April 14, 2014

Softball Hosts Bentley in Makeup Game Monday (3:20 p.m.)

WARRIORS, FALCONS CONCLUDE SERIES WITH BENTLEY MONDAY AFTERNOON 

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Seeking to extend its season-high four-game winning streak, the Merrimack College softball team welcomes Bentley to campus to conclude its season series with the Falcons in an important Northeast-10 Conference matchup on Monday afternoon at the Warrior Diamond.

The Basics
Date/Time:
 Monday, April 14, 2014 | 3:20 p.m.
Records:
 Merrimack (13-16, 6-5 NE-10) | Bentley (13-11, 7-7 NE-10)
Location:
 Warrior Softball Diamond | North Andover, Mass.

Last Time Out: Giovannini Records 100th Career Hit in 14-1 Romp over Saint Mike's
Merrimack wrapped up a three-game weekend sweep over Saint Michael's on Sunday, as four different players homered to power the Warriors to a 14-1 romp against the Purple Knights. Merrimack set single-game season highs in runs (14), RBI (13), homers (4) and hits (12) to highlight Sunday's offensive showing.

After sweeping a Saturday doubleheader against the Purple Knights, Merrimack entered Sunday looking for its first weekend sweep over a conference foe this spring and got exactly that. Senior Jaclyn Giovannini highlighted the afternoon with a three-run homer and later recorded her 100th collegiate hit as part of an eight-run second inning.

In addition to Giovannini, senior Ashley Perry, sophomore Brittany Razo and freshman Mariah Tenney launched homers of their own, with the latter's coming in the form of a grand slam to round out the second inning. Freshman Haley Currie, meanwhile, picked up the win on the mound after allowing only four hits and one run with three strikeouts.

For the full recap from Sunday, please click here.

Two Weeks Ago vs. Bentley
In its first matchup of the season, Merrimack split its road doubleheader at Bentley back on April 2, winning the opener by a 2-1 margin before falling in the late game, 7-4.

Against the Falcons in Game 1, senior Kelsey Francher smashed the game-deciding triple to erase a 1-0 deficit before Currie pitched the final two innings to pick up a save in a 2-1 Merrimack victory before the Warriors fell in the nightcap, 7-4.

The Warriors:

  • Enter Monday with a 6-5 mark in the Northeast Division, trailing fourth-place Bentley by just a half game in the standings
  • Own a 4-1 record at home through five games this spring
  • Bat .288 as a team (4th/NE-10) with a .348 on-base percentage (4th) and the highest slugging percentage in the conference (.451), led by freshman Kaleigh Finigan (.410, 11 RBI, .718 SLG%)
  • Freshman Haley Currie - the reigning NE-10 Pitcher of the Week - has gone 7-7 in 21 appearances with a team-best 2.95 ERA and a team-leading 73 strikeouts in 95 innings

The Falcons:

  • Enter Monday's meeting red-hot, as the Falcons have won four straight thanks to a three-game weekend sweep of Franklin Pierce and an important win against Stonehill last week
  • Sit in fourth place in the Northeast Division thanks to their 5-3 mark against divisional opponents, just 1/2 game ahead of Merrimack
  • Chelsea Vena (2.96 average, 12 runs, 6-for-6 stolen bases) leads an offense that bats just .227 overall
  • Bentley's pitching staff, however, has been phenomenal, ranking fourth in the NE-10 with a 2.47 staff ERA

Up Next
The Warriors next host second-place Stonehill on Wednesday (April 16) for a divisional doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. at the Warrior Softball Diamond.

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