AFTER SATURDAY SPLIT, WARRIORS TURN SIGHTS TO MONDAY DOUBLEHEADER VS. STONEHILL
MANCHESTER, N.H. – Trailing one heading into the top of the seventh in Game 1, the Merrimack College softball team rallied with two runs to storm back for a come-from-behind victory, as the Warriors settled for a Saturday afternoon doubleheader split at first-place Saint Anselm in Manchester, N.H.
Score: Merrimack 3, Saint Anselm 2 (G1) | Saint Anselm 4, Merrimack 3 (G2)
Records: Merrimack (15-18, 8-7 NE-10) | Saint Anselm (19-10, 11-6 NE-10)
Location: South Athletic Field | Manchester, N.H.
NE-10 Playoff Outlook
Top-four qualify in Northeast Division; divisional records shown
- Saint Anselm (8-3)
- Stonehill (10-5)
- So. New Hampshire (9-5)
- Bentley (8-6)
- Merrimack (8-7)
- Assumption (7-9)
- Franklin Pierce (5-9)
- Saint Michael's (0-11)
How It Happened
Game 1 – Merrimack 3, Saint Anselm 2
Thanks to a late-game rally in the top of the seventh, Merrimack erased a 2-1 deficit and turned it into a 3-2 advantage that proved to be the final margin of victory, as the Warriors stormed back for a dramatic win in Saturday's opening tilt.
Down by a run, senior Kelsey Francher (Weare, N.H.) started things off with a leadoff single before classmate Keaira Monet Perry (Bellingham, Mass.) reached on an error that pushed two runners into scoring position. That set the stage for senior Allison Berthiaume (Berkley, Mass.), who promptly drove one up through the box to score Francher before Monet Perry came in on a subsequent fielder's choice to push the Warriors up by a run.
On the hook heading into the seventh, sophomore starter Alexis Perry (Westford, Vt.) locked down her eighth win of the year by working around one last hit in the bottom of the seventh, as the right-hander finished with only two runs allowed one two hits with two strikeouts and a walk.
Sophomore Brittany Razo (Anaheim, Calif.) drove in the other Warrior run back in the top of the sixth, drilling a double into the gap in right center to score senior Jessica Fugazzotto (Newton, Mass.), who finished with a team-high five hits over both games.
Game 2 –Saint Anselm 4, Merrimack 3
After Merrimack took an early two-run lead, Saint Anselm tied it with two in the fourth and took the lead for good with two more in the fifth, as the Warriors' attempt at another late rally fell short in a 4-3 setback in Saturday's late game.
With no run on the board, Francher scored Merrimack's first run of the game on a throwing error in the top of the second before Fugazzotto drove in redshirt sophomore Becca Armstrong (Methuen, Mass.) on a single to left, as the Warriors opened up a 2-0 lead after two frames.
Following a scoreless third, Saint A's would then claw back after benefitting from a Merrimack error as part of a two-run fourth before tying the game on a wild pitch during the fifth. A run-scoring groundout would then push the Hawks ahead for good, as the hosts took a 4-2 lead after five innings.
For the second straight game, Merrimack would not go quietly, as Monet Perry drew a one-out walk before Armstrong smacked a double into center to score the Former and put the tying run in scoring position. Saint A's starter Paige Cormier would get out of the jam with a groundout to end the game, forcing the Warriors to settle for a Saturday twin bill split.
Inside The Numbers
- Starting both games Saturday, Perry wound up with a sparking 1.91 ERA over 11 innings of action, yielding only three earned runs over that span with four strikeouts and one walk on seven hits
- Fugazzotto led all Warriors with a 5-for-8 showing at the plate over both games, batting .625 on the afternoon with a run and an RBI
- Merrimack finished with three doubles, one each from Armstrong, Francher and Razo
- The Warriors batted .246 (15-for-61) as a team over both games while limiting Saint Anselm to just a .208 clip
- Merrimack stranded 17 runners over both games, including 11 in Game 2
With just one week remaining in the regular season, Merrimack returns home to host Stonehill in a makeup doubleheader on Monday (April 21), with first pitch of Game 1 set for 3:30 p.m.