MINNEOLA, Fl. – The Merrimack College softball team put on a show in its last day in Florida, taking down #16 Wayne State before falling in walk-off fashion to Millersville. After a 2-0 shutout victory in game one, the Warriors took a late lead in the top of the seventh inning, scoring three runs before falling 8-7.
Sophomore Bridget Soraghan pitched her best game of the season, allowing just one hit through seven innings in Merrimack’s victory over Wayne State.
Score: Game 1: Merrimack 2, #16 Wayne State | Final
Score: Game 2: Millersville 8, Merrimack 7 | Final
Location: Minneola Softball Complex | Minneola, Fl.
Rapid Recap (Game One)
- It was a pitcher’s duel early, but senior Nicole Nanof got the Warriors on the board first. With runners on first and third, a deep fly ball to left field scored freshman Jenna Bradish for the game’s first run. The Warriors nearly got another on a Jen Hutnyan single, but sophomore Abby Amato was thrown out at home.
- The Warriors tacked on another run in the bottom of the fifth. With Tiffany Mangiameli on second, Kelly Dovi dropped a single into left field; Mangiameli’s speed around third drew an off-target throw home, giving Merrimack a 2-0 advantage.
- Wayne State hit the ball every at-bat, but starter Bridget Soraghan weathered all seven innings, giving up just one hit.
Rapid Recap (Game Two)
- Millersville opened things up in the bottom of the first. After a leadoff single and a walk, Faith Willenbrock homered to dead center, giving the Marauders a 3-0 lead.
- Merrimack clawed into the box score in the top of the third. With Mangiameli, Johnson, and Dovi aboard, sophomore Lucy Colarusso launched a ball off the left field fence, scoring two and pulling the Warriors within one. Hutnyan continued her fantastic day at the plate, driving in Dovi from second with two outs to even the score.
- Willenbrock struck again in the bottom of the third. With one aboard, she took starter Melanie DeAlmeida deep for the second time, giving the Marauders a 5-3 advantage. Maggie Murphy tacked on another one batter later with a solo bomb to straightaway center.
- Merrimack got one back in the top of the fourth. Emily Kurkul led the inning off with a monster shot to left field, bringing the Warriors within two. Singles put runners on second and third, and with a deep fly ball to left field, a controversial call led to Mangiameli leaving early at third, ending the inning on a double play.
- Merrimack fought hard in the top of the seventh, tying the game with two outs. After putting runners on second and third, Colarusso slammed a ball to left field, scoring Mangiameli from third. Caitlin McBride followed suit with a laser to left, scoring Johnson with ease to make it a 6-6 ballgame. Nicole Nanof then drove in Nicole Koshes with a shot off the fence, giving Merrimack a one-run lead.
- Millersville walked off in the bottom of the seventh. A base knock with two outs set the scene, and Rebecca Blatt struck a no-doubter over the fence in center field, ending the game with an 8-7 final.
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