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MANCHESTER, N.H. – Freshman Caitlin McBride (Danvers, Mass.) homered twice in the second game of a doubleheader and finished the day with seven RBI to push the Merrimack College softball team to two wins and a sweep at Saint Anselm on Sunday afternoon, clinching the season series for the Warriors over the Hawks.

The Basics
Score (G1): Merrimack 6,
 Saint Anselm 1
Score (G2): Merrimack 10,
 Saint Anselm 7
Records: Merrimack (11-19, 4-7 NE-10)
 | Saint Anselm (9-17, 5-8 NE-10)
 South Athletic Field | Manchester, New Hampshire

How It Happened (G1)
Saint Anselm took an early lead in game one of Sunday’s doubleheader, picking up a run in the bottom of the second inning on two hits to go out in front 1-0. It would be the Hawks’ only lead and run of the game as junior captain Haley Currie (Burlington, Mass.) delivered another great performance on the mound, proceeding to allow just three hits for the next five innings in her complete game win.

After falling behind in the second, the Warriors responded in impressive fashion in the third, putting four runs on the board to take the three-run lead. Junior captain Samantha Waskowitz (Killingworth, Conn.) got Merrimack’s scoring started with an RBI double, and then was knocked in on an RBI single from Currie. The very next batter, McBride posted her first RBI of the day with a double to left to score Currie. McBride later scored on a throwing error to give Merrimack the 4-1 lead.

The next three innings would go by scoreless before the Warriors added some more insurance in the top of the seventh. A leadoff single from junior Mariah Tenney(Winchendon, Mass.) would turn into a runner on third after the speedy junior quickly stole two bases. Waskowitz would knock Tenney in with an RBI single before scoring on a single from McBride, each picking up their second RBI of the game to put the Warriors up 6-1, where the score would hold thanks to a 1-2-3 inning in the seventh from Currie.

How It Happened (G2)
Runs in the high-scoring second game on Sunday came early and often, as the teams combined for 17 in the game. McBride carried her momentum from game one immediately into game two as the freshman crushed a three-run home run in the top of the first inning to give Merrimack the early 3-0 lead. Saint Anselm answered quickly in the bottom of the inning, scoring three runs of their own to tie the game at three after one.

A fielding error on a ball put in play by Currie in the top of the second would result in another run for the Warriors to retake the lead at 4-3. No runs through the next two half innings would be the longest the game would go without seeing a score, before Saint Anselm scored two runs in the bottom of the third to take their first lead of the game at 5-4. The Warriors tied the game back up in the fourth on an RBI single from junior Tamarra Crowe (North Bend, Wash.), but fell back behind by one in the bottom of the inning for the fifth lead change in four innings.

Merrimack took back the lead in the fifth inning for the first time since the second inning, needing just one hit to score two more runs and put the score at 7-6 after five innings. Each team tallied a run in the sixth inning, giving Merrimack just a one-run lead heading to the seventh and final inning.

In the top of the seventh and leading by one, the Warriors knew they needed nothing more than a few insurance runs. They would get two of those runs in their first two batters as Currie and McBride led off the inning with back-to-back homeruns, with McBride’s second home run of the game putting the Warriors up 10-7.

Inside The Numbers

  • The Warriors have now won six of their last eight games and are 5-1 in the month of April
  • Currie’s final pitching line (G1 – W): 7.0 IP, 5H, 1R, 2BB, 2K
  • McBride’s day at the plate: 5-for-7, 2 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI. After hitting for an average of .714 on Sunday, McBride improves her season batting average to .308, ranking third on the team.
  • Tenney’s two stolen bases on Sunday now put her at 15 on the season. That total has a strong hold on the NE-10 lead, as the next closest total is between two athletes tied at nine.

Up Next
The Warriors return to the diamond at Saint Anselm tomorrow for another doubleheader with the Hawks beginning at noon.

Mike McMahon is in his 13th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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