Merrimack’s offense explodes in win over Saint Michael’s

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.  – Junior Tiffany Mangiameli and senior Hannah Johnson went a combined 7-10 with six runs and three RBI Sunday morning, as the Merrimack College softball program took game three from Saint Michael’s winning by a final of 10-5. The Warriors, who set a season-high with 16 hits, are now 3-1 in divisional play, improving to 12-14 overall.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 10
, Saint Michael’s 5| Final
Location: Martone Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.

Rapid Recap

  • Merrimack scored its first run before Saint Michael’s could record the game’s first out. After Tiffany Mangiameli singled, Hannah Johnsonlaid down a bunt that was misplayed by the third baseman. With runners on first and third, a double steal allowed Mangiameli to score. One batter later, Caitlin McBride dropped a single to score Johnson from second. A single from Kristina Terrazzano scored McBride, and the Warriors took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the first.
  • Saint Michael’s responded in the bottom of the first. With two outs and a runner on third, Fallon Tierney knocked a ball into left field, making it 3-1.
  • Saint Michael’s worked itself back into the game in the bottom of the third. After two walks and a single, a bases-loaded walk issued to Danielle Markowski made it a 3-2 game. Then, a single to left field from Maggie Welling scored two, giving the Saint Michael’s its first lead.
  • The Warriors scored once more in the top of the fourth. Mangiameli’s infield single and stolen base put her in scoring position with two down, and Johnson drove her in with an RBI single to make it 4-4.
  • Merrimack took the lead in exciting fashion in the top of the fifth. With senior Kristina Terrazzano on third, senior Emily Kurkul dropped down the perfect bunt to score the fifth Warrior run. Pinch-hitter Jen Hutnyan followed her lead with a sacrifice fly two batters later, making it 6-4.
  • With two outs in the top of the six, Merrimack added to its lead once more. Johnson singled and stole second before Abby Amato’s single drove her in, making it 7-4.
  • Another two-out rally added runs for the Warriors. With runners on second and third, a bases-clearing triple from Johnson made it 9-4. Lucy Colarusso singled one batter later, scoring Johnson for the team’s 10th run.
  • Saint Michael’s refused to go away, and tacked on one more run in the bottom of the seventh; Rathwell doubled to left for the second time of the game, scoring a runner from second.

Notes and Numbers

  • WP – Wike (5-1) | LP – Torie Rathwell (2-9)
  • Wike’s Line: (4.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K)

Up Next:
The Warriors are back at home Wednesday, April 3, taking on Bentley for a doubleheader. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m.

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