NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College softball team picked up the sweep against Northeast Division rival Saint Michael’s College on Saturday afternoon from Martone-Mejail Field in Northeast-10 Conference action. The Warriors took game one, 8-0, in six innings, before holding on for a 5-2 win in the second game. Senior Megan Cook pitched a pair of complete games, the second time in four games where she made back-to-back starts.
Score: Game 1: Merrimack 8, Saint Michael’s 0 | Final/6 innings
Score: Game 2: Merrimack 5, Saint Michael’s 2 | Final
Records: Merrimack (24-8, 11-5 NE10) | Saint Michael’s (6-16, 3-9 NE10)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.
Rapid Recap (Game One)
- After Cook started the game in the circle for Merrimack, it was her bat that gave the home team an early 1-0 lead in the first. After junior Nicole Nanof was hit by a pitch and stole second, Cook hit a two-out single to center, to score Nanof.
- The Warriors added their second run of the game in the third. Sophomore Tiffany Mangiameli singled, before moving to second on an error. She moved to third on a wild pitch, before senior Alyssa Williamson hit a sacrifice fly to center for a 2-0 Merrimack lead.
- Cook was strong on the mound. After a leadoff single to start the game, she did not allow a single hit the rest of the day. Merrimack scored three in the fifth to take a commanding 5-0 lead.
- The inning began with back-to-back singles by freshman Abigail Amato and junior Hannah Johnson. After a fielder’s choice, Nanof loaded the bases with a walk with one out. Williamson hit a RBI ground out to second, before Cook knocked in two runs on a two-out single.
- Merrimack scored three runs in the sixth to end the game, which ended with a RBI single by Nanof.
Rapid Recap (Game Two)
- Game two saw a strong pitching between Cook and her counterpart, Torie Rathwell, as they both cruised through the first two and a half innings.
- It was Merrimack again that struck first, this time in the third inning. After a leadoff single by Amato, Johnson knocked a triple down the right field line to bring in the game’s first run. After the next batter flew out, Johnson took advantage of the errant throw into the infield to score on the same play.
- Amato made it 3-0 in favor of the home team on a RBI double in the fourth, before the Warriors extended their lead to 5-0 in the fifth, thanks to Cook and freshman Luciellia Colarusso.
- The Purple Knights would not be shutout again, scoring two runs with two outs in the sixth. A single by Chandler Wilder started the rally. The next batter, Fallon Tierney singled to center, but the ball got away from the fielder, allowing Wilder to score all the way from first and putting Tierney at third. Rathwell plated Tierney with a double, but was stranded at second.
- Cook allowed a single hit in the seventh, before getting Danielle Brown to ground out to end the game.
Notes and Notables
- Game 1: WP – Cook (14-2) | LP – Danielle Brown (5-8)
- Cook’s Line: (6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K)
- Warriors have won 10 straight against the Purple Knights.
- Cook and Johnson were both the only two Merrimack players with two hits. It was Cook’s 11th multi-hit game of the season, while Johnson has had eight of them this year.
- Mangiemeli scored three runs, while stealing a base.
- Game 2: WP – Cook (15-2)| LP – Torie Rathwell (1-8)
- Cook’s line: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R 1 ER, 4 K
- Cook has 279 career strikeouts, which is sixth all-time in school history
- Cook extended her hitting streak to nine games and her on base streak to 13.
- Amato, Cook, and Williamson all had two hits in game two.
The Warriors are scheduled to play at Assumption on Wednesday, April 18 for two games beginning at 3 p.m. The third game of the series between Saint Michael’s and Merrimack was postponed on Sunday, April 15. No make up date has been announced.