Softball Falls in Series Opener at Saint A’s, 8-4, Thursday Afternoon

GIOVANNINI, GIBBS HOMER IN 8-4 SETBACK AT SAINT A'S THURSDAY

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Senior Jaclyn Giovannini (Plano, Texas) and junior Lindsay Gibbs (Acton, Mass.) each launched home runs, but the Merrimack College softball team dropped its weekend series opener, 8-4, against Saint Anselm on Thursday afternoon at South Athletic Field in Manchester, N.H.

The Basics
Score:
Saint Anselm 8, Merrimack 4
Records: Merrimack (14-17, 7-6 NE-10)
| Saint Anselm (17-9, 9-5 NE-10)
Location:
South Athletic Field | Manchester, N.H.

How It Happened
Despite Giovannini launching a three-run homer to stake the Warrior offense to an early three-run lead in the top of the first, the Hawks used three long balls of their own to turn that deficit into an advantage, as Saint Anselm scored six uninterrupted runs over the first three innings to snap the Warriors' four-game winning streak.

Giovannini blasted her team-leading sixth homer of the year with two runners aboard in the bottom of the first to put the Warriors up 3-0, but a leadoff solo homer by Nicole Boucher immediately brought the Hawks to within two before going ahead for good with three runs in the bottom of the second, including two more thanks to a Pattie Turner home run.

Julie LeClair sent the Hawks' third and final Hawks homer – a two-run shot – over the wall in the third to push Saint A's ahead by a 6-3 margin before Gibbs smacked her third jack of the season to left to cut the deficit to two.

That, however, would be all the Warriors would get the rest of the way, as Saint Anselm starter Tayla Trask, the league's leader in ERA entering the day, did not allow another run over the remaining three innings to give the Hawks the series opener.

Inside The Numbers

  • Merrimack would finish 6-for-25 at the plate on the afternoon (.240)
  • Sophomore Brittany Razo (Anaheim, Calif.), freshman Kaleigh Finigan (Medford, Mass.), senior Kelsey Francher (Weare, N.H.) and senior Allison Berthiaume (Berkley, Mass.) each tallying a single apiece in addition to the two homers by Giovannini and Gibbs
  • Freshman Haley Currie (Burlington, Mass.) fell to 7-8 on the year after surrendering six runs on as many hits with one strikeout, while Task finished with nine K's and six hits allowed
  • Senior Keaira Monet Perry (Bellingham, Mass.) finished with Merrimack's only stolen base
  • Both Merrimack and Saint A's stranded three baserunners, as the Hawks outhit Merrimack by a 9-6 margin

Up Next
The Warriors and Hawks conclude the weekend – and season – series on Saturday (April 19) with a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m. back at South Athletic Field.

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