NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College softball program split Wednesday’s doubleheader against Bentley, dropping game one by a 3-2 final before exploding for 11 hits in game two, winning 5-1. Senior Melanie DeAlmeida went the distance in game two, earning her second straight victory in complete-game fashion.
Score: Game 1: Bentley 3, Merrimack 2 | Final
Score: Game 2: Merrimack 5, Bentley 1 | Final
Location: Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.
Rapid Recap (Game One)
- Merrimack got things going in the bottom of the first inning. With junior Tiffany Mangiameli on third, a grounder to the left side of the infield from Lucy Colarusso scored the game’s first run.
- Bentley struck back, scoring two in the top of the second. Bases loaded singles from Kaleigh SeraFini and Stacy Korotsky gave the visitors a 2-1 lead.
- Again in the second, Merrimack was able to find the scoreboard. With Kelly Dovi on second base, senior Kristina Terrazzano dropped a single into right field, scoring the equalizer.
- Bentley took the lead back in the top of the fifth inning. With runners on the corners, Gabby Casalino ripped a ball through the infield, giving the Falcons a 3-2 lead.
Rapid Recap (Game Two)
- Merrimack exceeded its hit total in game one in the bottom half of the first inning in game two, Mangiameli and senior Hannah Johnson singled. After a double steal, Abby Amato hit a double to right field, giving the Warriors a 2-0 lead. Colarusso followed suit with an RBI double to right-center field before Bentley got out of the inning.
- Scoring stopped until the bottom of the fifth inning. With two outs, a single by Caitlin McBride scored Mangiameli from third, giving the Warriors a 5-0 advantage.
- The Falcons got one back in the bottom of the seventh, spoiling DeAlmeida’s second-straight shutout win. A grounder on the right side of the infield from Gabby Casalino scored Kaleigh Sanafini from third.
Notes and Numbers
- Game 1: WP – Elise Pereira (1-5) | LP – Bryana Michitson (1-5)
Pereira’s line: (7 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 K)
- Game 2: WP Melanie Dealmeida – (2-1)| LP – Kayleigh Fitzpatrick (5-3)
- Dealmeida’s line: ( 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 6 BB, 2 K)
The Warriors are back on the turf of Martone-Mejail Field for a non-divisional doubleheader against Saint Rose. First pitch is slated for 12 p.m.