Merrimack Softball Beats Assumption

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.  – The Merrimack College softball team erupted for seven runs in the first two innings, as the Warriors took down Assumption, 8-2, in the series finale between the two programs on Tuesday afternoon at Martone-Mejail Field.

Links: Box Score | McBride’s Postgame | Highlights

NE10 Postseason Outlook
The top-four programs in the division standings advance to the NE10 Championship, with the second seed receiving a first-round bye and the top seed automatically advancing to the NE10 Semifinals. The top seed in the Southeast Division will host all NE10 Championship games. Assumption has divisional four games left, while Merrimack, Saint Anselm and Southern N.H. each have three remaining. The first round game is on Tuesday, May 1 at the three seed of each division. 

Northeast Division
1. Saint Anselm (16-2)
2. Southern N.H. (1
3. Merrimack (1
4. Assumption (10-7)

The Basics
 Merrimack 8, Assumption 2 | Final
Records: Merrimack (29-11, 16-8 NE10) | Assumption (17-13, 12-8 NE10)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.

Rapid Recap

  • After giving up the game’s first run in the opening inning on a RBI single by Assumption’s Alyssa Beaton, Merrimack scored seven runs in the next two innings.
  • A walk and a single put runners on first and second with one away. Senior Megan Cook hit a deep fly ball to right field that bounced over the fence, scoring junior Nicole Nanof from second. After a walk to junior Caitlin McBride, a pair of two-out walks gave the Warriors a 3-1 lead after one.
  • In the second, sophomore Tiffany Mangiameli led off the inning with a bunt single, before moving to second on a wild pitch. She came around to score on a RBI single by senior Alyssa Williamson. After another single by Cook, McBride had the big hit of the inning, with a triple to right center, scoring both runners.  Junior Emily Kurkul added another run on a single to center.
  • Neither offense had a lot going on the next two innings, as the pitchers combined to allow just one base runner during that span.
  • Assumption tacked on their only other run in the fifth. Assumption led off the inning with a double and single to put runners on the corners. After Mckenzie Richards was thrown out at second, Victorie Petrie went home to score.
  • Merrimack added one more in the sixth, but left the bases loaded, with the score was 8-2.
  • Cook allowed just one runner in the seventh, but retired the next three batters to end the game.

Notes and Notables

  • WP – Cook (21-3) | LP – Mia Nowicki (8-6)
  • Cook’s Line: 7.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 8 BB, 6 K
  • Cook now joins three Warriors with 21 wins in a single season, and the seven Merrimack player in program history to reach 21 or more wins in a single season.
  • Cook also had her 11th two-hit game of the season.
  • McBride knocked a pair of runs for the third time this season, while it’s the fifth time she has had a multi-RBI game this year.
  • Kurkul has brought in at least a run in the four of the last five games.

Up Next:
Merrimack has three games remaining in the regular season. The Warriors host Franklin Pierce this weekend for a three-game Northeast Division series, beginning Friday at 3 p.m. for one game. Saturday’s doubleheader will begin at 12 p.m. It will also be Senior Day and Alumni Day for the program on Saturday, with the seniors to be honored in between games.

About Mike McMahon 6236 Articles
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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