WORCESTER, Mass. – Amidst delays and controversy, the Merrimack College softball team suffered a heartbreaking loss at Assumption in the first round of the Northeast-10 Conference Championship by a score of 3-2 on Tuesday afternoon.
Score: Assumption 3, Merrimack 2
Records: Merrimack (24-26) | Assumption (19-20)
Location: Marois Field | Worcester, Massachusetts
How It Happened
The Greyhounds would hop out to an early two-run lead in the bottom of the first, beginning with a hit batsman that would be knocked home by a gap-finding double to left center field for the 1-0 lead. A double from the next greyhound batter would score another and give Assumption a 2-0 lead after one inning.
After a scoreless second, Merrimack would answer in the third inning, kicked off by a lead-off single from junior Mariah Tenney (Winchendon, Mass.). A walk to the next batter followed by a sacrifice bunt gave the Warriors runners on second and third with just one out. Junior captain Haley Currie (Burlington, Mass.) would step to the plate next and score both runners with a single to right center to tie the game at 2-2 in the third.
Sophomore Megan Cook (Bellingham, Mass.), who started on the mound for the Warriors, would see Assumption threaten with base runners in the third and fourth innings, but would pitch herself out of jams both innings plus add a 1-2-3 fifth inning to keep the score tied at 2-2 after five.
In the top of the sixth inning, it appeared freshman Emily Kurkul (Bridgewater, Mass.) gave the Warriors a one-run lead with a solo homer to left field. But a complaint from the Assumption coach would lead to a 45-minute discussion over bat legality, which would eventually result in the home run being disallowed and ruled an out, sending the game to the seventh inning still knotted at 2-2.
Tenney again would look to get the Warriors going in the seventh, getting on base with a single and stealing second to get in scoring position, but she would not advance any further. Two walks in the bottom of the inning would give Assumption two runners with one out, and a single to center would score the lead runner as the Greyhounds walked off with a controversial win.
Inside The Numbers
- Currie’s day at the plate: 2-for-3, 2 RBI. She finishes the season with a team-leading a career-high 27 RBI, which ranks 11th in the NE-10
- Cook’s final line: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 K. The sophomore also recorded the lone extra-base hit of the game for Merrimack with a hard-hit double.
- The Warriors finish out the season with 24 wins, the most they have registered since 2011, the year they advanced to the NCAA Super East Regional.