MADEIRA BEACH, Fla. – The Merrimack College softball program took the diamond for the third day of the Spring Games this weekend in Madeira Beach, Fla. The Warriors battled the Providence College Friars and the University of South Dakota Coyotes.
To start the day, Merrimack rallied for a three run third inning but couldn’t overcome the early lead by Providence. In the second contest of the afternoon, South Dakota pounced for a five run fifth inning to capture a victory.
Score (G1): Providence 13, Merrimack 3 (5 inn.)
Score (G2): South Dakota 9, Merrimack 0 (5 inn.)
Records: Merrimack (0-6) | Providence (3-7) | South Dakota (8-8)
Location: Madeira Beach R.O.C. Complex | Madeira Beach, Fla.
Rapid Recap (Game 1):
- Providence led off the game with a home run, giving the Friars a lead that would compound on the afternoon. A walk would come in to score to end the first inning with a 2-0 lead for PC.
- Providence tacked on with an eight run burst in the third inning for a 10-0 lead.
- Merrimack responded in the fourth, with Kelly Dovi earning a leadoff single to right field, and was followed by Lucy Colarusso with a single to right to put two on. Abigail Amato laced a double down the left field line to bring in Dovi from second. Two more runs were tacked on by a double for Zoe Driscoll-Sbar to push the three run output for the inning, bringing home Colarusso and Amato.
- Providence would counter the Warriors offense with three runs of their own, ended the game in the fifth.
Rapid Recap (Game 2):
- South Dakota hopped on the board in the bottom of the first, working a walk and stolen base into scoring position, before another walk and single brought in the first run. A double brought in two for the Coyotes, before a single brought in the third run of the inning.
- Teams remained scoreless, with the Warriors earning hits from Tiffany Mangiameli, Colarusso, Amato and Jennifer Hutnyan.
- In the bottom of the fifth, South Dakota would roll for five runs. A trio of walks loaded the bases before a hit by pitch brought in the first run of the inning. After scoring on a wild pitch, a single would bring in the fifth run of the inning and the 8-0 final.
Merrimack will return to Florida to start another stretch of competition in Madeira Beach, opening against Holy Cross and St. Bonaventure on March 6.
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