NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Senior Alexis Perry(Westford, Vt.) and junior Samantha Waskowitz(Killingworth, Conn.) have been named team captains of the Merrimack College softball team for the 2016 season, as announced by head coach Elaine Schwager.
Perry and Waskowitz will join returning junior captain Haley Currie (Burlington, Mass.) for the upcoming year. As a sophomore, Currie helped captain the Warriors to a 19-24 record, posting a 12-13 record in Northeast-10 Conference action. The Warriors will look to improve on their 2015 season after returning plenty of experience and production in their lineup.
Perry enjoyed another solid year on the mound for the Warriors, headlining the team’s starting rotation as a junior. She tied for the team-lead with seven wins in 15 starts last season, logging 80.2 innings, also a team-high, in 20 appearances. The Vermont native struck out 50 batters on the year, averaging 4.34 strikeouts per game and tallying a 3.47 earned run average.
Waskowitz was an offensive powerhouse in a breakout sophomore season last year, leading her team in nearly every offensive category. She appeared in all but one game for Merrimack in 2015, posting a .303 batting average to go with a team-high 24 RBIs and 26 runs. She ranked second on the team with five home runs and added four doubles and a team-high two triples. She led Merrimack with 12 multi-hit games and blasted her first-career grand slam in her second year.
Currie had a fantastic sophomore season as a captain, being named to the NE-10 All-Conference Second Team as a utility player. She started 15 games as a pitcher and 11 at designated hitter, as well as one at third base in 2014. She led her team in batting average (.319), wins (7), innings pitched (80.2), strikeouts (53) and earned run average (2.78). The junior also added two home runs and 13 RBI as a batter last season.