March 20, 2014

Razo Rips First Two Career Homers; Softball Splits Final Day in Florida with NYIT

SOPHOMORE BRITTANY RAZO ERUPTS FOR FIRST TWO HOMERS OF CAREER IN SPLIT WITH NYIT

CLERMONT, Fla. – Sophomore outfielder Brittany Razo (Anaheim, Calif.) launched the first two home runs of her collegiate career to help the Merrimack College softball team split its final day of play at the NTC Spring Games against NYIT on Thursday morning in Florida.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 5,
NYIT 3 | NYIT 6, Merrimack 5 (F/8)
Records: Merrimack (5-11)
| NYIT (3-5)
Location:
Hancock Park | Clermont, Fla.

How It Happened
Game 1 – Merrimack 5, NYIT 3

After falling behind by three runs, Razo's bat helped the Warriors get back into the game, as Merrimack erased an early deficit en route to a 5-3 win against NYIT in Game 1 on Thursday morning.

Following two scoreless innings, the Bears jumped out in front with a run in the first on a bloop single before tacking on two more an inning later on a two-RBI base knock to center field against starter Haley Currie (Burlington, Mass.). That, however, would be the last two runs that the right-hander would yield before settling in the rest of the way.

Meanwhile on offense, Razo got the Navy and Gold on the board with her first collegiate long ball in the bottom of the third. The Anaheim, Calif., native ripped one to straightaway center with senior Allison Berthiaume ( ) on base, as her two-run blast brought the Warriors to within one (3-2).

But Merrimack wasn't finished, as senior Jessica Fugazzotto (Newton, Mass.) scored on an RBI base knock off the bat of classmate Kelsey Francher (Weare, N.H.) to tie things up at 3-all after three frames.

In the bottom of the fourth, senior Ashley Perry (Winchendon, Mass.) led things off with a double before coming home on a subsequent double by Berthiaume. Up by one, Razo added some insurance with her second straight jack to make it 5-3.

That score would not change the rest of the way, as Currie kept the Bears in check to help Merrimack take the opener.

Game 2 – NYIT 6, Merrimack 5 (F/8)

Merrimack brought a three-run lead into the bottom of the sixth inning, but NYIT rallied with three to tie the contest before winning it in extras, as the Warriors were forced to settle with a doubleheader split after falling in the late game, 6-5.

Merrimack hopped out to a 4-1 lead after redshirt freshman Becca Armstrong ( ) drove in senior Keaira Monet Perry (Bellingham, Mass.) for the game's first run and added two more in the fourth and another in the sixth to gain a three-run cushion.

Junior Courtney Ulak (Rehoboth, Mass.) broke a 1-1 tie with a two-RBI triple in the top of the fourth, driving in freshman Kaleigh Finigan (Medford, Mass.) and classmate Lindsay Gibbs (Acton, Mass.) before Finigan smashed her first collegiate homer to left center in the top of the sixth, pushing the Warriors in front by three.

NYIT's offense came to life in the bottom of the sixth, as starting pitcher Alexis Perry (Westford, Vt.) found herself in trouble with a bases-loaded, two-out situation. The Bears managed to draw even on back-to-back singles before Currie was summoned out of the bullpen to get out of the jam. The rookie did just that to give the Warriors a chance to take the lead in the top of the seventh.

Razo wasted no time in adding to her career day with a double to start the seventh and moved to third on the ensuing at-bat. The sophomore then tried to snag home on a wild pitch but was tagged out to retire the side.

Currie did her part again in the bottom of the seventh, keeping NYIT at bay to send the game to extras, where each side would start with a runner at second base while playing international tiebreaker rules.

Monet Perry gave the Warriors a temporary lead with an RBI double in the top of the eighth, but NYIT quickly tied things up on its first at-bat in the bottom of the frame. But with two outs and runners at first and third, the Bears walked off with the win on one last base hit to account for the 6-5 final.

Up Next
After an 11-game, five-day grind in the Sunshine State, the Warriors return home to New England and will turn their sights to Northeast-10 Conference divisional action starting next week (March 27) against Assumption as part of a doubleheader in North Andover. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.

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