CLERMONT, Fla. – The #22 ranked Merrimack College softball team swept its opponents after the first day in Florida, blanking Ferris State 7-0 in game one, before holding off Nyack, 8-6 in the nightcap. The Warriors improve to 7-1 on the season.
Game 1: #22 Merrimack 7, Ferris State 0 | Final
Game 2: #22 Merrimack 8, Nyack 6 | Final
Records: #22 Merrimack (7-1) | Ferris State (4-9) | Nyack (3-11)
Location: Hancock Park | Clermont, Fla.
Rapid Recap (Ferris State)
- After a leadoff double in the second by junior Caitlin McBride, classmate Nicole Nanof singled up the middle to bring in McBride for a 1-0 lead. A single by junior Kristina Terrazzano put runners on first and second, before a two-out base hit by classmate Hannah Johnson scored both runners. Both came in across the plate after a fielding miscue for a 3-0 lead.
- Merrimack pushed across four runs in the bottom of the third. McBride led off the inning with a walk and came all around to score on a bases loaded passed ball. Junior Emily Kurkul plated Nanof on a RBI single, before Terrazzano scored on a single by Johnson to make it 7-0.
- That is all senior pitcher Megan Cook needed. After a pair of runners reached first and second with one away in the top of the fourth, Cook retired the next two hitters by way of the strike out to end the threat. She did not allow a hit for the rest of the game.
Rapid Recap (Nyack)
- After neither team scored in the first inning, the Warriors struck first in the top of the second, scoring a pair of runs. Terrazzano begin the inning with a single, before freshman Elizabeth McCoy reached on a one-out single. Both runners advanced on an attempted throw to third. Johnson continued her big day, scoring both runners on a two-out single.
- Merrimack starter, senior Courtney Zambello retired the side in the second, including a pair of strikeouts. The Warriors tacked on single runs in the third and fourth innings to take a 4-0 lead. However, Nyack cut the lead to a one-run deficit in the bottom of the fourth, taking advantage of an error by the defense.
- Merrimack went ahead 6-3 in the top of the fifth, thanks to a RBI double by McCoy and a RBI single by Johnson. Nyack scored a run in the home half of the inning, but the Warriors made it 7-4 in the top of the sixth. Nyack made things interesting, making it a one-run game after scoring a pair in the bottom of the sixth. With Nyack threatening, Cook came in relief to retire the final batter of the inning.
- However, the Warriors tacked on their eighth run in the top of the seventh on a RBI groundout by sophomore Tiffany Mangiameli. Cook closed out the seventh; striking out the final two batters of the game to pick up her first save of the season.
Notes and Notables
- Game 1: WP Cook (3-0) | LP Abby Highway (1-3)
- Cook’s final line: (7 IP, 0 R, 0 BB, 11 K)
- It was the second game this season that Cook went the distance and had 11 strikeouts.
- McBride, Nanof, and Terrazzano each scored twice in the game, while Nanof and Terrazzano each collected a pair of hits.
- Johnson has scored a run in four of the five games she has appeared in. It is also her second multi-hit game of the season.
- Game 2: WP – Courtney Zambello (2-0) | LP – Brittany Blair (2-5) | SV – Cook (1)
- Senior Alyssa Williamson and Terrazzano each had four hits in the second game. Terrazzano also picked up a pair of RBI’s.
- McCoy had three hits, scored three runs, and had a RBI, while Johnson plated three runs of her own.
The Warriors return to action tomorrow morning with a pair of games. The first pitch for game one is 9 a.m. against Pittsburgh-Johnstown. Game two is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. against Notre Dame (Ohio).