ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – The #24 ranked Merrimack College softball team took game one of the series, winning 5-2, before suffering a 4-2 loss in the second game. The Warriors (12-2) are ranked 24th in the current National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association (NFCA) poll, while the Lions (10-9) were receiving votes towards the poll. It was a rematch of last season’s NCAA Division II East Region finals.
Game 1: #24 Merrimack 5, Molloy 2 | Final
Game 2: Molloy 4, #24 Merrimack 2 | Final
Location: RVC Sports Complex | Rockville Centre, N.Y.
Rapid Recap (Game 1)
- Merrimack ran into some trouble in the second. The Lions put runners on first and second with one out, but senior Megan Cookwas able to get a pair of groundouts to end the threat.
- After a pitching duel for the first three innings, junior Kristina Terrazzano gave the Warriors a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth. She sent a 1-0 pitch over the wall for her first-career home run.
- The Lions threatened again in the bottom of the fifth, loading the bases with one out. However, Cook got a force out at home, before getting a fly out to right field to end the inning.
- The Warriors added four runs in the top of the seventh. With runners on second and third and two outs, sophomore Tiffany Mangiameli reached first on a throwing error. That allowed both runners to score. After stealing second, junior Hannah Johnson sent a single to right, that brought home Mangiameli. Johnson scored after junior Caitlin McBride reached on an error.
- The Lions would not go quietly, as they scored a pair of runs on a two-out home run by Courtney Greene. However, Cook got the final out on a pop up to end the game.
Rapid Recap (Game 2)
- The Lions struck first in the bottom of the second with three runs. After senior pitcher Courtney Zambello hit the leadoff batter Sarah Rambo to start the second, Rambo moved to second on a wild pitch. Chrissy Heyer singled to left field, before advancing to second on a throwing error, allowing Rambo to score. Heyer came around to score on a RBI single by Brianna Dalton. Dalton then scored on a two-out single.
- The Warriors answered in the top of the second, getting a run back. Mangiameli reached after being hit by a pitch. She stole second, before senior Alyssa Williamson reached on an error, allowing the sophomore to score from second. The Lions added a run in the fourth to take a 4-1 lead.
- The Warriors would not quit. After a leadoff double to begin the seventh by Cook, pinch runner senior Breanna Dupuis moved to third on a single. Mangiameli reached on an infield single to shortstop, scoring Dupuis from third. Merrimack loaded the bases, but Lions’ starter Tonianne Larson struck out McBride to end the game.
- Larson picked up the complete game victory, scattering seven hits, allowing just two runs, one earned and struck out four.
Notes and Notables
- Game 1: WP – Megan Cook (6-0) | LP – Jenna Turato (5-6)
- Cook’s Line: (7 IP, 8H, 2 R, 2 ER 2 BB, 5 K)
- Three different players had multi-hit games.
- Cook has pitched five complete games this year
- Terrazzano hit her first-career home run.
- Game 2: WP – Larson (4-1) | LP –Zambello (3-1)
- Zambello’s line: (6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K)
- Mangiameli has reached base in all 14 games this season. Williamson extended her hitting streak to seven games. Cook and Williamson have each reached base in the last seven games.
The Warriors will play against Bentley on Wednesday, March 21 with a doubleheader in Northeast-10 Conference action. Game one is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start.