GIOVANNINI BECOMES SECOND ACTIVE WARRIOR TO REACH 100-HIT MILESTONE IN SUNDAY'S WIN
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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Highlighted by senior infielder Jaclyn Giovannini (Plano, Texas) recording her 100th career hit in a Navy and Gold uniform, the Merrimack College softball team cruised to a 14-1, five-inning victory against Saint Michael's College on Sunday afternoon at the Warrior Softball Diamond.
Score: Merrimack 14, Saint Michael's 1 (F/5)
Records: Merrimack (13-16, 6-5 NE-10) | Saint Michael's (1-17, 1-9 NE-10)
Location: Warrior Softball Diamond | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
After sweeping a Saturday doubleheader against the Purple Knights, Merrimack returned to the diamond Sunday eyeing its first series sweep of a Northeast-10 Conference opponent this season and left little doubt that it would do so, as the Warriors exploded for 12 runs over the first two innings to pave the way to victory.
Merrimack's offense enjoyed its finest outing of the season, registering new single-game highs in runs (14), RBI (13), hits (12), and home runs (4), with four different Warriors blasting homers on the afternoon.
Giovannini got things started with a three-run dinger in the bottom of the first before classmate Ashley Perry (Winchendon, Mass.) joined the party with a solo shot of her own. Giovannini would then record her 100th career base hit an inning later on a sharp single to left field to jumpstart the Warriors' eight-run inning.
In the second, sophomore Brittany Razo (Anaheim, Calif.) got on the board with a two-run shot to right field before freshman Mariah Tenney (Winchendon, Mass.), who led off the inning with her first collegiate base hit, returned to the plate for her second at-bat of the frame and cleared the bases with a grand slam to right center, making it a 12-0 lead for the hosts.
Merrimack would get two more runs in the bottom of the fourth on a two-RBI triple off the bat of junior Stephanie Lapierre (Berlin, Conn.), while freshman Haley Currie (Burlington, Mass.) improved to 7-7 on the year after going five innings with three strikeouts and only four hits allowed.
Inside The Numbers
- Merrimack's offense finished 12-for-24 (.500) at the plate with a season-high 13 RBI
- Tenney (4), Giovannini (3), Razo (2) and Lapierre (2) were responsible for driving in nine of those 14 runs, while Perry and senior Jessica Fugazzotto (Newton, Mass.) also drove in runs
- Merrimack finished with six extra-base hits total, including a double from Fugazzotto, Lapierre's aforementioned triple and the four homers by Razo, Giovannini, Perry and Tenney
- Tenney finished with Merrimack's lone stolen base of the day, as well
- Merrimack struck out only three times on offense while stranding just two base runners
- Due up on the career milestone list is Fugazzotto, who stands at 99 career base hits, while Perry is just five behind with 95 all-time base knocks
The Warriors return to the diamond tomorrow (April 14) afternoon when they welcome Bentley to campus for a makeup game at 3 p.m.