WORCESTER, Mass. – Trailing by two in the top of the seventh, the Merrimack College softball program battled down to the wire Thursday evening, tying the game in the final frame before scoring four runs in the eighth inning to take both the game and the series from Assumption, 12-8. Merrimack poured on 14 hits against the red-hot Greyhounds, who took 11 of its last 12 before Thursday’s defeat.
It was the best offensive team performance of the season for the Warriors, with every position player recording a hit. Senior Kristina Terrazzano led the way, recording four RBI in the victory.
Score: Merrimack 12, Assumption 8 | Final
Location: Marois Field | Worcester, Mass.
- Needing to bounce back after Tuesday’s defeat, it was senior Kristina Terrazzano who helped plate the first Merrimack runs of the game. With two on and one out, Terrazzano drove a double to left-center, giving the Warriors a 2-0 advantage in the top half of the second.
- Assumption struck back in the bottom of the third inning. Alyssa Beaton reached on a fielder’s choice with the bases loaded, and an errant throw allowed the Greyhounds to tie the game. Then, with runners on second and third, Kayla Peabody reached on a fielder’s choice, allowing the runner at third to touch the plate.
- Merrimack took the lead back half an inning later. With the bases loaded, freshman Bryana Michitson and junior Tiffany Mangiameli drew walks, giving the Warriors a 4-3 lead.
- Another lead change in the bottom of the fourth saw Assumption retake the lead in demanding fashion. With runners on second and third, Haley Drakoulakos singled to left field, tying the game. Beaton then lifted a ball to deep left field, scoring the fifth Greyhound run of the evening. With two outs in the inning, the Warriors were nearly out of the jam until Kayla Peabody uncorked her second homer of the year – a two-run blast – to give Assumption a 7-4 lead.
- Merrimack lit the scoreboard once more in the top of the sixth inning. With two on and no outs, Mangiameli blooped a single over the third baseman’s head, scoring the fifth Warrior run of the game. Then, with runners on the corners, a fielder’s choice RBI from sophomore Abby Amato pulled the Warriors within one.
- Beaton and the Greyhounds struck again in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring a much-needed insurance run late in the game. With a runner on second, Beaton tagged a double down the left field line, making it an 8-6 ballgame.
- Merrimack’s no-quit attitude set up for an exciting seventh inning. Trailing by two, Merrimack clawed into the game, stringing together a pair of hits early. After a Lucy Colarusso double, Kelly Dovi moved her to third with a groundout. Nicole Nanof was hit by a pitch, and Terrazzano delivered once again; an RBI groundout brought Merrimack within one and put Nanof on second. Freshman reliever Jenna Wike needed to help herself out, and with two outs and the bat in her hand, delivered a clutch single to score Nanof, tying the game at eight apiece.
- The Warriors saw an opportunity and exploded offensively in the top of the eighth inning. Senior Hannah Johnson led off, singling through the left side of the infield and made it to third on a double from Abby Amato. Senior Caitlin McBride then delivered an RBI single, giving the Warriors a one-run lead. With two on and still nobody out, an RBI single from Lucy Colarusso made it 10-8. With the bases loaded, an absolute rocket from Nicole Nanof led to a sacrifice fly to dead center; not only did the run score, but Colarusso and Kelly Dovi tagged up, moving two more runners in scoring position. Terrazzano laid down a sacrifice bunt, scoring Colarusso from third before the Greyhounds finally got out of the inning, trailing by four runs.
Notes and Numbers
- WP – Jenna Wike (6-3) | LP – Erin Berry (2-5)
- Wike’s Line: (4.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 0 K)
The Warriors are back home Saturday, hosting Saint Anselm for a pair. First pitch for game one is set for 12 p.m.