PREVIEW: Softball Set for Thursday's NCAA Regional Opener with Pace

No. 3 Southern New Hampshire (37-12)
vs.
No. 6 Pace (27-20)
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 2:30 p.m.
South Athletic Fields - Manchester, N.H.

 

Schedule/Results
Roster
Statistics
Schedule/Results
Roster
Statistics

 

SERIES: SNHU trails, 16-15
LAST MEETING: SNHU 5, Pace 1 (05/04/2017 at North Andover, Mass.)

SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE
Last time out: Adelphi 5, SNHU 4 (8 innings)(05/04/2018 at Garden City, N.Y.)
Streak: Lost 1
Offensive Leaders:
#14 Erin Garczynski – 49 G, 60-154, .390/.438/.519, 4 HR, 37 RBI, 36 R, 8 2B, 3 SB
#10 Brittany Perdigao – 49 G, 54-153, .353/.375/.379, 12 RBI, 41 R, 2 3B, 8 SB
#18 Sarah Lavallee – 48 G, 39-138, .283/.392/.572, 12 HR, 44 RBI, 21 R, 2 2B
In the Circle:
#11 Maddy Barone – 30 G, 25 GS, 17-7, 1.70 ERA, 160.2 IP, 132 H, 54 R, 39 ER, 137/29 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 make a return to the NCAA Division II East Regional for the fourth time in five seasons, and fifth in program history, on Thursday when they square off with Pace University at 2:30 p.m. Southern New Hampshire has posted a region-high 37 wins thus far and is coming off its sixth consecutive Northeast-10 Conference Championship semifinal appearance on Friday. SNHU toppled the University of New Haven, 6-2, in the NE10 Championship second round before being outlasted by Adelphi University, 5-4, in eight innings in the semis. The Penmen offense has been led this season by junior Erin Garczynski (Norwood, Mass.), and seniors Brittany Perdigao (Stoughton, Mass.) and Sarah Lavallee (Candia, N.H.). Garczynski, a Second Team All-NE10 honoree, is hitting a team-high .390 with four homers, 37 RBI and 36 runs scored. She has rapped out 60 hits and is reaching base at a .438 clip with a .519 slugging percentage. Perdigao checks in behind Garczynski with a .353 average on 54 hits to go along with a team-best 41 runs scored and eight stolen bases. Lavallee, who was recently named an NFCA First Team All-Region selection, has belted a dozen homers and knocked in 44 runs to lead SNHU in both categories, while also finishing second in the NE10. Lavallee has also racked up 16 wins in the circle for the Penmen and tossed 133.1 innings as part of a staff that has been anchored by sophomore Maddy Barone (Halifax, Mass.). Barone was a Third Team All-NE10 choice after going 17-7 with 17 complete-games, 137 strikeouts and a 1.70 ERA in 160.2 innings of work. 


PACE
Last time out: Adelphi 3, Pace 0 (05/05/2018 at Garden City, N.Y.)
Streak: Lost 1
Offensive Leaders:
#42 Larissa Labs - 47 G, 56-150, .373/.414/.527, 20 RBI, 24 R, 9 2B, 7 3B
#8 Niyah Brown - 43 G, 42-115, .365/.411/.600, 4 HR 32 RBI, 24 R, 7 2B, 4 3B
#1 Jordan Chillinsky - 42 GP, 34-106, .321/.397/.406, 10 RBI, 14 R, 7 2B, 1 3B
In the Circle:
#45 Emma Bernet - 28 G, 21 GS, 15-6, 1.14 ERA, 153.1 IP, 115 H, 34 R, 25 ER, 93/30 K/BB
#21 Jaclyn Flores - 17 G, 16 GS, 8-7, 4.41 ERA, 81.0 IP, 88 H, 62 R, 51 ER, 37/52 K/BB

Notes: The Setters head into Thursday's regional tilt after winning 11 of their final 12 games en route to an at-large berth. Pace closed the regular season with nine consecutive victories before adding a pair in the NE10 Championship to advance to the title game, where it eventually fell to Adelphi University. The Setters are the lone team in the NCAA East Regional without 30 wins, and will square off with the Penmen for the fourth-straight postseason. After Southern New Hampshire knocked Pace out of the NE10 Championship in 2015, the Setters returned the favor in 2016 in the Championship title game before SNHU scored a second round win a season ago. Pace has benefitted from one of the region's top pitchers in sophomore Emma Bernet (Baldwinsville, N.Y.), who was named an All-NE10 First Teamer after posting a league-low 1.14 ERA. Seniors Larissa Labs (Carlsbad, Calif.), Jordan Chillinksy (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Ashley Lew (New City, N.Y.) have shouldered the offensive load for the Setters through the first 47 games of the year, as Labs earned both Second Team All-NE10 and NFCA recognition while Chillinsky was a Third Team All-Conference performer. Lew has come alive as of late, and was named to the All-Championship team after turning in a perfect 5-for-5 effort in the Setters' first two NE10 Championship wins.