Softball drops pair at undefeated NE-10 Northeast Division foe Southern New Hampshire

MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College softball team fell twice on Wednesday at Southern New Hampshire University during Northeast-10 Conference Northeast Division action at Penmen Field, 8-0 in six innings and 3-0. The Purple Knights are winless through 24 contests, including six in the division, while the Penmen are 14-8 and 5-0.

Senior Stephanie Frank (Essex, Vt./Essex) was 1-for-2 for the visitors during the opener while also taking the loss, yielding three earned runs in four innings while striking out two.

Senior Nicole Newell (Abington, Mass./South Shore Regional) was 3-for-3 with two runs, two RBIs and a double for the Penmen, while junior Morgan Farmer (Kingston, N.H./Sanborn Regional) finished 2-for-3 with two runs and a home run. Classmate Tesia Stanasek (Blackstone, Mass./Blackstone Valley Technical) also homered among her two hits. Sophomore Ali Maloof (Norwood, Mass./Norwood) tossed the one-hit shutout, striking out 11.

Stanasek's solo shot with one down in the second broke a scoreless tie before the hosts scored three additional unearned runs in the frame. Frank singled with two out in the fourth while looking to start a rally, but Maloof fanned the next hitter, and her team tacked on two runs in that inning and the sixth.

Frank singled and stole a base in the nightcap, while senior Carleen McLaughlin (Branford, Conn./Branford) was 1-for-2. First-year Jessica Niles (Chaumont, N.Y./General Brown) held Southern New Hampshire scoreless until the fourth, eventually allowing three runs in six innings, striking out five and walking one.

Junior Cara Daly (Plainville, Mass./King Philip Regional) paced Southern New Hampshire with a 2-for-3 showing, driving in two and homering, while sophomore Holly Eicher (Stoneham, Mass./Stoneham) also went deep. Junior Dolores Mattice (Schenectady, N.Y./Mohonasen) yielded two hits during the shutout, striking out seven.

In a scoreless contest, McLaughlin singled to left center with two down in the third inning before moving to second base on a wild pitch but being stranded. Frank singled with one down in the fourth and promptly stole second before the next two batters were retired, and Daly homered with two out in the home half to give Saint Anselm the lead for good. Eicher's leadoff home run in the fifth and Daly's one-out RBI double in the sixth accounted for the final two runs.

Saint Michael's hosts Merrimack College for a pair of doubleheaders this weekend, beginning with two contests that will count toward the NE-10 Northeast Division standings during a twinbill beginning at 12 p.m. on Saturday.