NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College softball program utilized an Abigail Amato walk-off single in game two of Saturday’s doubleheader, helping the program split with Saint Anselm in a much-anticipated divisional series. After an extra inning 2-1 defeat, the Warriors bounced back, riding a six-inning gem from senior starter Melanie DeAlmeida and a two-for-four performance by Amato to secure the nightcap with a 3-2 final.
Score: Game 1: Saint Anselm 2, Merrimack 1| Final/8
Score: Game 2: Merrimack 3, Saint Anselm 2 | Final
Location: Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.
Rapid Recap (Game One)
- As expected, it was a pitcher’s duel in game one, but Saint Anselm lit the scoreboard first in the fourth inning. After Maggie Murphy reached on an error and stole second, Jordan O’Connor picked up the first Hawks hit of the game with an RBI single up the middle.
- Merrimack tied it up in the bottom of the fourth. After a leadoff triple from sophomore Abby Amato, sophomore Lucy Colarusso laid down a perfect squeeze bunt, scoring Amato and giving the Warriors its first run of the game.
- It took extra innings before either side scored again. With one on in the top of the eighth, Lauren Washburn hit a ground-rule double, scoring Shannon Colson to give the Hawks a 2-1 advantage.
Rapid Recap (Game Two)
- The Warriors got on the board early, scoring twice before the first recorded out in the bottom of the first. Infield singles from Tiffany Mangiameli and senior Hannah Johnson set the scene, and after a pair of stolen bases, Amato picked up the RBI on a fielder’s choice. With Johnson on third, Caitlin McBride drove a ball to deep left field, allowing for the tag-up and the second run of the inning.
- It took six innings, but it wasn’t a surprise that Saint Anselm found the scoreboard, tying things up in the top of the sixth. With runners on second and third, Maggie Murphy hit a rocket to the right side of the infield; first baseman Jenna Wike made an outstanding play, diving to her right and flipping the ball to a covering Kelly Dovi at first base, but the run from third cut the lead in half. Lauren Washburn followed up with a single up the middle, tying the game at two.
- Merrimack scored the third and final run of the game with one out in the bottom of the seventh, walking-off at home for the second time this season. With Zoe Driscoll-Sbar on second, Amato singled up the middle; there was a collision at the plate, but Driscoll-Sbar was able to touch the plate before she was tagged, giving the Warriors the nightcap victory.
Notes and Numbers
- Game 1: WP – Morgan Perry (13-5) | LP – Jenna Wike (4-5)
- Perry’s line: (8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K)
- Game 2: WP Melanie DeAlmeida – (3-2) | LP – McKenna Smith (4-3)
- DeAlmeida’s line: ( 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 1 K)
The Warriors are back at home tomorrow for game three against the Hawks; first pitch is slated for 12 p.m.