#13 SNHU Softball Drops Pair Of One-Run Games To Saint Anselm

Emily Critch taking a swing with the bat.


When and Where: April 17, 2019 – Manchester, N.H. (South Athletic Fields)
Game One: Saint Anselm 2, #13 Southern New Hampshire 1
Game Two: Saint Anselm 4, #13 Southern New Hampshire 3
Records: SNHU 32-8 (16-3 NE10, 10-3 NE10 Northeast), Saint Anselm 28-8 (16-2 NE10, 12-2 NE10 Northeast)

Top Performers:
- Junior Maddy Barone (Halifax, Mass.), the Game 1 starter went the distance, allowing two runs on five hits, but fell to 16-3.
- Sophomore Shay Sauvageau (Griswold, Conn.) drove in the first game run with a single in the top of the seventh inning.
- Freshman Emily Carbonneau (Lowell, Mass.) hit her ninth home run of the season, which tied the second game at 3-3 in the sixth inning.
- Junior Jordan Wade (East Taunton, Mass.) had three hits on the day, driving in a run in the second game.

GAME ONE: Saint Anselm 2-1
- Each team had two hits in the first inning, but failed to score.  In the top of the first inning, Garczynski and Wade delivered back-to-back singles with two outs.  Then in the bottom of the frame, Shannon Colson and Maggie Murphy put together consecutive hits to start.  Barone came back to retire the next three batters - extending the string to 12 straight before the Hawks struck in the fifth.
- Abbie Murrell singled to start the fifth and the Hawks used a pinch-runner Kate Irwin.  Maddison Leite bunted her to second, and she took third on a fly by Kylie Fitzpatrick.  Catcher Bailey Cain broke the tie with a double to the center fielder, plating Irwin.  Shannon Colson then ripped a single to drive in the other Saint Anselm run.
- Winning pitcher Morgan Perry (15-5) retired 18 consecutive batters until she walked Emily Carbonneau with two outs in the top of the seventh inning.  Junior Logan Filo-Loos (Dudley, Mass.) ran for Carbonneau and  freshman Chloe Griffin (Scarborough, Maine) walked.  Shay Sauvageau delivered a single to cut the lead to 2-1, but junior Gabby Vachon (Newton, Mass.) flied to deep right field to end the game.

GAME TWO:  Saint Anselm 4-3
- The Hawks opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning.  Maggie Murphy doubled and scored from second on a groundout by Lauren Washburn for a 1-0 lead.
- Saint Anselm used a pair of hits and an SNHU error to extend the lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning.  Kylie Fitzpatrick singled, advancing to second on a bunt, and to third on a wild pitch.  The run scored when Murphy reached on an error.  Washburn followed with a single for another run.
- The Penmen drew even in the top of the sixth inning when sophomore Emily Critch (Halifax, Mass.) doubled, moved to third on a groundout, scoring on a double by Wade.  Carbonneau then ripped her home run to tie the game at 3-3.
- In the bottom of the seventh, Bailey Cain reached on an error, but was erased on a fielders choice by Shannon Colson.  Colson moved to second on a wild pitch, scoring on a single by Murphy off sophomore reliever Ali Atherton (Milford, Mass.).  Atherton took the loss, now 1-2.
- SNHU starter sophomore Olivia Strasser (Rutland, Mass.) worked 5.0 innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits.  Saint Anselm reliever McKenna Smith (W, 5-3) earned the win.

- Carbonneau's nine home runs lead the Northeast-10.
- The Penmen have dropped consecutive games for the first time since March 9-10.  
- Saint Anselm moves into first place in the NE10 Northeast Division with a 12-2 mark, SNHU is next at 10-3.
- The Hawks claim two Queen City Cup points with the regular season series win - SNHU still leads 19-17.

What's Next:
- The Penmen will return to action tomorrow (Thursday, April 18) at the SNHU Softball Field.  With the potential for rain, SNHU and Stonehill have agreed to move up Saturday's scheduled doubleheader to tomorrow.  Game times are 3/5 p.m.  The teams will complete the series on Monday at 1:30 p.m.  

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