Softball Explodes for Nine in Game 2, Splits Sunday Twin Bill in Florida

SOFTBALL POUNDS OUT SEASON-HIGH NINE RUNS TO SPLIT SUNDAY DOUBLEHEADER IN FLORIDA

 CLERMONT, Fla. – The Merrimack College softball team picked up its second win in two days on Sunday, as the Warrior offense exploded for a season-high nine runs in a mercy rule, 9-0 victory against Minnesota Crookston while also dropping an 8-0 decision against Sioux Falls in NTC Spring Game action on Sunday night at Hancock Park.

The Basics
Score:
Sioux Falls 8, Merrimack 0 | Merrimack 9, Minnesota Crookston 0 (F/6)
Records: Merrimack (2-7)
 | Sioux Falls (8-3) | Minnesota Crookston (1-4)
Location:
 Hancock Park | Clermont, Fla.

How It Happened: Vs. Sioux Falls 
Merrimack's offense was kept in check over seven innings, while the Warriors committed four errors in the field to spot Sioux Falls four unearned runs in an 8-0 setback in Sunday's opener.

Five different Warriors finished with a hit, while senior Jessica Fugazzotto (Newton, Mass.) and freshman Becca Armstrong (Methuen, Mass.) each added a double on offense. 

Freshman Haley Currie (Burlington, Mass.) was charged with the loss despite seven strikeouts over five innings. She allowed only six hits and yielded three walks in that span before rookie Mariah Tenney (Winchendon, Mass.) pitched the last two innings.

Inside The Numbers

  • Merrimack was out-hit by a slim margin (8-5) while stranding five runners on base
  • The Warriors finished 5-for-26 (.192) at the plate while striking out eight times as a team
  • Junior Lindsay Gibbs (Acton, Mass.) tossed out the only potential base-stealer of the game for Sioux Falls for a perfect defensive outing behind the plate

How It Happened: Vs. Minnesota Crookston 
After tallying five hits but failing to generate any runs in the opener, Merrimack's offense sprung to life in the late game on Sunday, lighting up the scoreboard with a season-high nine-run output.

Merrimack finished with a season-high 10 hits, tying its previous single-game best set a day earlier against West Chester. The Warriors also lit up the base paths with a season-best five stolen bases.

The Warriors grabbed an early one-run lead with a single tally in the first before coasting ahead, 4-0, with three more in the top of the third. After three more runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth, sophomore Alexis Perry (Westford, Vt.) set down Minnesota Crookston in order in the bottom of the sixth to clinch the Warriors' mercy rule-shortened vitory. 

Senior Keaira Monet Perry (Bellingham, Mass.) stayed red-hot at the plate with another two-hit game, including her second home run in as many days and a triple, as well, to pace the Warriors with three runs driven in.

Fugazzotto also contributed timely hitting in the late game as well, going 2-for-3 with two RBI. Fellow seniors Ashley Perry (Winchendon, Mass.) and Allison Berthiaume (Berkley, Mass.) chipped in a double to highlight the offensive surge.

On the bases, Tenney (2), Fugazzotto, Armstrong and senior Jaclyn Giovannini (Plano, Texas) all finished with at least one stolen base, while Perry picked up the win on the mound with a five-strikeout performance. The sophomore right-hander enjoyed her best outing of the year, yielding just two hits in that complete game shutout. 

Inside The Numbers

  • The Warriors out-hit Minnesota Crookston 10-2, while the offense went 10-for-26 (.385) at the plate
  • Eight different Warriors registered at least one hit, with Fugazzotto and Monet Perry leading the way with two a piece
  • Merrimack's offense was certainly efficient on Saturday night, stranding just two base runners all game

Up Next

Merrimack returns to action tomorrow morning with two more contests in Florida starting at 9 a.m. The Warriors first face Slippery Rock before a bout with East Coast Conference foe Molloy slated for 11 a.m.

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