MANCHESTER, N.H. – With the regular season winding down and the postseason race tight as ever in the Northeast-10 Conference Northeast Division, the Merrimack College softball team and Southern New Hampshire split its twinbill on Saturday afternoon. The Warriors took game one, 7-1, before the Penmen blanked the visitors in the second game, 9-0. The Penmen entered the series as the top team in the NCAA Division II Softball East Region rankings, while the Navy and Gold were fourth in the region.
Score: Game 1: Merrimack 7, SNHU 1 | Final
Score: Game 2: SNHU 9, Merrimack 0 | Final/ 5 Innings
Records: Merrimack (27-10, 14-7 NE10) | Southern New Hampshire (32-10, 15-7 NE10)
Location: SNHU Softball Field | Manchester, N.H.
Rapid Recap (Game One)
- Junior Nicole Nanof gave Merrimack an early 1-0 lead in the first. She sent her fifth home run of the season over the left field fence. The Warriors tacked on three more runs in the second on three hits. With junior’s Emily Kurkul and Kristina Terrazzano on second and third with one out, sophomore Tiffany Mangiameli lifted a single to left field to bring in a run. After Merrimack loaded the bases, senior Alyssa Williamson singled to left, scoring Terrazzano. Senior Megan Cook walked with the bases loaded, to bring in the third run of the inning.
- The Penmen had a pair of runners in scoring position in the second, but Cook got a pop up in foul territory to end the threat. However, Southern New Hampshire broke up the shutout in the third. With a runner on second, Sarah Lavallee popped up a shallow fly ball just beyond first base, scoring Brittany Perdigao with two outs.
- After a scoreless fourth, Kurkul launched her fourth homer of the season deep over the left field fence to give Merrimack a 5-1 lead.
- The Warriors added two more runs in the seventh, as Kurkul and junior Hannah Johnson each knocked in a run.
- Cook retired 12 batters in a row following the Lavallee single, before a pair of two-out singles in the seventh by the Penmen. However, the game ended with the lead runner being caught between second and third.
Rapid Recap (Game Two)
- The Penmen struck first in the opening inning. With a runner on third, Lavallee singled through the left side, scoring Perdigao, before Emily Critch sent a two-run blast to center field to give the home team a 3-0 lead.
- Southern New Hampshire continued to put pressure on the Warriors. The home team took advantage of a pair of errors to score four more in the second. Lavallee knocked in two runs with a two-out single, before Critch pushed the seventh run of the game with a two-out double.
- The Penmen tacked on two in the third, again with two outs. A pair of two out hits by Perdigao and Erin Garczynski extended the lead to 9-0.
Notes and Notables
- Game 1: WP – Cook (19-2) | LP – Maddy Barone (14-6)
- Cook’s Line: (7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K)
- Cook finished game one with a pair of strikeouts, putting her at 297 career strikeouts. She is three strikeouts away from becoming the seventh Warrior to reach the 300-K plateau.
- Williamson and Kurkul each had three hits, while Kurkul knocked in two runs, including her fourth homer of the season.
- Mangiameli extended her hitting streak to eight games in the first game, with a RBI single in the second.
- Game 2: WP – Lavallee (16-3) | LP – Bridget Soraghan (1-3)
- Soraghan’s line: 1.1 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 3 ER
- Seniors Courtney Zambello and Brooke Bogacz combined for 2.2 innings of relief for the Warriors, each picking up a strikeout.
- Freshman Luciellia Colarusso had the lone hit for Merrimack in game two.
The two teams wrap up the series tomorrow at noon at the Southern New Hampshire University Softball field.