April 11, 2014

Softball Wraps up Season Series at SNHU, Hosts Saint Michael’s in Weekend NE-10 Action

WARRIORS TRAVEL TO SNHU FOR AFTERNOON BATTLE FRIDAY, HOST KNIGHTS SATURDAY/SUNDAY

Links: Live Stats (SNHU) | Live Stats (Saint Michael's)

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Continuing conference play with six games over a four-day set, the Merrimack College softball team wraps up its season series with first-place Southern New Hampshire on Friday afternoon (4 p.m.) on the road before welcoming Saint Michael's College to campus for a three-game, two-day set back on campus this weekend.

The Basics
Date/Time:
Friday-Sunday, April 11-13, 2014 | 4 p.m. / 1 p.m. / 12 p.m.
Records:
Merrimack (10-15, 3-4 NE-10) | Southern N.H. (17-7, 5-0 NE-10) | Saint Michael's (1-14, 0-1 NE-10)
Location:
Penmen Field/Warrior Diamond | Manchester, N.H./North Andover, Mass.

Last Time Out: Four-Run Inning Keys Merrimack's Rally in 9-5 Road Win at Assumption
After falling behind by four runs early, the Merrimack College softball team stormed back with a four-run third before plating four more in the sixth, as the Warriors claimed the season series over Assumption with a key 9-5 road win on Thursday night at WPI Field.

Down 4-0, Merrimack benefitted from a trio of Assumption errors in the top of the third to drive in four runs and tie the match. All even at four, senior Keaira Monet Perry would then untie the contest in the top of the fifth, plating classmate Jessica Fugazzotto on a base knock up the middle to put the Warriors ahead for good.

The deciding frame was the top of the sixth, as Merrimack tacked on four more runs on five hits to take a 9-4 lead. Freshman Haley Currie finished with three strikeouts and only six hits yielded over 6 2/3 innings to pick up her fifth win of the year in relief.

For the full recap from last night, please click here!

Last Friday at SNHU: Softball Edged in 11-Inning Nightcap, Suffers Sweep at SNHU
After neither side could record a run over nine innings, Merrimack and Southern New Hampshire exchanged runs while playing international tiebreaker rules in the 10th inning before the Penmen won Game 2 in the 11th, as the Warriors dropped a pair of close Northeast-10 Conference tilts last Friday afternoon at Penmen Field.

Merrimack's offense was kept off the board in Game 1 last weekend, as SNHU starter Ali Maloof struck out eight and limited the Warriors to just three hits to give the Penmen a 4-0 decision in the opener.

But in Game 2, both Currie and SNHU's Dolores Mattice went toe-to-toe in one of the best pitcher's duels in recent memory, as neither yielded a run over the course of regulation, and then the eighth and ninth innings in extras. That set the stage for extras, where both sides exchanged runs in the 10th before Mattice kept the Warriors off the board in the top of the 11th, allowing the Penmen to win it on a walk-off during their next at-bat.

For the full recap from last Friday, please click here.

The Warriors:

  • Enter Friday alone in fourth place in the Northeast Division with a 3-4 record in division play and 10-15 overall mark
  • Freshman Kaleigh Finigan leads the team with a .367 average on 11 hits in 30 at-bats, while sophomore Brittany Razo boasts a .320 average, has scored nine runs and roped four doubles
  • Currie's 3.32 ERA is best among starters; she also leads the team in strikeouts (62), innings pitched (82.1) and batting average against (.272)

The Penmen:

  • Come into Friday 17-7 overall but more importantly are perfect in division play with a 5-0 record
  • Boast a team batting average of .310 (2nd/NE-10) with 15 homers (4th) and 45 doubles (1st) while holding opponents to a 2.49 ERA (2nd) and .229 batting average against (2nd)
  • Lindsey Bolduc ranks fifth in the league with 21 RBI and Maloof's 104 strikeouts rank third

The Purple Knights:

  • Have struggled mightily out of the gate, winning just once in their first 15 games and have lost their only divisional game to date
  • Bat only .201 as a team (15th/NE-10) with eight doubles and two home runs total; also rank last in team OBP (.263) and slugging percentage (.256) while yielding 8.62 earned runs per game and a batting aveage against of .416, both last in conference p lay

Up Next
Merrimack continues Northeast Division action next Tuesday (April 15) with a makeup game at home against Bentley (3 p.m.) before hosting Stonehill the following day for another two-game set and traveling to Saint Anselm for two more next Thursday.

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