Late Charge in Game 2 Powers Softball to Sweep of Mercy Friday Afternoon
WARRIORS RALLY WITH FIVE RUNS IN TOP SEVENTH TO CLINCH FRIDAY SWEEP AT MERCY
DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – Trailing by a run heading into its final at-bat of Game 2, the Merrimack College softball team rallied in a big way, putting up five runs in the top of the seventh to power its way to a Friday afternoon sweep of East Coast Conference (ECC) foe Mercy College with victories of 11-8 and 6-2, respectively, at Smith Field in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.
Score: Merrimack 11, Mercy 8 (G1) | Merrimack 6, Mercy 2 (G2)
Records: Merrimack (7-11) | Mercy (3-15)
Location: Smith Field | Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.
What They Said
Head Coach Jim Cardello: "The team had its best week of practice leading up to this weekend's regional games, and I was impressed at our team's ability to carry that into today."
How It Happened
Game 1 – Merrimack 11, Mercy 8
Merrimack set the tone early and often to hop out to an early lead and staved off the Mavericks down the stretch to roll to an 11-8 victory in the early game on Friday.
The Warriors hopped out to a 3-0 lead before the Mavericks got one back in the first before each side traded runs in the second, making it a 4-2 contest after two frames.
The Navy and Gold would then pump up their lead to five with three more tallies in the third; Mercy would cut into the deficit with run in the home half of the inning, but Merrimack got itself out of a bases-loaded jam to stay on top.
The Warriors would add three more runs in the top of the fifth before the Mavericks responded with four of their own to make it a 10-7 contest. Each side would tack on a run apiece in the last two innings but that would be the closet Mercy would get, as Merrimack came out on top in the opener.
Game 2 – Merrimack 6, Mercy 2
After both sides were deadlocked at a run apiece through the majority of the contest, Merrimack answered a late Mercy run with a five-spot in the top of the seventh, as the Warriors responded in dramatic fashion late in regulation to seal their doubleheader sweep over the Mavericks.
Following an opening contest that saw both sides combine for 19 total runs, Merrimack would again hop out in front with a run in the top of the first before a solo homer by Mercy tied things up at a run piece.
That 1-1 deadlock held all the way until the bottom of the sixth, when the home side benefitted from a solo home run to take a 2-1 advantage.
That lead was short-lived, as the Warriors refused to go quietly; Merrimack exploded for five runs in its final at-bat, highlighted by a game-deciding grand slam off the bat of senior Keaira Monet Perry (Bellingham, Mass.) that sealed the win.
Inside The Numbers
- Freshman Haley Currie (Burlington, Mass.) was dominant in the circle again, picking up a win and a save on the day
- The quintet of seniors Jaclyn Giovannini (Plano, Texas), Monet Perry, Ashley Perry (Winchendon, Mass.) and Kelsey Francher (Weare, N.H.) and sophomore Brittany Razo (Anaheim, Calif.) combined for 14 hits, including three hom runs and the game-winning grand slam by Monet Perry in Game 2
The Warriors will look to carry over today's success into tomorrow when they travel to Brookville, N.Y., for a doubleheader against nationally ranked LIU Post. First pitch against the 13th-ranked Pioneers is set for 9:30 a.m.