The Mack Report

Softball: Four-Run Sixth Powers Merrimack to Win Over Assumption

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WORCESTER, Mass. – 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.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 9,
 Assumption 5
Records: Merrimack (10-15, 3-4 NE-10)
 | Assumption (9-13, 3-7 NE-10)
Location:
 WPI Field | Worcester, Mass.

What They Said
Head Coach Jim Cardello: “That was a great team win with great pitching, great situational hitting and, most importantly, great defense to lead us to an important road win.”

How It Happened
After surrendering four runs in the bottom of the first to the hosts, Merrimack refused to go quietly, as the Navy and Gold used a pair of four-run innings to claim an important Northeast Division victory on Thursday night.

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. Sophomore Brittany Razo (Anaheim, Calif.), who tied for the team lead with a pair of RBI, drove in senior Ashley Perry (Winchedon, Mass.) before freshman Kaleigh Finigan (Medford, Mass.) plated another on a groundout. Razo would then score on an errant play that put senior Keaira Monet Perry (Bellingham, Mass.) on base, and the latter would subsequently score on a wild pitch to draw even.

Monet Perry would then untie the contest in the top of the fifth, plating classmate Jessica Fugazzotto (Newton, Mass.) 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, as redshirt freshman Becca Armstrong (Methuen, Mass.), freshman Katie Gildea(Bedford, Mass.), Razo and Finigan all drove in a run apiece for the visitors.

That five-run lead was plenty for rookie hurler Haley Currie (Burlington, Mass.), whose only earned run allowed came in the bottom of the seventh but was otherwise brilliant, picking up the win in relief thanks to a three-strikeout performance over 6 2/3 innings.

Inside The Numbers

  • The Warriors finished 9-for-26 (.346) at the plate, as Razo, Finigan and Ashley Perry finished with two hits apiece
  • Merrimack’s defense was perfect, finishing with no errors on the night and accounting for the Warriors’ fourth errorless game of 2014
  • Finigan finished with Merrimack’s only extra-base hit of the game, a double during the Warriors’ four-run sixth inning
  • Freshman Samantha Waskowitz (Killingworth, Conn.) and Ashley Perry each added a stolen base apiece while Merrimack stranded only two base runners on the night
  • Fugazzotto led all players with three runs scored, while Razo and Ashley Perry crossed the plate twice

Up Next
The Warriors return to the diamond tomorrow (April 11) afternoon, as Merrimack wraps up its season series with Southern New Hampshire in Manchester, N.H. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.