sarah Lavallee – 25 G, 20 GS, 16-3, 2.10 ERA, 133.1 IP, 119 H, 50 R, 40 ER, 63/19 K/BB
Notes: The Penmen earned a bye into the second round of the Northeast-10 Championship by virtue of locking up the No. 2 seed in the Northeast Division. Southern New Hampshire rolls into the postseason with wins in five of its last six outings and five-straight series wins. The Penmen offense has been led throughout the season by junior Erin Garczynski (Norwood, Mass.), who has amassed a team-high .374 batting average on 55 hits, including 10 extra-base hits and 36 RBI. Senior Sarah Lavallee (Candia, N.H.) currently sits second in the Northeast-10 Conference with 12 home runs and 43 RBI, and she also owns a 16-3 record in the circle with 10 complete games and a 2.10 ERA. The Penmen middle infield combination of senior Brittany Perdigao (Stoughton, Mass.) and freshman Shay Sauvageau (Griswold, Conn.) has been an issue all season long for opposing pitching at the top of the lineup, with the former compiling a .352 average and a team-high 39 runs scored out of the two hole, and the latter clubbing an NE10 best 15 doubles and 43 hits in the lead-off spot. In addition to Lavallee, Southern New Hampshire staff has been anchored by sophomore Maddy Barone (Halifax, Mass.), who has been one of the toughest pitchers to face in the Northeast-10 this season. Barone ranks in the top-10 in the league in every statistical category, including a conference-best 10 shutouts, the third-lowest ERA (1.58) and the fourth highest win total (16). Five Penmen were honored with All-Conference recognition on Wednesday, as Garczynski, Lavallee and Sauvageau were named to the Second Team, and Barone was joined by sophomore Jordan Wade (East Taunton, Mass.) on the Third Team.
Last time out: New Haven 5, Le Moyne College 2 (05/01/2018 at Syracuse, N.Y.)
Streak: Won 1
#14 Taylor Luzzi - 45 G, 57-155, .368/.377/.465, 17 RBI, 24 R, 9 2B, 3 3B
#25 Jovanna Hillman - 45 G, 46-139, .331/.388/.626, 10 HR 35 RBI, 20 R, 11 2B
#21 Kristine Liptack - 41 GP, 37-124, .298/.358/.403, 2 HR 24 RBI, 12 R, 7 2B
In the Circle:
#16 Megan Butts- 31 G, 25 GS, 13-11, 3.09 ERA, 161.0 IP, 180 H, 104 R, 71 ER, 74/60 K/BB
#7 Kylie Stonebraker- 25 G, 20 GS, 12-9, 3.17 ERA, 130.1 IP, 95 H, 68 R, 59 ER, 120/78 K/BB
Notes: The Chargers head into Thursday's clash with the Penmen on the heels of a 5-2 victory over Le Moyne College. New Haven, the No. 4 seed in the Southwest Division, was led on Tuesday by senior Tori Schiebe (Monroe, Conn.) and junior Taylor Luzzi (Fishkill, N.Y.), who each registered a pair of RBI against the Dolphins. Sophomores Megan Butts (West Chester, Pa.) and Kylie Stonebraker (Mechanicsville, Va.) combined to allow just one earned run in the first round matchup, with Butts hurling the first four innings and scattering four hits and surrendering an unearned run to earn the victory. Stonebraker fired the final three frames and allowed an earned run on three hits and a walk while fanning three. New Haven heads into the second round as one of the hottest teams in the Northeast-10 with wins in nine of its last 11 outings, all of which came within the confines of the Southwest Division. The Chargers and Penmen met for a cross-divisional doubleheader back on April 7 and after Southern New Hampshire took game one, 4-3, New Haven raced to an 8-1 win in game two.