The Merrimack College softball team completed its five-game weekend in the annual Snowbird Softball Freeze Out tournament Sunday afternoon, splitting with Lock Haven and Felician and returning home with a 4-1 record.
Jenna Wike pitched five innings of relief and senior Hannah Johnson knocked in two runs during Merrimack’s 3-1 opening win over Lock Haven. Felician struck early and often in game two, and despite five runs from the Warriors, handed Merrimack its first loss of the season, 11-5.
Score: Game 1: Merrimack 3, Lock Haven 1 | Final
Score: Game 2: Felician 11, Merrimack 5 | Final
Location: Market Commons Complex | Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Rapid Recap (Game One)
- Lock Haven struck first in the top half of the second, loading the bases. After a leadoff single, two walks loaded the bases; another walk scored Amanda Criss from third, but a hard hit ball to third base was handled easily, getting Merrimack out of the inning with just one run allowed.
- Merrimack strung together a handful of hits to not just get on the board, but take the lead in the bottom of the fifth. After two quick outs, sophomore Kelly Dovi reached on a double to left-center. Junior Tiffany Mangiameli reached on an infield single and stole second, and senior Hannah Johnsonripped a single into right field, scoring two. Senior Nicole Nanof drove a ball deep into the right-center gap; the hit was misplayed, allowing Nanof to reach and scoring Johnson from first to give the Warriors a 3-1 lead.
Rapid Recap (Game Two)
- Felician got the bats going early in game two, putting up two runs on the Warriors in the top of the second. Steph Donah hit a double to deep left-center, scoring Mia Montoya from second. Donah scored a batter later, after a fielder’s choice led to a bad throw at third. With two runners on, C.J. Apacible drove a ball into right field, giving Felician a 4-0 lead. Nicole Spiegelberg made it 6-0 a batter later, doubling down the right field line before the Warriors got out of the inning.
- With the bases loaded in the bottom of the second, Merrimack got on the board. Elizabeth McCoy singled up the middle, scoring Luciella Colarusso from third. Mangiameli grounded out to second one batter later, getting an RBI to make it 6-2. Johnson picked up her third RBI of the day, knocking in freshman Danielle Carmody to cut the lead in half. With Nanof at the plate and two outs, Johnson stole second; she baited the throw, and McCoy took off from third, scoring the fourth Warrior run of the inning.
- Felician got two more in the top of the fifth. After a pair of singles and a sacrifice bunt, Apacible picked up two more RBI with a single through the middle.
- Merrimack got a run back in the bottom of the fifth. After Colarusso doubled, Jenna Bradish came in to pinch run; she reached third on a single by Danielle Carmody. Carmody was thrown out trying to advance to second, but two batters later, Bradish touched the plate on a wild pitch to make it an 8-5 score.
- Felician added to its lead once again in the top of the sixth. A pair of walks and a pass ball put runners on second and third, and a wild pitch allowed Apacible to score her third run of the game to make it 9-5. One batter later, Spiegelberg picked up her third RBI with a single, making it a five run lead. Two more walks loaded the bases, and a fielder’s choice RBI from Donah pushed another across before a groundout ended the inning.
Notes and Notables
- Game 1: WP – Jenna Wike (2-0) | LP – Bekah Slattery (0-4)
- Wike’s Line: (1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K)
- Game 2: WP – Martarina Crumb (1-1)| LP – Bryana Michitson (0-1)
- Crumb’s line: 7.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
The Warriors’ home opener is Saturday, February 23rd, playing Bridgeport in a double header. First pitch is set for 10 a.m.