The Southern New Hampshire University softball team rebounded from its loss to host Saint Anselm College with a shutout win over Georgian Court at South Athletic Fields in Goffstown on Friday to earn a rematch with the rival Hawks in the NCAA Division II East Region 1 final Saturday.
The Hawks (39-8) and SNHU play again Saturday at 12:30 p.m. If top-seeded Saint Anselm wins, it will capture its second consecutive East Region 1 title. If the fifth-seeded Penmen (38-14) win, they will force a tournament-deciding championship game at 3 p.m.
The Penmen’s Friday began with a 5-0 loss to the rival Hawks and they finished with a 7-0 victory over Georgian Court.
No. 20 Saint Anselm won its 14th straight game behind Morgan Perry’s six-hitter in the circle. Perry allowed three walks and struck out six SNHU batters.
The Hawks struck for all of the game’s five runs in the sixth inning. Saint Anselm’s Kat Stackrow went 2-for-2 with a two-RBI single in the sixth frame. Teammate Kylie Fitzpatrick, a freshman from Danville, hit a three-run home run later in the inning.
Maddy Barone pitched SNHU to its win over Georgian Court with a two-hit performance. The junior righty allowed two walks and struck out two.
Emily Critch hit two home runs — a solo shot and three-run bomb — and Shay Sauvageau hit a two-run home run for the Penmen in the win. SNHU’s Erin Tyrell, a junior from Milford, opened the game’s scoring with a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning.
Sauvageau finished with four hits on the day, logging two in each contest.