ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y.—The Molloy College softball team snapped an eight-game winning streak for the Penmen of Southern New Hampshire University by downing the Penmen 3-1 in the first game of a non-conference doubleheader on Saturday afternoon before posting a 7-2 win in the nightcap to complete the sweep. With the losses, the visiting Penmen fall to 9-5 on the season, while the wins boost the Lions to 14-5.
The Penmen scored first in the first game of the day as Tesia Stanasek (Blackstone, Mass.) started off the top of second inning with a single to left field. She would advance to second as Cara Daly (Plainville, Mass.) reached on a walk. With two runners on base, Kate Stanley (Kingston, Mass.) doubled down the left field line and scored Stanasek. A strikeout and a ground out would end the inning for the Penmen with two runners stranded.
The Lions would answer in the bottom of the second inning as leadoff batter Josette Cavallaro walked and advanced to second and then to third on back-to-back sacrifice bunts by Lauren Alexander and Megan Hutnick. The next batter, Jeana Frey, was hit by a pitch, putting runners on the corners for Molloy. Butterworth then singled through the right side and scored Cavallaro, evening the score at 1-1.
Molloy would also tack on single runs in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings to take the 3-1 lead.
Molloy pitcher Kelley Jansen allowed the Penmen just three hits in the complete-game effort, tossing nine strikeouts while walking two batters. Dolores Mattice (Schenectady, N.Y.) went the distance in the circle for SNHU and scattered nine hits and four walks while striking out five. Cristy Jenkins (Hudson, Mass.) connected for the third Penmen hit, a double, in the top of the sixth inning.
In the nightcap, the Penmen took a 2-0 lead off a two-run homerun by Kelsea Cheney (Abington, Mass.) in the top of the first inning. Jenkins also scored on the play after reaching on a walk.
Molloy would respond with seven unanswered runs, tallying one in the bottom of the first inning, one run in the third, three runs in the fifth and two in the sixth. Lead-off batter Frey finished 3-3 at the plate and scored three runs, while Catalano finished 2-2 with two runs scored.
Molloy pitcher Megan Butterworth scattered four hits and three walks while striking out six on the afternoon. Ali Maloof (Norwood, Mass.) took the loss in the circle for the Penmen, scattering 12 hits and six earned runs while walking one and striking out five.
Cheney finished with two hits for the Penmen in game two, while Maloof and Daly both finished with a hit.
Southern New Hampshire returns to action tomorrow when they take on the Pioneers of C.W. Post in a non-conference doubleheader beginning at 12:00 p.m.