RINDGE, N.H. – Looking for the series sweep on Wednesday, the Merrimack College softball program took care of business, scoring a combined 26 runs in two games to walk away with two mercy-rule wins against Franklin Pierce. After a 12-1 final in game one, the Warriors piled on 14 runs in game two, walking away with a 14-2 victory.
With every player getting in on the action throughout the doubleheader sweep, senior Nicole Nanof was perfect at the plate – she finished the day 5-for-5, with five RBI, four runs scored, and three extra-base hits.
Schedule Note: Friday’s game against SNHU will now be played THURSDAY, April 25, at 3 p.m. The Basics Score: Game 1:Merrimack 12, Franklin Pierce 1 | Final Score: Game 2: Merrimack 14, Franklin Pierce 2 | Final Location: Bisaccia Softball Complex | Rindge, N.H.
Rapid Recap (Game One)
The Warriors offense was quiet in the first, but was able to put up a run in the top of the second. Freshman Jenna Wike picked up her seventh RBI of the season, scoring senior Nicole Nanof from second to make it 1-0.
The Warriors added to its lead the following inning. With runners on second and third, sophomore Abigail Amato singled to right field; the hit was misplayed scoring Kelly Dovi from third and Tiffany Mangiameli from second to make it 3-0.
Merrimack tacked on more in the fourth inning. With the bases loaded, senior Caitlin McBride singled up the middle, scoring two and making it 7-1. Nanof’s second RBI double scored two more, and an error in center field made it 10-1.
The visitors closed out the game in the fifth inning, but not before scoring two more. Mangiameli took home on a wild pitch before another Franklin Pierce error allowed the twelfth and final run of game one.
Rapid Recap (Game Two)
Merrimack scored for the sixth straight inning, taking the lead early in the top of the first. Mangiameli singled, stole second, and was pushed to third on a bunt single from senior Hannah Johnson. Johnson was caught in a rundown between first and second on an attempted steal, and was able to stay caught up in the pickle long enough for Mangiameli to score; she also ended up safely at second after six defensive transfers. Amato doubled to right field, scoring Johnson and doubling the lead. Nanof added to the score, scoring the third run with another RBI base knock.
After touching the plate a handful of times already, Mangiameli added to the scoring with an RBI of her own in the fourth. With the bases loaded, a sacrifice fly to left field scored the fourth Warrior run of the game. Amato tagged a ball to straightaway center two batters later, and was able to score Dovi from third to make it 5-0.
The Warriors piled it on once more in the top of the fifth inning. Sophomore Jen Hutnynan reached on a fielder’s choice with the bases loaded, and an error on the throw to second allowed a run to score. Then, Dovi drove her second RBI double of the afternoon to the left field fence, making it 8-0 by scoring the runners from second and third. A squeeze bunt from Johnson scored Dovi from third, and an additional error by the Ravens defense made it 10-0. An RBI single from McBride extended the lead even more, and Nanof hit her third RBI double of the afternoon to make it 12-0. Wike’s two-run single gave Merrimack a 14-run lead before the Ravens got out of the inning.