MADEIRA BEACH, Fla. – The Merrimack College softball program took the diamond for the second day of the Spring Games this weekend in Madeira Beach, Fla. The Warriors battled the Big Red of Cornell and the Great Dane of Albany in Saturday’s action.
To start the day, Merrimack used a six-run sixth inning to nearly erase a seven-run deficit against Cornell before falling, 10-6. Merrimack then playing Albany tightly at 1-0 before the Great Danes pulled away late.
The Warriors compete in their final day of play at the Spring Games tomorrow when Merrimack faces South Dakota at 9 a.m. followed by Providence College at 11:30 a.m.
Score (G1): Cornell 10, Merrimack 6
Score (G2): Albany 6, Merrimack 0
Records: Merrimack (0-4) | Cornell (2-1) | Albany (2-2)
Location: Madeira Beach R.O.C. Complex | Madeira Beach, Fla.
Rapid Recap (Game 1):
- Merrimack placed two runners on base in the top of the first, but could not score. Freshman Courtney Lanpher started the game for the Warriors, and allowed one run to score in the bottom half of the first to give Cornell a 1-0 lead
- Albany scored three times in the third and three times in the fourth to create its 7-0 advantage.
- In the top of the sixth, Merrimack put forth its best offensive performance of the day. Base hits for Kelly Dovi and Abigail Amato put runners in scoring position, and an error at shortstop loaded the bases with only one out. Two batters later and with two down, senior Tiffany Mangiameli slapped a single through the right side to score one run. Lanpher followed up with a RBI single as well, bringing Dovi back to bat as the Warriors batted around in the inning. The junior captain dropped in a single herself into right field that plated two more baserunners, leaving the Warriors down one run, 7-6
- The rally ended there
Rapid Recap (Game 2):
- In the circle, Bridget Soraghan was key early, earning six strikeouts through four innings for the Warriors, with five of the six strikeouts swinging.
- The top of the fifth proved too much for Merrimack, as Albany bunted aboard, pushing the infielders. Albany would end the inning with a 6-0 lead.
- Merrimack’s only run of the night would come in the bottom of the sixth after freshman Courtney Lanpher tripled aboard and was brought in by a single by Lucy Colarusso.
Merrimack continues its run of play in The Spring Games on Sunday, Feb. 23 with games against South Dakota at 9 a.m. and Providence at 11:30 a.m.
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