NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Megan Murrell and Maggie Murphy hit solo home runs for the Saint Anselm College softball team, but Haley Currie hit a walk-off solo shot of her own to give Merrimack a 3-2, eight-inning victory over the Hawks on Monday afternoon at Warrior Softball Diamond.
Merrimack (23-11, 10-4 NE10) led 2-0 after five innings, but Saint Anselm (9-12, 7-6 NE10) rallied with the solo home runs from Murrell and Murphy to tie it in the sixth. The score remained locked at 2-2 until Currie homered with two outs in the home half of the eighth to give the Warriors the win.
Five hitters had one hit apiece for the Hawks with Amanda Bickford, Michaela Kane and Jordan O'Connor also recording base knocks in the game. Morgan Perry suffered the setback despite limiting Merrimack to three runs (two earned) on five hits with a career-high five strikeouts in 7.2 innings.
Samantha Waskowitz had three of the Warriors' five hits, going 3-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored. In addition to hitting the game-clinching home run, Currie picked up her 10th win of the season by allowing two hits in 2.1 scoreless innings of relief of Megan Cook. Cook worked the first 5.2 innings, giving up just two runs on three hits with three walks and four strikeouts.
The Hawks threatened to score in the top of the first, filling the bases with two outs, but it was Merrimack who got on the board first. In the home half of the first, the Warriors scored an unearned run as Waskowitz, who had doubled with one away, scored on a squeeze play.
Perry got out of a jam in the bottom of the third after Merrimack put runners on second and third with one out. The score remained 1-0 until Waskowitz homered with one out in the bottom of the fifth to double the Warriors' lead.
Saint Anselm got to Cook in the sixth, as Murrell started the inning with her team-high fourth home run of the season. After a pair of outs, Murphy hit her second long ball of the season to make it a 2-2 ballgame. Still with two outs, Madison Borrelli drew a walk and O'Connor and Bickford singled to load the bases, but Currie got a grounder to first to prevent further damage.
Currie's walk-off home run in the eighth ended a string of 10-straight batters retired by Perry going back to Waskowitz's home run in the fifth.
Saint Anselm continues a stretch of 11 games in eight days with a doubleheader at Saint Michael's on Tuesday, April 18 beginning at 3 p.m. The twin bill was scheduled for Wednesday but was moved up due to bad weather in the forecast.