MINNEOLA, Fl. – The Merrimack College softball team turned things around Tuesday afternoon, picking up two key wins in day four of The Spring Games against Charleston and Fairmont State. After an 8-1 victory in game one, the Warriors battled all seven innings against Fairmont State, using key defensive plays late in the game to walk away with a 6-5 win.
Senior Caitlin McBride had a monster day at the plate, going five-for-seven with two doubles and four RBI to help the Warriors pull within a game of .500 (6-7 overall).
Score: Game 1: Merrimack 8, Charleston 1 | Final
Score: Game 2: Merrimack 6, Fairmont State 5 | Final
Location: Minneola Softball Complex | Minneola, Fl.
Rapid Recap (Game One)
- Merrimack struck first in the top half of the first inning. Senior Hannah Johnson led off with a single and was advanced to second on a Kelly Dovisacrifice bunt. Lucy Colarusso then singled to put runners on the corners, and Caitlin McBride singled to right field, scoring Johnson from third.
- Charleston threatened in the bottom of the second after two singles and a sacrifice bunt. With two in scoring position and only one out, a line drive was smoked right to Dovi; she caught it at head level and touched second for the unassisted double play to end the inning.
- Merrimack added onto its lead in the top of the third inning. Tiffany Mangiameli led off with a single and was pushed to second on a Dovi sacrifice bunt. After a Lucy Colarusso walk, McBride delivered again; a hard hit single to left scored Mangiameli from second, giving Merrimack a 2-0 advantage.
- Another five Warrior runs touched the plate in the top of the fourth. With two outs, Mangiameli reached on an error and took second. Johnson followed with a single to right field, scoring the speedy Mangiameli from second. McBride added another RBI, and multiple two-out errors from the Charleston defense made it 7-0.
- After 5+ innings of dominant pitching from Bridget Soraghan, freshman Jenna Wike came on in relief with two aboard. After surrendering a walk, an RBI groundout from Haleigh Christopher put Charleston on the board.
Rapid Recap (Game Two)
- Fairmont State played as the visitors in game two, and scored in the top of the first inning. After a leadoff error put Haley McDaniel on third, starter Mel DeAlmeida walked the second batter. With runners on the corners, catcher Caitlin McBride threw out the runner at second, allowing McDaniel to score. DeAlmeida attacked the next two batters, getting out of it with just one unearned run.
- The visitors doubled its lead in the top of the second inning. After loading the bases, McDaniel grounded out to the right side of the infield, allowing the team’s second run to score.
- Merrimack used a Fairmont State error to cut the lead in half. After a McBride double, a two-out error on a Jen Hutnyan fly ball scored McBride, making it 2-1 after two innings.
- The Falcons tacked on another in the top of the third, and had chances to add more if it wasn’t for the arm of McBride. After a single and an RBI double from Kaitlin Foltz, McBride gunned out Foltz trying to take third. Then, after Kadi Cosgrove walked, McBride threw her out from her knees as she attempted to steal second.
- Merrimack clawed back in the bottom of the third, cutting the deficit back to just one run. Abby Amato drove in Colarusso and put McBride on second with two outs in the inning. Kristina Terrazzano ripped a single one batter later, but couldn’t score McBride; a baserunning blunder in between second and third ended the frame.
- Merrimack took its first lead of the game in the bottom of the fourth. After Hutnyan drove a ball to deep left field, sophomore Zoe Driscoll-Sbarsingled; both then advanced on a pass ball. Mangiameli ripped a ball that snuck through the left side of the infield, scoring both runs and giving the Warriors a 4-3 lead.
- Fairmont State stole the lead once more in the top of the fifth. A two-RBI double sent to deep left-center field was credited to Darby Petersen, giving the Falcons a 5-4 lead.
- Merrimack used two more errors to retake the lead in the bottom of the sixth. With two on and two outs, Dovi’s ground ball to the left side of the infield, but an overthrow to first scored both runs, giving the Warriors a 6-5 advantage.
- Merrimack relief pitcher Jenna Wike ran into some trouble in the top of the seventh, putting a runner on third with two outs. With the tying runner at third, a rocket was hit to the left of Colarusso at third base; a full-extension dive knocked the ball down, and a laser throw from her knees got the runner out at first.
Notes and Numbers
- Game 1: WP – Bridget Soraghan (2-1) | LP – C. Turner (0-1)
- Soraghan’s line: (5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K)
- Game 2: WP Jenna Wike – (2-2)| LP – Darby Petersen (0-1)
- Wike’s line: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
The Warriors are off Wednesday before returning to action Thursday morning, taking on Sioux Falls and Minnesota-Duluth. First pitch is set for 11:45 a.m.