Morgan Perry has had Southern New Hampshire University’s number all season long, and that didn’t change this weekend.
After pitching seven shutout innings in Saint Anselm College’s victory over the Penmen on Friday, Perry bounced back Saturday to toss another seven scoreless frames at SNHU’s South Athletic Field in Manchester, where the Hawks were able to cruise to a 4-0 win to eliminate the Penmen from the NCAA Division II softball tournament.
Saint Anselm advances as winners of the East 1 Regional to host Long Island University-Post in next weekend’s best-of-three Super Regional. Those games will take place Friday and Saturday with times to be determined.
The week off will give Perry ample time to recuperate, though she may not need much rest thanks to an efficient 82-pitch effort that saw her throw 52 for strikes. She allowed two hits — one in the second inning and another in the fifth — while posting a five-to-two strikeout-to-walk ratio.
The Hawks cushioned Perry with two runs in the top of the first inning as three straight singles off the bats of Shannon Colson of Rochester, Maggie Murphy and Lauren Washburn loaded the bases for Jordan O’Connor. O’Connor responded with a sacrifice fly that chased in Colson and Erin Thompson of Newton drove in Murphy with a single.
Saint Anselm struck again in the fifth and sixth innings, scoring a run each. Murphy got the fifth started with a single and later came around to score on a Thompson double while Murphy chipped in an RBI-hit of her own in the sixth to plate Kylie Fitzpatrick of Danville. Overall, Murphy finished 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.
The Hawks’ clash with LIU-Post should be a good one as the two teams split the season series 1-1, with each team grabbing a 1-0 win.