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Merrimack opens the season with a pair of wins in South Carolina

The Merrimack College softball team opened its 2019 campaign with a pair of wins at the Snowbird Softball Freeze Out tournament, downing Millersville 2-1, and Clarion 7-2, on Friday afternoon. Scoring nine runs through two games, the Warriors were paced in the circle by sophomore Bridget Soraghan, who finished the day with a win and a save.

The Basics
Score: Game 1: Merrimack 2
, Millersville 1 | Final
Score: Game 2: Merrimack 7, Clarion 2 | Final
Location: Market Commons Complex | Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Rapid Recap (Game One)

  • Freshman Bryana Michitson got her first collegiate start in the circle in game one against Millersville. After a leadoff walk, a fly out and a strikeout led to an attempted steal attempt, and senior Emily Kurkul’sputout ended the first.
  • After two clean innings, the Warriors had its first chance to score. A double by senior Caitlin McBride topped the inning, but she was left stranded at second.
  • Millersville struck first in the bottom of the frame. Back-to-back doubles by the Marauders plated the game’s first run. After a walk and a single, freshman Jenna Wike came on in relief, getting a pop out and a strikeout to halt the home team.
  • Merrimack responded in the top of the fifth. Kurkul led off with a walk, and was followed by a sacrifice bunt from sophomore Luciellia Colarusso to put her in scoring position. Senior Brianna Sebio crushed a double into the left-center gap, tying the game at one run apiece. Junior Tiffany Mangiameli layed down a bunt to move Sebio to third, and an RBI single by senior Hannah Johnson game the Warriors a 2-1 lead.
  • Millersville threatened once again in the top of the fifth, but couldn’t respond. After a double and two walks loaded the bases, sophomore Bridget Soraghan came on in relief, getting a lineout at second to finish the fifth.

Rapid Recap (Game Two)

  • After a nail-biting victory in the team’s season opener, Bridget Soraghan got the start in game two; her offense was able to put four runs up in the first. Mangiameli led the inning off with a hit-by-pitch and a stolen base. A double by Nanof put runners on second and third, and Mangiameli scored on an errant throw back to the pitcher. Another hit-by-pitch, a wild pitch, and a walk loaded the bases, and before anything else could happen, a wild pitch moved all three runners, allowing Nanof to score. A Jenna Wike walk drew a bad throw from behind the plate, allowing two more runs to be plated before the inning was over, giving Merrimack a 4-0 lead.
  • Clarion got on the board in the bottom half of the third inning. A single from Moriah Lynn followed by a double from Jessica Cartia put two runners in scoring position, and Lynn scored two batters later on a wild pitch.
  • Merrimack plated its final three runs in the top of the fourth. Kristina Terrazzano and Jenna Wike reached via hit-by-pitch, and a sacrifice bunt advanced them both. A groundout by sophomore Abigail Amato scored Terrazzano. After Mangiameli walked, Wike scored on a pass ball; senior Hannah Johnson then singled to left field, scoring Mangiameli for the team’s seventh run.
  • Rebecca Kelley was credited the Golden Eagles’ final RBI in the bottom of the fifth. With runners on the corners, a double to right-center field scored the runner at third, but senior relief pitcher Melanie DeAlmeida closed the door to finalize the game.

Notes and Notables

  • Game 1: WP – Wike (1-0) | LPEmma Bevard (0-1)
  • Wike’s Line: (1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K)
  • Game 2: WP – Bridget Soraghan (1-0)| LP – Rebecca Kelley (0-1)
  • Soraghan’s line: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
  • The Warriors put ten runners on base via walk or hit-by-pitch.

Up Next:
The Warriors are back in action for day two of the Snowbird Softball Freeze Out tournament, taking on Slippery Rock and West Virginia State at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

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