NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College softball team clinched the season-series victory and posted yet another Northeast-10 Conference Northeast Divisional victory on Sunday afternoon when the Warriors topped Southern New Hampshire at Warrior Softball Diamond by a score of 6-2 on Alumni Day.
Score: Merrimack 6, Southern N.H. 2
Records: Merrimack (27-12, 14-5 NE10) | Southern N.H. (20-17, 6-11 NE10)
Location: Warrior Softball Diamond| North Andover, Mass.
NE10 Postseason Outlook (N.E. Division)
The top-four programs in the division standings advance to the NE10 Championship, with the second seed receiving a first-round bye and the top seed automatically advancing to the NE10 Semifinals. The top seed in the Northeast Division will host all NE10 Championship games. The Warriors have five divisional games remaining, while Assumption has seven to play and Saint Anselm has six.
1. Merrimack (13-2)
2. Assumption (10-3)
3. Saint Anselm (10-4)
4. Stonehill (7-7)
How It Happened (G1)
- 1st inning – The Warriors would start scoring early and would score often to begin Sunday’s lone contest. A senior trio would make it happen in the first inning, with a leadoff walk and a stolen base from Mariah Tenney (Winchendon, Mass.) putting her on second, followed by a single from captain Samantha Waskowitz (Killingworth, Conn.) to move her to third. Captain Haley Currie (Burlington, Mass.) would finish the run with a sac fly for a 1-0 lead after one.
- 2nd inning – Merrimack would add another run in the second inning, kicked off by a leadoff double from senior Tamarra Crowe (North Bend, Wash.). After advancing to third on an erro and a walk, Crowe would be knocked home by Waskowitz to extend the Warriors’ lead to 2-0 after two innings.
- 3rd inning – Following a run in each of the first two frames, the Warriors would open up for three more runs in the bottom of the third. Merrimack would open the third by ripping four straight hits, including three doubles and three RBI hits to plate three runs quickly in the frame and extend the lead to 5-0. The Navy and Gold would look to add more in the frame but would be held to three runs.
- 4th-5th inning – The bottom of the fourth would go as the first frame in the contest that did not see Merrimack score a run, being held to just one hit and leaving two stranded. Southern New Hampshire would respond promptly to the first scoreless inning for Merrimack, as they would net their first runs of the game in the top of the fifth on a two-run homer, cutting Merrimack’s lead to 5-2 after five.
- 6th inning – The Warriors would extend their lead back to four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning as a leadoff single, a walk, and a wild pitch would put freshman Tiffany Mangiameli (Middlefield, Conn.) on third. Currie would step up and sky the ball to the outfield, registering her second sacrifice fly of the day to give Merrimack an extra insurance run. It would be more than enough as the Penmen would not manage another run in the game.
- 7th inning – Beginning with her three straight outs to escape the third inning, Cook would proceed to retire the next 14 batters in a row for the Penmen as she cruised into the seventh inning. But in the top of the seventh, the first hit Cook would give up in 15 batters would be a solo homer, giving the Penmen a 3-2 lead that the Warriors would not be able to recover from in their last at bat.
Inside The Numbers
- WP – Cook (9-5) 2.1 IP, 2H, 0R, K | Zambello – 4.1 IP, 5H, 2R, 5K
- The co-captains continue to close out their final campaigns strong for the Warriors, as another two-RBI day for Currie now has her ranked fourth in the NE10 this season with a career-high 29 RBI. Waskowitz has registered a hit in 11 of her last 13 games and ranks eighth in the NE10 with a career-best .370 average.
- In Sunday’s game, the Warriors hit an impressive five doubles, saw three multi-hit games and five different Warriors with an RBI, and did not score a run in just two innings all game.
The Warriors conclude their nine-game NE10 divisional homestand tomorrow when they host Stonehill at 4:00 p.m.