WARRIORS PICK UP FIRST WIN IN EXTRA INNINGS BEFORE DROPPING HEARTBREAKER IN GAME 2 SATURDAY
CLERMONT, Fla. – Freshman pitcher Haley Currie (Burlington, Mass.) played a pivotal part in leading the Merrimack College softball team to its first victory of the season, as the Warriors split Day 1 of National Training Center Spring Games action on Saturday morning in Clermont, Fla.
Score: Merrimack 3, Alderson Broaddus 2 (F/8) | West Chester 6, Merrimack 4
Records: Merrimack (1-6) | Alderson Broaddus (5-15) | West Chester (10-4)
Location: NTC Training Center | Clermont, Fla.
How It Happened: Game 1 vs. Alderson Broaddus
On the arm of Currie, Merrimack picked up a dramatic, 3-2 victory in extra innings in Game 1 Saturday morning before dropping a 6-4 decision to a strong West Chester side.
Merrimack would rally out of a 2-0 hole with a run in the fourth and the sixth thanks to a pair of run-scoring at-bats started by Currie. First, the rookie drove in senior Ashley Perry (Winchendon, Mass.) to bring the Warriors to within one before the the latter scored a run-scoring fielder's choice - yet again with Currie at the plate - in the sixth.
Meanwhile, with Currie dominating in the circle - the right-hander finished with a career-best eight strikeouts and three hits allowed over eight innings - the Warriors would get the first opportunity in the top of the eighth inning with the tournament utilizing international tiebreaker rules.
Currie, once again, had a say in the deciding run, driving in Perry (who started the inning on second and moved to third on a sacrifice) to put the Navy and Gold on top.
Currie then struck out the first batter she faced before inducing back-to-back groundouts (including one bunt) to will the Warriors to their first win of 2014.
Inside The Numbers
- Merrimack finished with an 8-3 edge in the hit column, going 8-for-29 (.276) on the game
- Three different Warriors finished with two hits; Currie, Perry, and freshman Samantha Waskowitz (Killingworth, Conn.)
- Currie was also responsible for driving in all three Merrimack runs
How It Happened: Game 2 vs. West Chester
After falling behind by five runs halfway through the contest, Merrimack battled back valiantly but ultimately fell, 6-4, in Game 2 on Saturday against West Chester.
Trailing by four (6-2) in the bottom of the seventh, sophomore Brittany Razo (Anaheim, Calif.) started the frame with a double before junior Lindsay Gibbs (Acton, Mass.) followed suit with another double to make it a three-run game.
A groundout and a sacrifice fly would drive in Gibbs and put the Warriors within two; senior Jessica Fugazzotto (Newton, Mass.) singled to bring the tying run to the plate, but a runner left early call would account for the final heartbreaking out of the game.
Sophomore Alexis Perry (Westford, Vt.) and freshman Mariah Tenney (Winchendon, Mass.) split time on the mound; the former tossed four innings while striking out three, while Tenney went the final three innings. Combined, the duo surrendered just four hits and one earned run, as four Merrimack errors allowed the Rams to do most of their damage.
Inside The Numbers:
- For the second game in a row, three different Warriors tallied two-hit performances: Fugazzotto, redshirt freshman Becca Armstrong (Methuen, Mass.) and Gibbs all combined for six of Merrimack's 10 hits
- Merrimack once again held a comfortable lead in the hit category, outslugging the Rams by a 10-4 margin
- Senior Keaira Monet Perry (Bellingham, Mass.) launched Merrimack's first home run of the season on a solo shot in the bottom of the sixth
- Seven different Warriors finished with at least one hit in Saturday's late game
Merrimack will keep busy with another doubleheader tomorrow (March 16) evening; the Warriors face Sioux Falls at 5 p.m. before rounding out Day 2 of the NTC Spring Games with a nightcap against Minnesota Crookston.