February 22, 2014

Softball Drops Two in Second Day of Sailfish Showdown Tournament

SOFTBALL CONCLUDES STINT IN FLORIDA WITH SUNDAY MORNING TILT VS. CHARLESTON (W.V.)

Links: Box Score (Saint Leo) | Box Score (Lynn)

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. –The Merrimack College softball team was edged by a run, 4-3, in its first outing on Saturday against Saint Leo before dropping its subsequent match against Lynn by a 7-0 margin in Day 2 of the Sailfish Showdown Tournament hosted by Palm Beach Atlantic.

The Basics
Score (Game 1):
Saint Leo 4, Merrimack 3
Score (Game 2):
Lynn 7, Merrimack 0
Records: Merrimack (0-4)
| Saint Leo (9-7) | Lynn (9-6)
Location:
Lake Catherine Field | Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

How It Happened: Saint Leo
Merrimack exploded for three runs in the top of the third to take a two-run lead, but Saint Leo responded with the final three runs of the game to edge the Warriors, 4-3, in Merrimack's third game of the Sailfish Showdown Tournament.

Senior Jessica Fugazzotto (Newton, Mass.) led the Navy and Gold with a two-hit performance, scoring one of the team's three runs, while senior Kelsey Francher (Weare, N.H.) drove in a team-high two runs thanks to a triple in the top of the third, while freshman Haley Currie (Burlington, Mass.) was brilliant in the circle, fanning four while surrendering only five hits and an unearned run.

But the Lions benefitted from two Merrimack errors in the bottom of the third which led to a pair of unearned tallies, and then in the fifth, two more errors would lead to the game-deciding run, as Saint Leo's reliever Alana Tabel offered two scoreless innings to shut down the Warriors the rest of the way.

What They Said
Head Coach Jim Cardello: "We played much better today. Lost on three unearned runs, which was tough. We're gaining good experience for conference play."

A Closer Look: Saint Leo

  • Both sides finished with five hits apiece, while Merrimack went 5-for-22 (.227) as a team
  • In addition to Fugazzotto and Francher, senior Keaira Monet Perry (Bellingham, Mass.) and freshman Kaleigh Finigan (Medford, Mass.) all hit safely for the Warriors
  • Currie struck out four of the 28 batters she faced while walking just three
  • Francher added a stolen base for the Warriors, while Saint Leo's finished with two swiped bags

How It Happened: Saint Leo
Lynn raced out to an early lead and added two more runs in the third and four more in the sixth, as Merrimack fell short in Game 2 on Saturday by a 7-0 margin.

Junior Stephanie Lapierre (Berlin, Conn.) highlighted the Warrior offense with a two-hit performance, including her first double of the year, but Lynn's pitching staff limited Merrimack to only four hits over seven innings.

Lynn crept out to a one-run lead after two hits in the bottom of the first before adding a pair in the third, as the Knights generated both runs on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly in foul territory.

Meanwhile, Merrimack's bats were kept quiet for the most part, as no Warrior got beyond second base all afternoon. Lynn wrapped things up with a four-spot in the bottom of the sixth to close out the contest.

A Closer Look: Lynn

  • The Knights held an 11-4 advantage in hits on the game
  • In addition to Lapierre, Currie and senior Ashley Perry (Winchendon, Mass.) tallied base knocks for the Warriors, as well
  • Missy Montgomery finished with four strikeouts and no walks allowed to lead Lynn in the circle

Up Next
Merrimack will conclude its stay in Florida tomorrow (Feb. 23) morning, as the Warriors tackle Charleston (W.V.) to conclude Sailfish Showdown Tournament action. First pitch is set for 11 a.m.

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