Links: Box Scores (Game 1)
CLERMONT, Fla. – Highlighted by an offensive onslaught in a 9-0 rout in the first game of the day, the Merrimack College softball team split a doubleheader with Pace on Wednesday morning, dominating the first game but then falling to the Setters in game two, 2-1 at the Spring Games in Clermont, Florida.
Score (G1 – 5 innings): Merrimack 9, Pace 0
Score (G2): Pace 2, Merrimack 1
Records: Merrimack (9-5) | Pace (3-4)
Location: National Training Center | Clermont, Florida
How It Happened (Game 1)
Up bright and early for an 8:00 a.m. start to the doubleheader, Merrimack’s bats would need no time of wake up on Wednesday morning as the Warriors would open up their 9-0 blowout victory with four runs in the top of the first inning top jump out to a quick 4-0 lead. Sophomore Caitlin McBride (Danvers, Mass.) would open the game’s scoring with an RBI double with two runners on. The very next batter, senior captain Haley Currie (Burlington, Mass.) would step up and blast her second homerun of the season, a three-run shot that promptly put Merrimack up four runs.
The Warriors would tack on three more runs in the third inning, thanks to a two-RBI single from junior Alyssa Williamson (Scarborough, Maine) to extend the lead to six, followed by the fourth RBI of the game for Currie on a fielder’s choice to put the score at 7-0 over the reigning Northeast-10 Conference Champions after just two innings.
Merrimack would add on their final two runs in the fifth inning with some help from errors in the field by Pace, sealing a 9-0 mercy victory. While the Warriors were putting on an offensive clinic, junior Megan Cook (Bellingham, Mass.) was pitching a gem for the Warriors on the mound. Cook pitched all five innings, allowing just one hit and striking out two while holding the Setters scoreless in the game.
How It Happened (Game 2)
Game two of the day played out in a much different fashion then game one, with the teams combining to score just three runs in seven innings. After her impressive but brief outing in game one, Cook would keep right on rolling into game two on the hill for Merrimack. The junior would register three straight 1-2-3 innings to open the game. The game would remain scoreless, though, as the Warriors managed just one hit in that same stretch.
Pace would get its first runs of the day in the fourth inning, with a leadoff triple kick-starting their offense. A sacrifice fly from the next batter would score a run to give Pace their first lead of the day at 1-0, followed by a string of three singles to plate another run and give the Setters a 2-0 lead after the fourth.
Senior Mariah Tenney (Winchendon, Mass.) would look to get things going for the Warriors in the fifth inning with a leadoff single and a stolen base to put a runner on second. After Tenney beat out a throw to third on a fielder’s choice on a ball put in play by freshman Tiffany Mangiameli (Middlefield, Conn.), Mangiameli would start heading to second to put herself in a rundown. Her heads-up base-running would draw a throw to second and allow Tenney to run home from third and score, cutting the deficit to 2-1 after five innings.
Merrimack would threaten again in the sixth inning, getting the tying run all the way to third base, but seeing her held up their without making it home. Pace would ultimately close out the 2-1 score as the Warriors split the doubleheader with the Setters.
The Warriors continue action in the Spring Games on Friday when they take on Bridgeport at 8:00 a.m., followed by their second matchup of the season with Clarion at 1:00 p.m.
Mike McMahon has covered Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune since 2006 and he also has been a senior writer at College Hockey News since 2005.
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