NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – While also picking up the victory on the mound for the Warriors, senior captain Haley Currie (Burlington, Mass.) of the Merrimack College softball team hit a two-out, walk-off solo home run in extra innings to lift Merrimack to 3-2 win over Saint Anselm in eight innings, sealing the season-series victory for the Warriors over the Northeast-10 Conference Northeast Divisional foe.
Score (8 inn.): Merrimack 3, Saint Anselm 2
Records: Merrimack (23-11, 10-4 NE10) | Saint Anselm (9-12, 7-6 NE10)
Location: Warrior Softball Diamond| North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened (G1)
- 1st inning –Junior Megan Cook (Bellingham, Mass.) would start the game on the mound for Merrimack Monday afternoon and would be tasked with getting out of trouble early on. Cook would do just that for Merrimack, escaping a bases-loaded jam in the first inning to keep the game scoreless.
- 1st inning – The Warriors would plate the first run of the game in the bottom of the opening inning, initiated by a one-out double from senior captain Samantha Waskowitz(Killingworth, Conn.). After a pass ball allowed Waskowitz to advance to third, her co-captain in Currie would pick up her first of two crucial RBIs in the game, laying down a sacrifice bunt to score Waskowitz and give Merrimack a 1-0 lead after one.
- 2nd-5th inning – Cook would be lights out on the mound in the second-fifth innings, as the junior would hold Saint Anselm hitless in that four-inning stretch. The Warriors would make a bit more noise at the plate in that span, putting four runners on but leaving them stranded before the first home run of the season for Waskowitz on a solo long shot in the bottom of the fifth extended the Warriors lead to 2-0.
- 6th inning – The Hawks would get their first and all of their offensive production in the top of the sixth inning, getting two runs on the first two hits Cook allowed since the first inning. A leadoff solo home run would put the score at 2-1, followed by a two-out solo shot later in the inning that would tie the game up at 2-2 after 5.5 innings.
- 6th-8th inning – Currie would take the hill in the sixth inning, allowing two hits to Saint Anselm but not allowing any more runs to the Hawks to keep the score tied. Currie would proceed to hold Saint Anselm without a hit in the seventh and eighth inning before stepping to the plate in the bottom of the eighth with two outs and hitting a walk-off bomb to left field for the NE10 divisional victory.
Inside The Numbers
- G1: WP – Currie (10-3) 2.1 IP, 2H, 0R, K | SP: Cook – 5.2 IP, 3H, 2R, 4K
- Currie brought the power for the weekend series at home with Saint Anselm, as her walk-off homer Monday is her third long ball in as many games after recording the first two-home run game of her career on Saturday. In three games this weekend she went 5-for-10 with 3 HR and 6 RBI. She ranks third in the NE10 with 27 RBI and tied for fourth with 10 wins on the mound.
- After going 3-for-4 at the plate with her first homer of the season, Waskowitz now ranks 10thin the NE10 with a .349 batting average on the season. She also ranks third in the conference with 12 doubles.
The Warriors continue NE10 divisional home action on Wednesday when they host Assumption for a doubleheader beginning at 3:00 p.m.