NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College softball team suffered its first sweep of the season on Sunday afternoon as it dropped a pair of Northeast-10 Conference cross-divisional games to New Haven, falling in both contests by just one run at Warrior Softball Diamond.
Score (G1): New Haven 8, Merrimack 7
Score (G2): New Haven 2, Merrimack 1
Records: Merrimack (18-8, 5-3 NE10) | New Haven (20-7, 9-2 NE10)
Location: Warrior Softball Diamond | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened (G1)
- 2nd inning – In an impressive display of power from Merrimack cross-divisional foe, New Haven would score seven of their eight runs in game one on home runs. That would start in the top of the second inning with the Chargers taking the first lead of the game at 1-0 on a solo homer.
- 2nd inning – Merrimack would answer promptly in the bottom of the inning, grinding out two runs on three hits, including a two-out RBI single from senior Mariah Tenney (Winchendon, Mass.) to put the Warriors up 2-1 after two innings.
- 3rd inning – The scoring would continue in the third inning, as New Haven would even the game back up at 2-2 on its second solo home run in as many innings. But again, the Warriors would answer in the bottom of the frame, as senior captain Samantha Waskowitz (Killingworth, Conn.) would single then steal second to put a runner in scoring position. Waskowitz would be driven home on a two-out RBI single from sophomore Caitlin McBride (Danvers, Mass.) again taking a one-run lead at 3-2.
- 4th inning – After a 1-2-3 inning for New Haven at the plate in the fourth, Merrimack would again put up runs on the board. The senior captain would come through in the fourth frame as Waskowitz would rip and RBI double, then would be scored on an RBI single from Haley Currie (Burlington, Mass.) to extend the lead to 5-2.
- 5th/6th inning – New Haven would get a run back in the fifth on two hits and an RBI single to cut the lead to 5-3. Merrimack then saw the Chargers add their third home run of the game in the sixth, as a two-run shot would put New Haven back even with the Warriors at 5-5.
- 6th inning - The Warriors would once again quickly strike to retake a lead in the bottom of the sixth. Currie would again help her own cause, knocking in a run with an RBI single, followed by an RBI single from junior Alyssa Williamson (Scarborough, Maine) to give Merrimack a 7-5 lead heading to the final inning.
- 7th inning – Going back to the power that had been effective for them all game, the Chargers would deliver their most damaging homer of the game in their final at bat as New Haven would go back up in front on a go-ahead three-run long shot, putting the score at 8-7 Chargers. Merrimack would manage to get the tying run on third in the seventh, but that would be the last base it reached..
How It Happened (G2)
- 3rd inning – Game two featured more of a pitcher's duel with junior Megan Cook (Bellingham, Mass.) dealing on the mound for the Warriors, as the teams would combine for just six hits in the game after seeing 21 in game one. The first hit of the game wouldn't come until the third inning, and it would be responsible for the first run of the game on an RBI double for New Haven to take the first lead of the game.
- 4th inning – Merrimack's first hit and run would also come in the same inning as the Warriors would manage to tie the score at 1-1 after four. Freshman Tiffany Mangiameli (Middlefield, Conn.) would post the hit for Merrimack with a leadoff single, then after advancing to third would also score Merrimack's lone run of the game on heads up base-running. After Williamson fouled out to the catcher, Mangiameli quickly recognized that no one was covering home and dashed in to tie the game.
- 6th inning –After a hitless fifth on both sides, New Haven would add another run and take a 2-1 lead with some help of a pair of miscues in the field for Merrimack. With a Charger reaching on an error with two outs, a baserunner on second would be able to capitalize on the error and score to go ahead 2-1, but the Warriors would escape the inning with no more harm on the same play.
- 7th inning – Following be held to just one hit in the sixth, the Warriors chances came down to their final at bat in the seventh. Though Merrimack would be able to get a leadoff walk all the way to third base, like in game one the Warriors would strand the tying run on third, dropping the second game of the day.
Inside The Numbers
- Williamson has been beyond impressive at the plate for Merrimack this season through 26 games. After going 3-for-5 at the plate Sunday afternoon, she now ranks third in the NE10 among players with at least 15 games played this season with a .418 batting average
- Despite taking the loss, Cook delivered with yet another solid performance on Sunday in game two, allowing just one earned run in a complete game. She now ranks third in the NE10 this season with a astounding 1.59 ERA in 70.1 innings, and is tied for eighth in strikeouts with 44.
The Warriors will host Bentley Tuesday for a single NE10 divisional game at 3:00 p.m.