Merrimack drops first two games in Florida

KISSIMMEE, Fl.  – The Merrimack College softball team opened up its 12-game slate in Florida with a pair of losses Friday, falling to Wilmington 11-0 and 5-2 to Mercy.

Merrimack used a handful of the pitchers throughout the course of the day, but relied heavily upon freshman Jenna Wike in game two, where she allowed just two earned runs in the loss.

The Basics
Score: Game 1: Merrimack 0
, Wilmington 11 | Final/5
Score: Game 2: Mercy 5, Merrimack 2 | Final
Location: Osceola Softball Complex | Kissimmee, Fl.

Rapid Recap (Game One)

  • Wilmington started off the morning with a four-run top of the first, and added another in the second. Soraghan’s start lasted into the third inning before freshman Jenna Wike came on in relief.
  • After scoring one run in the second and third, Wike and the Warriors held the Wildcats off the scoreboard in the fourth; the team ended up allowing five runs in the fifth, putting Merrimack on the ropes.
  • Merrimack’s offense sputtered, despite only six strikeouts. Consistantly putting the ball in play, Elizabeth McCoy broke up Melissa McCarthy’s no-hitter in the bottom of the fifth. The Warriors had two runners aboard for the only inning of game one, but couldn’t plate either.

Rapid Recap (Game Two)

  • Merrimack got on the board early, serving as the visiting team in game two. Senior Nicole Nanof blasted the first Warrior home run of the season, and Wike followed up with an RBI sacrifice fly.
  • After giving up a pair of runs early, Wike settled down. She gave up just one hit over the following three innings, setting up for a tense finish.
  • With runners aboard, a costly Merrimack error allowed Mercy to take the lead in the bottom of the sixth. The team plated three total runs in the inning, downing Merrimack by a final of 5-2.
  • Notes and Notables
  • Game 1: WP – M. McCarthy (2-3) | LP – B. Soraghan (1-1)
  • McCarthy’s Line: (5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K)
  • Game 2: WP – Katelyn Shepard (1-0)| LP  – Jenna Wike (1-1)
  • Shepards’s line: 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Up Next:
The Warriors return to action Saturday morning for two, taking on Saint Thomas Aquinas and Shepherd. First pitch is set for 11:15 a.m.

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