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Amato mashes two homers, collects six RBI as Warriors split with Stonehill

EASTON, Mass.  – After falling 4-3 in walk-off fashion in game one, the Merrimack College softball program was able to even the series against Stonehill in game two Wednesday afternoon with a 4-3 final. The Warriors and Skyhawks remain tied in the fourth and final playoff spot in the division, setting up for a pivotal rubber match next Tuesday.

Sophomore Abigail Amato had her best plate performance of the season; she accounted for all six Merrimack RBI with her first career multi-home run performance.

Schedule Note: Monday’s game against Franklin Pierce has been moved to Thursday, April 18, and will begin at 12 p.m.

The Basics
Score: Game 1:
 Stonehill 4, Merrimack 3 | Final
Score: Game 2: Merrimack 4, Stonehill 3 | Final
Location: Father Gartland Field | Easton, Mass.

Rapid Recap (Game One)

  • The Warriors cracked the scoreboard in the top of the first. With Junior Tiffany Mangiameli reached to lead off, and sophomore Abigail Amato singled up the middle to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead.
  • Stonehill retook the lead in the bottom of the third. With two runners on, Julia Hartman singled to tie the game at 1-1. Then, with a runner on third, Genna Hartman’s single gave the Skyhawks the advantage.
  • Merrimack took the lead back in the top of the fifth in commanding fashion. With Mangiameli aboard, Amato homered for the second time this season, giving Merrimack a 3-2 lead.
  • Trailing by two, it took four hits before the Skyhawks walked it off. Julia Hartman’s single tied the game at three, and with a runner on third, Genna Hartman singled to left, scoring the winning run.

Rapid Recap (Game Two)

  • The combo of Mangiameli and Amato helped put the first run of the game on the board in game two. Mangiameli reached on an error and stole second before Amato grounded to the left side; Mangiameli took off for third, and the throw across the diamond went into left field, allowing the Warriors to take a 1-0 lead.
  • Stonehill went up by two in the third inning. Back-to-back homers by Michelle Theilgard and Julia Hartman made it 3-1.
  • Once again, it was Amato who tied the game. After senior Hannah Johnson reached, the sophomore belted her second of the afternoon, tying the game at three runs apiece.
  • Amato couldn’t be stopped, and she was able to plate the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh. Mangiameli led off with a double before Johnson laid down a perfect but to move her to third. Amato grounded into the right side of the infield, and Mangiameli took home.

Notes and Numbers

  • Game 1: WP – Katherine Rayner (12-9) | LP –  Bryana Michitson (5-9)
  • Rayner’s line: (7 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K)
  • Game 2: WP Bridget Soraghan – (3-2)| LP – Katherine Rayner (12-10)
  • Soraghan’s line: ( 3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 K)

Up Next:
The Warriors are back in action tomorrow, taking on Franklin Pierce on the road. First pitch is slated for noon.

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