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Merrimack remains unbeaten after win over Slippery Rock

The Merrimack College softball team overcame an early deficit Saturday night in game three of the Snowbird Softball Freeze Out tournament, needing extra innings and a handful of incredible defensive plays to defeat Slippery Rock, 4-3. Senior Emily Kurkulhad the game-winning RBI in the top of the eighth, helping the Warriors improve to 3-0 on the season.

Due to weather, the Warriors were also scheduled to play West Virginia State University at 12 p.m. – which was postponed, and later canceled.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 4
, Slippery Rock 3 | Final/8
Location: Ned Donkle Complex | Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Rapid Recap

  • Slippery Rock started things off in the bottom half of the first. After a leadoff triple, a sacrifice bunt scored the game’s first run.
  • Another run came across in the second for Slippery Rock. Aubrey Allen delivered a gap-shot triple, scoring Leah Vith from first; she came across to score one batter later on a sacrifice fly.
  • Merrimack got on the scoreboard in the top of the third. Tiffany Mangiameli was hit by a pitch and stole second, senior Hannah Johnson singled, scoring her from second.
  • The Warriors cut the lead once again in the top of the fourth. Sophomore Jennifer Hutnyan drew a walk, and was driven in on a double to left-center by senior Brianna Sebio. She scored two batters later, when miscommunication in the outfield led to Luciella Colarusso reaching base. A single by sophomore Abigail Amato put runners on first and second, but the Warriors couldn’t push another run across.
  • Jenna Wike came on in relief two-thirds of the way through the fourth inning, inheriting two runners. After a walk, Mangiameli made an outstanding defensive play at short, and Wike pitched a groundout to get out of the inning.
  • Merrimack went down in order in the top of the fifth; Slippery Rock looked to respond in the bottom of the inning after a runner reached, but an incredible diving play at second by Amato ended the inning.
  • In the bottom of the seventh, Slippery Rock was stopped once again by outstanding defensive play by the Warriors; Johnson made a diving catch in left field, and a hot shot at third was stopped by McBride to end the frame.
  • It took extra innings to settle the score, with Merrimack scoring in the top of the eighth. After freshman Danielle Carmody reached and was moved to third on a sacrifice bunt, Emily Kurkul poked a double to right field, scoring Carmody and giving the Warriors a 4-3 lead.
  • Defesnve played a huge factor again in the bottom of the eighth. After a runner rea

Notes and Numbers

  • WP – Wike (2-0) | LPCamie Schumaker (1-2)
  • Wike’s Line: (4.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K)

Up Next:
The Warriors are back in action for the final day of the Snowbird Softball Freeze Out tournament, taking on Lock Haven and Felician at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

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