MANCHESTER, N.H. – Megan Murrell had two hits and drove in a pair of runs, but Southern New Hampshire University used three solo home runs to defeat the Saint Anselm College softball team 4-2 in a Northeast-10 Conference matchup on Friday afternoon at SNHU Softball Field.
After Saint Anselm (8-10, 6-4 NE10) swept Southern New Hampshire (16-14, 2-8 NE10) in a twin bill on Thursday at home, Murrell gave the Hawks a 2-0 lead with a two-run double in the third. The Penmen, however, scored the game's final four runs to avoid the regular-season series sweep and snap the Hawks' five-game winning streak.
Murrell was 2-for-3 with a single, double and two RBI for her fourth two-RBI performance of the season for Saint Anselm. Amanda Bickford also had two hits, going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Erin Thompson, Michaela Kane and Jordan O'Connor each had one base knock for the Hawks.
Sarah Lavallee hit two of Southern New Hampshire's three solo home runs in the game, with Hannah Neverett launching the other. Seven of the nine hitters for the Penmen had at least one hit and all nine reached base in the game.
Nicole Gubellini went the distance to pick up the win for the Penmen, scattering seven hits and three walks, while striking out six to move to 5-2 this season. Morgan Perry worked the first four innings for the Hawks, allowing two runs on six hits, before giving way to Sam Hennequin, who surrendered three hits and two runs in two innings to take the loss.
Both teams put two runners on base in the first but neither was able to capitalize. The Hawks started the scoring in the top of the third with a three-hit inning. O'Connor and Bickford started the frame with a double and single, leaving runners at the corners with nobody out. After Gubellini got a pair of comebackers to the circle, Murrell laced a two-run double to left center to put the Hawks up 2-0.
Perry kept the Penmen in check until the home half of the fourth when Southern New Hampshire tied it at 2-2. Lavallee started the inning with a long home run to left center. After a strikeout, Devan Rabidou tripled to right center and scored on a single by Erin Tyrell off the glove of a diving Kane at third base.
Lavallee and Neverett hit two-out solo home runs in the fifth and sixth to put Southern New Hampshire on top 4-2. Saint Anselm mounted a rally in the top of the seventh, loading the bases with two outs, but Gubellini induced a ground ball to second to wriggle out of trouble and end the game.
Saint Anselm is right back at it with a doubleheader at Merrimack on Saturday, April 15 at 1 and 3 p.m.