NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College softball program earned its first mercy-rule win of the season Sunday afternoon, taking game two of its doubleheader with Le Moyne.
The Warriors nearly stole game one, scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh – all with two outs – but fell just short, losing 7-6. In game two, the Warriors capitalized on four walks and three errors by producing eight timely hits to walk away with a 9-1 victory.
Senior Hannah Johnson had a monster day at the plate, going four-for-seven with four RBI and three runs scored.
Score: Game 1: Le Moyne 7, Merrimack 6| Final
Score: Game 2: Merrimack 9, Le Moyne 1 | Final/5
Location: Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.
Rapid Recap (Game One)
- Le Moyne opened up the scoring with no outs in the top of the first inning. After two singles, Peyton Bellrose dropped a single into left field to score the first run. Aubrie Williams then stole third and scored when the attempted pickoff attempt went into left field.
- Merrimack got one back in the bottom of the frame. Senior Hannah Johnson walked with one out to set up Abby Amato, who one-hopped the left field fence and scored Johnson with ease.
- Le Moyne went quiet in the second, but tacked on more in the third inning. With a runner at second, an errant throw to first during Aubrie William’s at-bat allowed the third run to score. A sacrifice fly by Chelsie Delpuruto one batter later made it 4-1.
- Merrimack got one back in the bottom of the third inning. Amato tripled to leadoff, and scored a batter later on a passed ball.
- Le Moyne’s offense was on full display once more in the fourth inning. Singles from Lauren Zazzaro and Jillian McManus set up an RBI double from Ally Nicolosi. Peyton Bellrose followed suit two batters later, scoring the game’s sixth run.
- Johnson took credit for the third Warrior run of the game, cutting the lead in half with an RBI in the fourth inning. After Nicole Nanof singled and stole second, Johnson drove a ball through the right side of the infield to plate the team’s third run.
- The Doplhins tacked on another run in the top of the seventh inning. Kaleigh LaForce led off with a triple, and came around to score on a single to shallow left from Olivia Littman.
- Merrimack didn’t give up, taking the game down to the wire. The Warriors loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, and Tiffany Mangiameli forced an error at shortstop to score the team’s fourth run. Johnson again came up clutch, dropping a single into center to score two more, but the Warriors couldn’t find the tying run.
Rapid Recap (Game Two)
- The Warriors got on the board early, scoring multiple times in the bottom of the first. Mangiameli reached on an error and stole second before Johnson’s RBI single made it 1-0. Johnson later took third and home on pass balls before Lucy Colarusso singled. Sophomore Kelly Dovi picked up her second RBI double of the season, making it 3-0. An error at first base allowed Dovi to score before the Dolphins got out of the inning.
- Le Moyne answered back in the top of the second. An RBI double from Maddy DeRita gave the Dolphins its first run of the game.
- Merrimack poured in on once more in the bottom of the second. With the bases loaded, a sacrifice fly from Amato scored Nanof from third. Singles from Kelly Dovi and Lucy Colarusso added a pair, and the Warriors took a 7-1 advantage into the third inning.
- After a run in the fourth, Merrimack iced the game in the fifth. A bases-loaded sacrifice fly ball off the bat of Amato gave Merrimack its ninth run and first mercy-rule victory of the season.
Notes and Numbers
- Game 1: WP – Lauren Nichols (2-5) | LP – Jenna Wike (4-5)
- Nichols’s line: (7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K)
- Game 2: WP Melanie DeAlmeida – (3-2)| LP – Taylor Artley (0-1)
- DeAlmeida’s line: ( 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 0 K)
The Warriors are on the road Tuesday, taking on Bentley in a rubber match. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m.