When and Where: April 8, 2016 – Manchester, N.H. (SNHU Softball Field)
Scores: Game One: Saint Michael's College 4, No. 25 Southern New Hampshire University 2 | Game Two: No. 25 Southern New Hampshire University 12, Saint Michael's College 3 (5 innings)
Records: SNHU 15-6 (7-2 Northeast-10), SMC 3-17 (2-8 Northeast-10)
Senior Mo Hannan (Scarborough, Maine) and sophomore Brittany Perdigao (Stoughton, Mass.) collected four hits apiece, and junior Nicole Gubellini (Salem, N.H.) allowed just two earned runs in 9.2 innings as No. 25 Southern New Hampshire University split a Northeast-10 Conference softball doubleheader with Saint Michael's College on Friday night at the SNHU Softball Field. The Penmen dropped the opener, 4-2, before taking game two in five innings by a score of 12-3.
Hannan finished the night 4-for-8 with a pair of doubles, four RBI and two runs scored. Perdigao drove in three runs as part of a 4-for-7 performance that also featured a triple and a run scored.
After striking out seven and surrendering three hits in 4.2 innings of relief during game one, Gubellini improved to 5-3 with a complete game, three-strikeout effort in the finale, that concluded with three perfect frames.
After its offense sputtered in the lid lifter, Southern New Hampshire jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first of the second game. Freshman Erin Garczynski (Norwood, Mass.) reached on a fielder's choice with one away in the second to bring up senior Katie Caruso (Newton, Mass.) with two down and a runner on first. Caruso plated both runs with one swing, as she tagged a 1-1 pitch over the wall in straight-away center to give the Penmen, who were the visiting team in game two, a two-run edge.
Saint Michael's knotted up the score in the home half of the frame, and took a one-run lead through two innings of play. Danielle Barbato was the beneficiary of a bases loaded error that allowed the Purple Knights to cut the lead in half before Judith Barcavage drew a walk two batters later to push across the second run. Fallon Tierney drove in the go-ahead run in the second with a single down the line in left that brought in Christina Brazeau, making it 3-2 after two complete.
Neither side was able to generate any offense until the top half of the fifth, when Southern New Hampshire scored 10 times and sent 15 batters to the plate. Hannan singled to lead things off before senior Lindsey Bolduc (Londonderry, N.H.) and Caruso both reached on errors to fill the bases for Perdigao. A groundball off her bat was fielded cleanly, but the attempt to cut down Hannan was unsuccessful and evened the score at three with one out. Junior Erin Morrissey (Commack, N.Y.) followed with a base hit to right to drive in Bolduc before classmate Jessica Torsiello (Morris Plains, N.J.) was hit by a pitch to make it 4-3.
After Gubellini helped her own cause with a sacrifice fly, sophomore Katie Horiuchi (Livingston, N.J.) connected on a base knock through the left side to reload the bases for Hannan. She cleared the bags with a double to the gap in left center on the very next pitch and scored two batters later on an RBI single by junior Devan Rabidou (Ashland, Mass.). The third Saint Michael's error of the inning put a Penmen on each base with two outs before Perdigao cracked a two-run single to right to cap the game's scoring.
Hannan and Perdigao each went 3-for-4 with three RBI in the nightcap, while Caruso (2), Morrissey, Torsiello, Gubellini and Rabidou each drove in at least one.
In Friday's first game, the Purple Knights used a pair of home runs and a strong pitching performance from Danielle Brown to stifle Southern New Hampshire. Saint Michael's staked itself to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first when Caroline Staples connected on a two-run shot to left. After an RBI single by Tierney in the third made it 3-0, Barbato took the first pitch of the sixth up and out to left for a solo shot that extended the advantage to four.
The Penmen attempted to stage a late comeback, as they tacked on runs in both the sixth and seventh innings. Bolduc homered in the sixth to trim the deficit back to three before Hannan smacked a run-scoring double to center in the seventh. It would prove to be too little too late, however, as Brown was able to work out of a jam in the seventh to secure the victory.
Brown scattered six hits and surrendered just one earned run while striking out five in the complete game effort. Sophomore Sarah Lavallee (Candia, N.H.) suffered the setback in the circle for Southern New Hampshire after going 2.1 innings and allowing three runs on five hits and striking out three.
- The Penmen were the home team in game one before serving as visitors in game two after the games were moved from Colchester, Vermont to Manchester. Monday's contest between the two teams will now be moved to Saint Michael's College to complete the three-game season series.
- Caruso extended her personal hitting streak to nine-straight games, while Bolduc upped hers to five.
Southern New Hampshire welcomes Assumption College to the SNHU Softball Field for a Saturday afternoon doubleheader slated to begin at noon and 2 p.m. Despite hosting the games, the Penmen will be the visiting team in both contests as it is the make up of Thursday's twinbill that was washed out in Worcester, Massachusetts.
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