CLERMONT, Fla. – The #22 ranked Merrimack College softball team concluded its trip to Florida with a pair of shutout victories over Fairmont State and Clarion on Sunday afternoon. Overall the Navy & Gold went 6-0 on their trip, including five wins without giving up a run. The Warriors are ranked #22 by the National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association (NFCA) National poll.
Game 1: #22 Merrimack 5, Fairmont State 0 | Final
Game 2: #22 Merrimack 8, Clarion 0 | Final
Records: #22 Merrimack (11-1) | Fairmont State (2-7) | Clarion (2-7)
Location: Legends Way Field | Clermont, Fla.
Rapid Recap (Fairmont State)
- The Warriors struck first in the bottom of the fourth. After back-to-back walks for senior Alyssa Williamson and junior Nicole Nanof, junior Kristina Terrazzano put down a bunt between first and second base with one out. The throw to first was misplayed, allowing both runners to score. Nanof came around on an errant throw to home.
- Merrimack added a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth. A one-out triple by junior Hannah Johnson scored sophomore Tiffany Mangiameli. Johnson scored on a RBI single by Williamson. The Navy and Gold loaded the bases, but Fairmont State escaped without any further damage.
- Fairmont State threatened in the top of the sixth, loading the bases with one out. However, senior pitcher Courtney Zambello came in relief, striking out the first batter she faced, before inducing a ground out to end the threat. Merrimack added one more in the home half of the sixth. Freshman Bridget Soraghan picked up her first-career hit, a double, to lead off the inning. She came around to score after Mangiameli reached on an error.
Rapid Recap (Clarion)
- In the second game of the day, It was scoreless again heading into the fourth, as the Warriors picked up two runs in the inning. Nanof led off with a single, before stealing second. A one-out double by freshman Luciellia Colarusso pushed Nanof across the plate. Colarusso advanced to third on a wild pitch. She scored on an odd play. Junior Melanie DeAlmeida walked. She then ran to second and Colarruso scored on the throw down to second. Senior pitcher Megan Cook then struck out the side in the bottom of the fourth.
- Merrimack added two more runs in the sixth, before erupting for four in the seventh. Cook allowed just two hits over the final three innings of play.
Notes and Notables
- Game 1: WP – Brooke Bogacz (3-0) | LP – Rachel Bias (1-4)
- Bogacz Line: (5.1 IP, 4H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K)
- Game 2: WP – Cook (5-0) | LP – (0-0)
- Cook’s line: (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K)
- Cook went 3-0 over the weekend, while picking up a pair of saves.
- Johnson led the offense with two hits in the first game.
- Freshmen Abigail Amato and Luciellia Colarusso each had two RBI in the second game, with Williamson leading the team with three hits. She has had six multi-hit games. Nanof has five. Caitlin McBride, Mangiameli, and Johnson each have four multi-hit games on the year.
- Williamson currently has a five-game hitting streak, while Nanof has a hit in her last four games.
- Zambello has the second best earned run average at 1.65, while going 3-0 on the year.
The Warriors return to action next weekend with a double-header against Molloy on Saturday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m. The Lions and Merrimack faced each other in last year’s NCAA Division II East Region finals. Molloy was the runner-up in the Division II National Championship.