Chargers Sweep St. Anselm and Grab Two Conference Wins

The Charger Bulletin

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The University of New Haven softball team swept the St. Anselm College Hawks Sunday afternoon. The Chargers won game one 6-0 and took the second game 5-3. The Chargers improve to 13-9 overall and 6-4 in the Northeast-10 Conference (NE-10), while the Hawks fall to 11-12-1 overall 3-4-1 in conference play.

Game One

New Haven got on the board early as Jessica Medina’s single drove in Nicole Downs from second base to put the Chargers ahead 1-0 in the 1st inning. Downs also came around to score as part of a three-run second inning on a RBI single by Meghan Walter.

With a 4-0 lead in the 3rd, New Haven tacked on one more run as Amy Nepi drove in Courtney Garland who had tripled earlier in the inning to give the team a 5-0 lead.
In the 7th inning, the Chargers added an insurance run as Garland doubled, bringing Jordie Borska home all the way from first base.

Breanna Gleason had an excellent game on the mound, pitching 7.0 scoreless innings with 13 strikeouts and just four hits allowed. Garland went 4-for-4 at the plate with a triple, double, two runs scored and an RBI, while Downs was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI.

Game Two

New Haven fell behind early as St. Anselm scored one run in each of the first three innings to go ahead 3-0, but in the 5th inning, the Chargers scored three runs to tie the score.

In the 7th, the Nepi started the inning with a double and advanced to third on a wild pitch. After Chelsea Harold walked and stole second, the Chargers had two runners in scoring position with nobody out. Downs hit a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Nepi and putting New Haven ahead, 4-3, but Harold was also thrown out on the play trying to advance. The Chargers tacked on one more as Medina singled to right field, bringing home Katie Bannon from second base who was pinch running for Walter and giving the team a 5-3 lead.

Downs went a perfect 2-for-2 for the second time in as many games and also tallied an RBI and run scored. Walter had two hits and one RBI while Nepi was 1-for-2 with two runs scored.

Gleason picked up her 13th victory of the season after coming in relief in the 4th inning. She struck out four of the 12 batters she faced and allowed just one hit.
The Chargers return to action on Tuesday, April 7 when they play a home doubleheader against C.W. Post beginning at 3:00 p.m.