Softball Tripped Up Against Southern Conn. In Doubleheader

J Hartman went 3-for-7 at the plate with a homerun and a double

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (March 25, 2018) – The Stonehill College softball team dropped two games to Southern Connecticut State University on Sunday with scores of 8-3 and 9-4 on Pelz Field in New Haven, Connecticut in Northeast-10 Conference play.  

Game 1: Stonehill 3 – Southern Connecticut 8

Theilgard led the team with two hits in the second game batting 2-for-3, for a .429 batting average for the weekend

For the Skyhawks, Julia Hartman (Salisbury, Massachusetts/Triton Regional) hit a game high two hits, for her 2-for-3 offensive attack at the plate, scoring one run and driving in one RBI with a solo homerun. Freshman Hannah Ricker (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) and sophomore Katherine Rayner (Milton, Vermont/Milton) each chipped in one hit, while Ricker also tallied an RBI.

Southern Connecticut got ahead early in the game with a 5-0 lead, scoring one run off one hit in the bottom of the second and four runs off three and two errors in the bottom of the fourth.

The Skyhawks couldn't tally one hit off the Owls' Jazmyn Martinez until J Hartman launched her second-career homerun over the left field fence cutting the deficit to four, 5-1, in the top of the fifth inning. Stonehill's defense was not able to halt Southern Connecticut's offense as another two runs came across the plate in the bottom of the frame, 7-1.

With another run in the bottom of the sixth, the Owls extended its lead to seven, 8-1, but the Skyhawks were able to string together three hits and two runs to cut the lead to five, 8-3. With two outs, Olivia Peterson (Westford, Massachusetts/Westford Academy) reached first on an error, advancing Genna Hartman (East Granby, Connecticut/East Granby) to third. Ricker drove in G Hartman from third, and Rayner followed with her own single to get the bases loaded for the Skyhawks. Carly Rennie (Chelmsford, Massachusetts/Chelmsford) was then hit by a pitch to get the final run for Stonehill, before the Owls' Madison Feshler struck out the final batter.

Game 2: Stonehill 4 – Southern Connecticut 9

Stonehill saw Michelle Theilgard (North Branford, Connecticut/Mercy) go 2-for-3 at the plate with one run scored, a double and a walk, while Ricker, Caroline Casey (East Moriches, New York/Center Moriches), J Hartman, Sophie Perez (Bridgewater, Massachusetts/Bridgewater-Raynham Regional), and Peterson each registered one hit in the seven-hit game for the Skyhawks.

Ricker went 2-for-7 with a run scored and an RBI 

The Owls once again got on board quickly, securing another five-run lead, but this time within the first two innings, 5-0. The Skyhawks got the bats going quicker than last and tallied two hits in the top of the second but were left leaving two on base.

Stonehill's defense stopped Southern Connecticut's offense in the bottom of the third with a one-two-three-inning, giving the Skyhawks momentum to cut the deficit to four, 5-1, with a single through the left side from Perez with two outs to drive in Theilgard from third.

The Owls once again persisted to score three more runs in the bottom of the frame off two hits including a RBI single and a tally from third off an error, 8-1.

With two errors in the fifth inning, Stonehill capitalized on Southern Connecticut's mistakes and recorded two runs from one hit. Peterson lead off with a walk and Ricker singled to get Rayner up to bat, who reached on an error which advanced all runners to bring in Peterson from third, 8-2. One out later, Casey reached on a fielder's choice and Ricker scored on a throwing error by the Owls, 8-3.

The Owls and Skyhawks each picked up one more run a piece, in the bottom of the sixth and top of the seventh, respectively, as Southern Connecticut took its third-straight victory, 9-4.

Stonehill (2-12, 1-3 NE10) is scheduled to battle Assumption College in a single game on Tuesday, March 27 on Marois Field in Worcester, Massachusetts with a first pitch at 3:30 p.m.

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