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MANCHESTER, N.H. – After a two-win day on Friday to start a stretch of seven straight game days, the Merrimack college softball team won their third straight game and the first of a doubleheader before dropping game two at Saint Anselm in Northeast-10 Conference divisional action Saturday afternoon.

The Basics
Score (G1): Merrimack 3,
 Saint Anselm 1
Score (G2):
 Saint Anselm 4, Merrimack 1
Records: Merrimack (9-19, 3-7 NE-10)
 | Saint Anselm (9-15, 5-7 NE-10)
 South Athletic Field | Manchester, New Hampshire

How It Happened (G1)
Game one on Saturday afternoon didn’t see any runs until the fifth inning as both starting pitchers performed well in the early portion of the game. Junior captain Haley Currie(Burlington, Mass.) had a dominating performance on the mound for Merrimack, pitching a complete game and holding Saint Anselm scoreless until the bottom of the seventh inning, where they picked up their lone run of the contest.

The Warriors posted four hits in those first four scoreless innings, then proceeded to notch six more hits in the final three innings of the game where they scored their three runs. The first came in the top of the fifth thanks to an RBI double from Currie, who consistently finds ways to help her cause at the plate when pitching for Merrimack, giving the Warriors a 1-0 lead.

That lead would be stretched two to runs in the sixth after a leadoff single from junior Tamarra Crowe (North Bend, Wash.) was capitalized on by senior Brittany Razo(Anaheim, Calif.), doubling down the left field line to score Crowe. More insurance came in the seventh on a squeeze bunt from Currie following two hits to start the inning, putting Merrimack up 3-0.

The Hawks threatened in the bottom of the seventh inning with a leadoff home run to make it 3-1, but Currie locked in and recorded three straight outs to finish the complete game victory.

How It Happened (G2)
Game two got out to a much faster start, as Saint Anselm answered the game one loss quickly with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Hawks would pick up their three runs on three hits, but were in large part helped out by three errors in the field from the Warriors that led to all three runs in the innings being unearned for Saint Anselm.

The Warriors would manage one hit in the second, third and fourth innings each, including a single from Currie that nearly scored junior Mariah Tenney (Winchendon, Mass.)who was attempting to make it home from first on the single, but was unable to beat the tag at the plate as Merrimack remained scoreless.

Saint Anselm added their fourth run of the game in the fourth inning, following up a leadoff double with a single, but the run would again score on an error and go as unearned, making for the Hawks fourth unearned run and final run of the game.

The Warriors looked to get a late rally going in the seventh inning still trailing 4-0 after a walk and a pinch-hit double from freshman Emily Kurkul (Bridgewater, Mass.) put runners on second and third with one out. Junior captain Samantha Waskowtiz (Killingworth, Conn.) would follow that with a sacrifice fly to center to put Merrimack on the board, but it would be the only run they would tally.

Inside The Numbers

  • Currie’s final pitching line (G1): 7.0 IP, 5H, 1R, 1BB, 4K
  • Waskowitz stretched her impressive hit streak to nine games in game one on Saturday, but the junior unfortunately saw that streak snapped in game two, where she went 0-1 with a sac fly RBI. She was 15-for-28 (.535 avg) with 2 HR and 4 RBI during the streak.
  • The Warriors are now 3-5 in the Northeast Division and sit in sixth place, right behind Saint Anselm with a record of 4-4. With two wins over the Hawks tomorrow, Merrimack would jump Saint Anselm and sit fifth in the Division behind Assumption

Up Next
The Warriors return to the diamond at Saint Anselm tomorrow for another doubleheader with the Hawks beginning at noon.

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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