No. 22 Southern New Hampshire sweeps Molloy.
Game 1: SNHU 2 Molloy 1
Junior Maddy Barone (Halifax, Mass.) pitched her second consecutive three-hitter in a 2-1 win. She came within one out of her second shutout in three days, but the Lions pushed a run across with two outs in the top of the seventh. Barone finished with nine strikeouts, she did not walk a batter, improving to 4-1 in her seven starts.
Both runs for the Penmen scored in the bottom of the fourth inning. With Barone on base after a fielder's choice, junior Erin Tyrrell (Milford, N.H.) singled. Freshman Chloe Griffin (Scarborough, Maine) singled to make it 1-0, and freshman Jenna McDonough (Abington, Mass.) followed with another single for the other run.
Game 2: SNHU 5 Molloy 1
Freshman Emily Carbonneau (Lowell, Mass.) homered to center field in the top of the first inning of the second game to put the Penmen up 2-0. The blast, her third of the season, plated senior Erin Garczynski (Norwood, Mass.), who had singled.
Critch started the top of the fourth inning with a single, advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt by junior Logan Filo-Loos (Dudley, Mass.). Sophomore Jackie Gavin (Laconia, N.H.) singled, moving Critch to third base. Junior Gabriella Vachon (Newton, Mass.) then ripped a three-run homer to give SNHU a 5-0 lead.
Chloe Griffin (1-0) pitched a complete-game in her second start of the Florida trip. She allowed nine hits, did not walk a batter and struck out three. The only Lion run of the game was a home run by second baseman Kaitlyn Snyder in the bottom of the fifth inning.
- Southern New Hampshire stands at 5-3 on the Florida trip.
- Vachon leads the Penmen with four home runs and 12 RBI.
- Garczynski is hitting .458 after a 5-for-7 day at the plate. She is now 22-for-48 on the season.
- Barone lowered her ERA to 1.71 and has 39 strikeouts in 49 innings pitched.
- The Penmen have hit 15 home runs this season and allowed only three.
The Penmen will take Thursday off, returning to the diamond on Friday at 9:15 am to play a doubleheader with West Chester University. The Florida swing concludes with two games on Saturday.
The first scheduled home game for the Penmen will be Sunday, March 24, with a doubleheader against Queens College.
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