Softball grabs split at Merrimack by taking game two

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College softball team rebounded from an 8-4 loss in game one to take game two by a 10-6 margin in a Northeast-10 Conference Northeast Division doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Warrior Softball Diamond.

Merrimack 8, Saint Anselm 4 | Box

Haley Currie was 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI to power Merrimack (22-11, 9-4 NE10) to an 8-4 win in the opening game of the twin bill. Saint Anselm (9-11, 7-5 NE10) held a 4-1 lead after two and a half innings, but the Warriors used a five-run bottom of the third to take the lead for good.

Erin Thompson and Shannon McLaughlin were each 2-for-3 at the plate for the Hawks, with McLaughlin scoring twice and Thompson driving in two runs. Five other hitters had one hit apiece for Saint Anselm.

Outside of Currie's two-home run performance, Alyssa Williamson was 3-for-4 with a run scored for Merrimack, while Samantha Waskowitz and Caitlin McBride were both 1-for-2 with two RBI.

Megan Cook picked up the win for the Warriors, allowing four runs (three earned) on nine hits in a complete game. She fanned four and walked two to improve to 7-4 on the season. Sam Hennequin was saddled with the loss, giving up eight runs on nine hits with two walks and five strikeouts over six innings.

After a scoreless first inning, the teams traded runs in the second. The Hawks put together three singles in the top of the frame, scoring on a two-out RBI single by Jordan O'Connor. Currie answered with a solo home run for the Warriors in the bottom of the inning.

Saint Anselm took the 4-1 lead in the top of the third, starting with a triple off the bat of Shannon Colson, who eventually scored on an illegal pitch. Later in the inning, Thompson plated a pair with a single up the middle. Merrimack came right back with five in the bottom of the third, scoring on a sacrifice fly by Waskowitz, a RBI double by McBride and a three-run shot by Currie.

The Warriors added two insurance runs in the fifth on a Waskowitz double and a sacrifice fly off the bat of McBride.

Saint Anselm 10, Merrimack 6 | Box

In game two, Murrell went 3-for-4 with a home run, two runs and four RBI to power Saint Anselm to a 10-6 win to gain a split of the doubleheader. The Hawks got hits from eight of their nine starters and Saint Anselm's No. 4-8 hitters drove in all 10 runs in the game.

Maggie Murphy and Madison Borrelli each knocked in a pair of runs for the Hawks, while Thompson and McLaughlin each had one. Murphy's two RBI came on her first-collegiate home run. Murrell, McLaughlin and Michaela Kane each scored twice in the win.

McBride were 2-for-3 with a walk and two solo home runs for Merrimack. Nicole Nanof also homered as part of a 3-for-4 performance, with Emily Kurkul going 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.

Morgan Perry recorded her third win of the season, going the distance while allowing six runs on 12 hits for the Hawks. Courtney Zambello took the loss after surrendering six runs (three earned) in one-plus inning of work for Merrimack. Haley Currie worked the final six innings for the Warriors and gave up four runs, all earned, on six hits.

Saint Anselm jumped in front with a quick five-spot in the top of the first. After Colson and Kane reached with one out, Murrell clubbed a three-run shot for her third home run of the season. Later in the inning, Borrelli hit a two-run single to right with two away to cap the big first inning.

Amanda Bickford and Colson started the second with hits and, after a bunt by Kane, Murrell singled in Bickford to make it 6-0. Merimack halved its deficit with three in the bottom of the second. After a Nanof solo home run, the Warriors loaded the bases with two outs and scored on a walk to Mariah Tenney and a single by Waskowitz.

McBride's first home run of the game brought Merrimack within 6-4 in the third, but the Hawks hit back with four in the fourth. Thompson drove in a run with a single through the right side after singled by Kane and Murrell. After a RBI fielder's choice off the bat of McLaughlin, Murphy launched a two-run home run to put the Hawks ahead 10-4.

Perry made the six-run cushion stand up, although the Warriors got single runs back in the fifth and seventh. Kurkul singled in a run in the fifth and McBride started the seventh with her second solo home run of the game, but it was not enough for the hosts.

The two teams complete their three-game regular-season series on Monday, April 17 with a single game at Warrior Softball Diamond at 1 p.m.

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