WORCESTER, Mass. – Holding a two-run lead after five innings, the Merrimack College softball team added five insurance runs in the last two frames en route to a 9-3 road victory at Assumption on Wednesday afternoon.
Links: Box Score
Score: Merrimack 9, Assumption 3
Records: Merrimack (10-12, 3-1 NE. Div.) | Assumption (10-7, 2-3 NE-10)
Location: Rooftop Field | Worcester, Mass.
How It Happened
Merrimack scored early to stake an early lead and never trailed from there on out, as the Warriors picked up their third win in four divisional games while battling cold, blustery and somewhat rainy conditions on Wednesday afternoon.
Sophomore Haley Currie (Burlington, Mass.), who started the game on the mound for the Warriors, helped her own cause with an RBI single to right in the top of the first that brought in classmate Mariah Tenney (Winchendon, Mass.), and later in the frame, senior Lindsay Gibbs (Acton, Mass.) plated freshman Breanna Dupuis (Saint Albans, Vt.) with a bases-loaded walk to put the visitors in front, 2-0, after a half inning.
Assumption slashed the lead in half with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first, but three innings later, sophomore Kaleigh Finigan (Medford, Mass.) added to the Warrior lead with an RBI base knock to center to score classmate Samantha Waskowitz (Killingworth, Conn.), and an inning later, senior Courtney Ulak (Rehoboth, Mass.) laced another run-scoring single up the middle to drive in classmate Becca Armstrong (Methuen, Mass.), to put the Warriors ahead by a 4-1 margin.
After Assumption got one back in the home half of the fifth, Merrimack blew it open with a three-spot in the sixth and two more in the seventh; Currie did most of the damage with a two-RBI single and then scored on a wild pitch in the top of the sixth.
Down by seven, the Greyhounds mustered just one more run in the bottom of the seventh before freshman Megan Cook (Bellingham, Mass.) recorded the final out to give the Warriors their fourth win in five tries.
Inside The Numbers
- Currie (5-3) picked up the win after allowing only one earned run over five innings with three strikeouts; Cook went two innings in relief while yielding just two hits
- Currie’s three RBIs led the side, as the sophomore finished 2-for-4 with a run scored; Waskowitz, meanwhile, led all players with a 3-for-4 showing at the plate with two doubles and also scored three of Merrimack’s nine runs
- Tenney was perfect in three stolen base attempts, as the Warriors swiped six bags total on Wednesday
- As a team, Merrimack outhit Assumption by an 11-7 margin
Merrimack will visit Stonehill on Friday (April 10) for a makeup doubleheader beginning at 2:30 p.m. After that, the Warriors are scheduled to host Southern New Hampshire on Saturday (April 11) and Le Moyne on Sunday (April 12) for the team’s first home games of the season. First pitch each day is set for 12 p.m.