Southern New Hampshire's Ali Maloof throws second no-hitter of career
CLERMONT, Fla. -- Southern New Hampshire won two more games in Florida on Monday morning. SNHU beat Georgian Court by a score of 12-5 in five innings, and then Ali Maloof threw a no-hitter to lead SNHU to victory against Holy Family by a score of 1-0. The Penmen are now 5-1 overall.
In the first game of the day, after a quiet first two innings, SNHU was able to get on board in the third. In the top of the inning, Maloof got on base with a single through the right side, and advanced to third on a Holly Eicher double. Tesia Stanasek followed with a fielder's choice to score Maloof, and earn an RBI. Stanasek then stole second, causing a Lions' error, and Eicher was able to make it home to boost the lead to 2-0. The scoring did not stop there, as Mo Hannan and Lindsey Bolduc had back-to-back singles to move Stanasek around the bases, and Morgan Farmer followed with a home run to right center to score three more runs, and make it 6-0. Cara Daly finished off the scoring with an RBI double to make it 7-0.
The Lions answered in the bottom of the inning scoring two runs with two outs to cut the deficit to five runs, but SNHU scored multiple runs in the next two innings to run away with the game.
In the top of the fourth, Farmer upped her RBI total to five with a double to left field scoring Bolduc and Hannan, and in the fifth inning the Penmen scored three more runs.
With two outs in the fifth, Eicher was able to make it to first base on a wild pitch after striking out swinging, and Stanasek was hit by a pitch to advance Eicher, and to get on base. Hannan followed reaching first on an error to load the bases, and a Bolduc single to left center scored one run, and kept the bases full. Farmer added another RBI when she walked to score Stanasek, and Erin Morrissey also walked to score Hannan for the third run of the frame, and to make the score 12-5 after five.
Dolores Mattice pitched five innings allowing five hits, two runs, and striking out six.
In the second game of the day, sophomore Maloof denied Holy Family of a hit, and aided the Penmen to a 1-0 win. She also went 2-for-3 at the plate, scoring the lone run in the win.
The no-hitter marks her second in her career at SNHU. The first one came in Maloof's freshman campaign when she threw a perfect game in a 10-0 win against Saint Rose in five innings. She also notched a one-hitter that season, and gave up two hits last season once.
A scoreless game until the fifth inning, Maloof led off with a bunt to third base to get on, and Eicher reached on an error to put her in scoring position. Hannan followed with a walk to load the bases, and Bolduc drove in Maloof with an RBI single to center field to get the Penmen on the board.
Southern New Hampshire put away Holy Family in the next two innings en route to the win.
Maloof recorded four strikeouts in the no-hitter, while Holy Family gave up four hits.