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Merrimack Softball Shuts Out Adelphi, Snaps 13-Game Skid Against Panthers

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.  – The Merrimack College softball team swept Adelphi University in a cross-divisional NE10 doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Martone-Mejail Field. The Warriors defeated the Panthers, 2-0, in game one, before holding off the guests, 3-2, in the second game. Merrimack handed Adelphi its first two conference losses of the season, while snapping a 13 game unbeaten streak by the Panthers. It was a rematch of the 2017 NE10 title game, where Adelphi got the victory.

The Basics
Score: Game 1: Merrimack 2
, Adelphi 0 | Final
Score: Game 2:  Merrimack 3, Adelphi 2, | Final
Records: Merrimack (19-7, 6-4 NE10) | Adelphi (17-13-1, 9-2-1 NE10)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.
Rapid Recap (Game One)

  • It was a pitchers dual in the first game. However, the Warriors struck for their first run in the third inning, before adding the games second and only other run in the sixth.
  • The Warriors got into some trouble in the top of the third, with the bases loaded and one out. However, Merrimack starter senior Megan Cook got out of the jam, getting a strikeout and a pop up to the infield to end the threat.
  • A one-out triple by sophomore Tiffany Mangiameli set the stage for junior Nicole Nanof in the third inning. Nanof ripped the first pitch she saw up the middle to score Mangiameli easily.
  • The Warriors scored their second run on a squeeze play in the sixth with runners on second and third. Junior Kristina Terrazzano placed a perfect bunt in front of the plate, and reached base safely, allowing Cook to score from third.

Rapid Recap (Game Two)

  • Merrimack scored runs in the second and third to take a 3-0 lead. With two outs and the bases loaded, Mangiameli singled to left field to score a run to give the home team a 1-0 lead in the second.
  • In the third inning, the Warriors added two more. Senior Alyssa Williamson led off the inning with a double to right center, followed by a bunt single by Cook to put runners on the corners. After Cook stole second, the throw from the catcher went off the second basemen’s glove and went into center, allowing Williamson to score. Cook came around to score after freshman Elizabeth McCoy reached on a fielder’s choice to second. The fielder’s throw home was late.
  • Freshman starter Bridget Soraghan pitched a gem, retiring eight batters in a row from the fourth inning until one out in the sixth.
  • The Panthers finally got on the board with two outs in the sixth on a fielder’s choice. They scored in the seventh on a two-out error. However, Cook came in relief and stranded the tying run at first to end the game.

Notes and Notables

  • Game 1: WP – Cook (11-2) | LP – Kristen Fealy (3-6)
  • Cook’s Line: (7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K)
  • Cook matched her career-high with wins in a single season she set last year with 11.
  • Cook, Mangiameli and Nanof all had two hits in the game.
  • Game 2: WP – Bridget Soraghan (1-1)| LP – Nicole Mengel (5-1) | S – Cook (4)
  • Soraghan’s line: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
  • In game two, Cook tied former Warrior and current assistant coach Haley Currie ’17 with 258 career strikeouts, after striking out two in the game.
  • Soraghan picked up her first collegiate win on the mound.
  • Williamson and Cook are both on three-game hitting streaks, while Nanof, Mangiameli McCoy, and freshman Kelly Dovi have hit safely in the two-straight games.

Up Next:
The Warriors host the Pace University tomorrow afternoon at Martone-MeJail Field for two games. First pitch is scheduled for noon.

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