EIGHT-RUN INNING PACES CHARLESTON (W.V.) OVER MERRIMACK IN SIX INNINGS SUNDAY
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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Charleston (W.V.) hopped out to an early six-run lead and capped it off with eight more in the sixth to hand the Merrimack College softball team a six-inning, 14-1 setback in the final day of the Sailfish Showdown hosted by Palm Beach Atlantic.
Score: Charleston (W.V.) 14, Merrimack 1
Records: Merrimack (0-5) | Charleston (W.V.) (Record N/A)
Location: Lake Catherine Field | Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
How It Happened
Competing in the last of five games down in Florida, Merrimack had few answers against Charleston starter Courtney Fain, who picked up the win after logging five innings of one-run ball while yielding seven hits and striking out three.
More importantly, though, was Fain's offense, as Charleston slugged 10 hits against Merrimack and benefitted from four Warrior miscues in the field, as the Golden Eagles added eight more runs – six of them earned – in the top of the sixth to clinch a mercy-rule-shortened decision.
Merrimack's lone inning of offense came in the bottom of the fifth; trailing by six, senior Kelsey Francher (Weare, N.H.) drove in senior Jessica Fugazzotto (Newton, Mass.) in the bottom of the sixth to account for all of the Navy and Gold offense.
In the circle, freshmen Haley Currie (Burlington, Mass.) and Mariah Tenney (Winchendon, Mass.), as well as sophomore Alexis Perry (Westford, Vt.) all logged action for the Warriors, combining for four strikeouts in the process.
The Warriors return home and will return to practice in preparation for their Northeast-10 Conference opener on Wednesday, March 12, at Southern Connecticut State. Merrimack's home opener is scheduled for the following day (March 13) against Post before the team returns to the Sunshine State to compete in the National Training Center Spring Games from March 15-20.