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Merrimack Softball Doubles Up Stonehill

EASTON, Mass.  – The Merrimack College softball team picked up the sweep on Wednesday afternoon against Stonehill College. Senior Megan Cook pitched two complete games, as the Warriors rallied in game one to take it 9-4, before scoring two late runs in game two for a 2-0 victory.  Junior Nicole Nanof led the charge in the first game with her first-career grand slam. The Warriors moved into fourth place in the Northeast Division and are 5-3 in divisional play.

The Basics
Score: Game 1: Merrimack 9
, Stonehill 4 | Final
Score: Game 2:  Merrimack 2, Stonehill 0 | Final
Records: Merrimack (22-8, 9-5 NE10) | Stonehill (5-18, 4-9 NE10)
Location: Fr. William Gartland Field | Easton, Mass.

Rapid Recap (Game One)

  • The Skyhawks used a four-run first to take charge in game one. A one-out error, along with a single set up Michelle Theilgard for a three-run blast to give the home team a 3-0 lead. Sophie Perez followed up with a solo shot herself to add to the lead.
  • Merrimack got a run back Cook hit her first-career home run with one out in the second inning.
  • The Warriors used the long ball and were helped by two errors to score seven runs in the third and take an 8-4 lead. After loading the bases with no outs, Nanof cleared them with her third home run of the season to give Merrimack a 5-4 lead. Merrimack loaded the bases again and freshman Abigail Amato cleared them, singling to center, before an error by the center fielder allowed all runs to score. The Warriors added a run in the fifth for the 9-4 final.
  • Cook bounced back after a tough first inning, allowing just three hits over the final six innings of play.

Rapid Recap (Game Two)

  • The Warriors had an early chance to do some damage in the second, loading the bases with two outs. However, Skyhawk starter Jennifer Mayette got a grounder to short to end the threat.
  • Cook pitched a gem. After a leadoff single to start the game, she retired 11 in a row.
  • However, a pair of two-out singles and a walk loaded the bases in the fourth for the Skyhawks. Cook ended the threat after a seven pitch at bat to Erin Brayden, getting her to groundout.
  • Merrimack threatened in the fifth, putting runners on first and second with one out. However, the runners were stranded.
  • The scoreless tie ended in the seventh, with the Warriors scoring a pair of runs with two outs. After senior Alyssa Williamson and freshman Luciellia Colarusso walked with two outs, Cook doubled to right field, scoring both runners.

Notes and Notables

  • Game 1: WP – Cook (13-2) | LP – Genna Hartman (1-6)
  • Cook’s Line: (7.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K)
  • Cook passed Jill Gagnon ’09 on the all-time career strikeout list at Merrimack. It was her 13th complete game of the season. With her solo shot in the second, Cook extended her hitting streak to six games.
  • Nanof had two hits in the game and has now hit safely in five straight. Nanof reached the four RBI mark for the second time this season, the last coming against Bentley during a 7-3 win on March 27.
  • Sophomore Tiffany Mangiameli and Amato also collected two hits, while Amato knocked in two runs. Mangiameli picked up her sixth two-hit game of the year and eighth multi-hit game of the season, four shy of her career-high. It was Amato’s fourth time this year with two RBI in a game.
  • Game 2: WP – Cook(14-2) | LP – Mayette (4-8)
  • Cook’s line: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
  • Cook has now completed 14 games and have eight shutouts this year. Her two-out double in the seventh extended her hitting streak to seven games, while reaching base in 11 straight games.She stands at 269 career strikeouts and is sixth all-time.
  • Junior Kristina Terrazzano extended her hitting streak to four, after getting a hit in game two. Mangiameli led the offense at the plate going 3-for-4.

Up Next:
Merrimack welcomes Saint Michael’s College this weekend for a three-game series. Saturday will be a doubleheader with Sunday being a single game. First pitch for both days is scheduled for noon against the Purple Knights.

Mike McMahon is in his 12th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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