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Saint Anselm Ends Merrimack’s Season in NCAA Softball Regional Final

photo: Merrimack Athletics

MANCHESTER, N.H.  – The seventh seeded Merrimack College softball team fell short of the 2018 NCAA Division II Championship Super Regionals, dropping a 4-3 decision to the second seeded Saint Anselm College Hawks, on Saturday morning in the East 2 Region finals. The Warriors conclude their season with a 33-16 mark, while the Hawks advance to the 2018 NCAA Division II Softball Championships Super Regionals next week.

The Basics
Game 6 Score: 
#2 Saint Anselm 4, #7 Merrimack 3 | Final
Records: #7 Merrimack (33-16) | #2 Saint Anselm (39-10-1)
Location: South Athletic Fields | Manchester, N.H.

2018 NCAA Division II Softball Championship Regional Bracket:

East 1 Region (May 10-12)
Game 1: #8 Caldwell 13, #1 Adelphi* 6 / Final
Game 2: #5 Le Moyne 1, #4 LIU Post, 3 / Final

Game 3: #8 Caldwell 2, #4 LIU Post, 10 / Final (5 Innings).
Game 4: #5 Le Moyne 1, #1 Adelphi*, 3 / Final
Game 5: #8 Caldwell 3, #1 Adelphi*, 4 / Final (10 Innings)

Game 6: #1 Adelphi* vs. #4 LIU Post, 12 p.m. / Saturday, May 12
Game 7 (If Necessary): 2:30 p.m. / Saturday, May 12

East 2 Region (May 10-12)
Game 1: #7 Merrimack 2, #2 Saint Anselm* 3 / Final

Game 2: #6 Pace 2, #3 Southern N.H., 3 / Final

Game 3: #3 Southern N.H. 1, #2 Saint Anselm*, 3 / Final
Game 4: #7 Merrimack 1 #6 Pace, 0 / Final
Game 5: #7 Merrimack 4, #3 Southern N.H. 3 / Final | 8 Innings

Game 6: #7 Merrimack 3, #2 Saint Anselm* 4 / Final

*Denotes Host Institution

Rapid Recap

  • The Warriors wasted little time to take the lead. After senior Alyssa Williamson doubled in junior Nicole Nanof with one out in the first, senior Megan Cook followed up with a two-run blast to left field to give Merrimack a 3-0 lead.
  • The Hawks got a run back in the second. After a Lauren Washburn doubled, Shannon McLaughlin knocked her in with a double down the right field line.
  • Saint Anselm again threatened in the third. Amanda Bickford singled to start the inning, before moving to second on a fielding error. She advanced to third on a ground out. However, some nice defense by freshman Luciellia Colarusso and a strikeout by Cook ended the inning.
  • The Hawks took the lead in the fourth, scoring three runs all with two outs. With runners on first and second, Madison Borelli singled to left field, scoring Washburn. Bickford came up with the big hit for the Hawks, hitting a two-run double to deep left field to give her team a 4-3 lead.
  • Merrimack had a huge opportunity in the bottom of the fourth, loading the bases with two outs. However, Hawks starter Morgan Perry got a strikeout to get out of the jam.
  • The Warriors had a final chance in the bottom of the seventh. They had the tying run at second and winning run at first. However, Perry induced a pop up into foul territory to get the final out of the game.

Notes and Notables

  • WP – Morgan Perry (21-4) | LP – Cook (25-7)
  • Cook’s Line: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER 3 BB, 2 K
  • Cook pitched her 29th complete game of the year.
  • Nanof and Williamson extended their hitting streaks to four games.
  • Cook had two hits, including her second home run of the season.
  • Williamson tied her single-season career high knocking in her 29th run of the season.
  • Cook wrapped up her career with a 43-24 record, and 359 strikeouts, including a single-season program record of 188 this season. She is sixth all-time on the all-time strikeout list.
  • Williamson tied Heather Faria ’00 for fifth on the single-season hits list with 71 this year.
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