NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Highlighted by a pair of two-home run games from senior captain Haley Currie (Burlington, Mass.) and sophomore Caitlin McBride (Danvers, Mass.), the Merrimack College softball team split a doubleheader with Saint Anselm on Saturday, with the loss in game two of the twinbill being the Warriors' first Northeast-10 Conference Northeast Divisional loss of the season.
Score (G1): Merrimack 8, Saint Anselm 4
Score (G2): Saint Anselm 10, Merrimack 6
Records: Merrimack (22-11, 9-4 NE10) | Saint Anselm (9-11, 7-5 NE10)
Location: Warrior Softball Diamond| North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened (G1)
- 2nd inning – Saint Anselm would hop out to the first lead of the day in game one on Saturday, stringing together three singles in the top of the second inning, with the third knocking home the lead base runner for a 1-0 lead. Merrimack would respond in the bottom of the frame thanks to the first of two home runs in the game from Currie, a solo shot that tied the game at 1-1 after two.
- 3rd inning – Saint Anselm would bounce back with three runs in the top of the third inning to retake a lead. The first run was allowed to score on an illegal pitch following a leadoff triple, with a walk and a single following up to put two runners on. A single up the middle from the Hawks would allow both runners to score, extending their lead to 4-1 after 2.5 innings.
- 3rd inning – Merrimack would respond to Saint Anselm's three-run frame in a big way in the bottom of the inning. A pair of singles and a stolen base to start the inning would put two in scoring position, and a sac fly from senior captain Samantha Waskowitz (Killingworth, Conn.) would bring the first run of the inning in. An RBI-double from McBride would follow and a three-run homer from Currie, her second of the game in as many at bats, would cap off a five-run inning for the Warriors, putting them up 6-4.
- 5th inning – The Warriors would add some insurance runs in the fifth inning, with Waskowitz registering an RBI double to stretch the lead to three, then scoring on a sacrifice fly from McBride to put the Warriors up by four runs with just two innings to play.
- 7th inning – Following the Hawks getting all of their runs in the game in the second and third innings, junior Megan Cook (Bellingham, Mass.) would buckle down on the mound for Merrimack as she allowed just one hit to Saint Anselm in the final four innings of the contest, sealing an 8-4 conference win.
How It Happened (G2)
- 1st inning – Merrimack saw Saint Anselm hop out to a hefty five-run lead in game two before the Warriors even stepped to the plate, as five runs on three hits for the Hawks including a three-run home run in their first at bat would put Saint Anselm ahead 5-0 after just half an inning
- 2nd inning – Saint Anselm would extend their lead to 6-0 in the top of the second inning on three straight singles, with the third driving in the lead runner. Merrimack would find some life in the bottom of the inning, kicked off by the first-career home run for sophomore Nicole Nanof (Goffstown, N.H.) coming with two outs after the first five straight Merrimack batters had been retired. The Warriors would rally with two outs, recording five hits and three runs, finishing off with an RBI single from Waskowitz to make it 6-3 after two innings.
- 3rd-4th inning –The Warriors would get another run back in the third inning on the first of two solo home runs in the game for McBride, as she would go deep with one out to put the score at 6-4. Saint Anselm would promptly respond in the top of the fourth, scoring four runs on four hits including a two-run long ball to extend their lead to a steep 10-4 after four innings.
- 5th inning – The Navy and Gold would see their deficit cut to five runs in the fifth inning as sophomore Emily Kurkul (Bridgewater, Mass.) would drive in her second run of the season with a one-out RBI single, but it would be the only run Merrimack would manage in the inning,
- 7th inning – McBride would try to get a Merrimack rally started in their final at bat in the bottom of the seventh inning, as the sophomore would leadoff the frame with her second solo home run of the game to bring the Warriors within four runs with three outs remaining. Merrimack would push late but ultimately fell by a score of 10-6 in game two.
Inside The Numbers
- G1: WP – Cook (7-4) 7.0 IP, 9H, 3ER, 4K
- Currie registered the first multi-home run game of her career in Merrimack's win over Saint Anselm Saturday, finishing with two homers and four RBI in the game. McBride also achieved tht same feat in game two of the day for her two-homer game. They are also the second and third multi—home run games for a Warrior this season as Kaleigh Finigan (Medford, Mass.) also recorded a two-home run game of her own earlier this year.
- Merrimack showed some power at the plate on Saturday afternoon, hitting five home runs across a pair of games. Prior to Saturday's contests the Warriors had just nine long balls all season.
The Warriors conclude their three-game season and weekend series with the Hawks on Monday in a single contest at 1:00 p.m.