THE FIRST WIN
The Warriors started off the season later than some opponents, condensing the front of their schedule to keep the momentum going early for the young squad.
The program’s first Division I run came in dramatic fashion on February 21 against Manhattan, when Zoe Driscoll-Sbar tripled in the bottom of the sixth and was brought in on a sac fly by Tiffany Mangiameli. In the second game of the inaugural Division I day, Kelly Dovi went 2-for-4 with a double and the Warriors’ first home run of the season.
While Merrimack departed Madeira Beach, Fla. without the coveted first win, it was clear that the return in a few days would reap the results this well-connected group were looking for.
On March 6, the team returned to action in Florida with its first contests of the second trip against Holy Cross and St. Bonaventure.
The game was scoreless through five, as Bridget Soraghan traded outs with the Bonnies, tallying eight K’s on the day. St. Bonaventure got the first marks on the scoreboard, on a single with the bases loaded in the fifth.
Merrimack got the ball rolling in the top of the seventh, with freshman Viviana Bocanegra hitting a single up the middle. With Zoe Driscoll-Sbar pinch running, she stole second before advancing to third on a pass ball to set the Warriors up for a run. Elizabeth McCoy earned a walk to put runners on the corners with no outs. Nicole Koshes stepped up to bat, sailing a single in, bringing Driscoll-Sbar to score and bringing McCoy to third.
At the top of the order, Mangiameli was successful with a bunt single, bringing Koshes to second and loading the bases for the Warriors. Lucy Colarusso singled to third, bringing in McCoy for the tying run, advancing Mangiameli to second.
Kelly Dovi stepped up to bat, reaching on a fielding error at short to load the bases once again with Mangiameli at third and Colarusso at second. Rookie Gabby Comeau was unfazed with the situation, smacking a single to left to bring in Mangiameli for the Warriors first Division I win.