NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Nicole Boucher (Woonsocket, R.I.) and Monique Gauthier (Canton, Conn.) each knocked two hits and drove in one run as the Saint Anselm College softball team took down Merrimack College, 4-2, for the final games of the divisional series Friday afternoon at Warrior Diamond. The Hawks took the second game of the series as well, 3-2.
With the pair of wins, Saint Anselm jumps above .500 to 20-19, while Merrimack drops to 18-21-1. The Warriors are now 11-10-1 in conference, 9-8-1 in the Northeast Division, as the Hawks stand in third place, 15-11 in conference and 12-6 in the division.
In the first game, Saint Anselm put a run on the board in its first at bat when Gauthier drove in Boucher, who reached on a double to lead off the inning.
The Hawks pushed their lead to three in the fourth as Hannah Byrne (Lynn, Mass.) singled to the shortstop with one out to initiate the rally. A Pattie Turner (Warwick, R.I.) walk put runners on first and second for Kasey Moran (Medford, Mass.), who reached on a fielder's choice. Byrne scored on the play, as she took advantage of a Merrimack throwing error. Olivia Story (Middleton, Mass.) then drove in Turner to close scoring in the inning.
Saint Anselm went up 4-0 when Boucher homered to right center.
Merrimack earned a run back in the fifth and the seventh to cut the Hawk lead in half, but Saint Anselm came away with the win, 4-2. Tayla Trask (Lincoln, Maine) took the mound for the Hawks, holding the Warriors to one earned run, giving up only six hits and striking out eight.
The second game of the doubleheader was pitched by Paige Cormier (Rochester, N.H.), who went seven innings, striking out four and giving up two runs.
Saint Anselm was first to score, for the second game in a row, when Turner ripped a two-run double down the left field line for a 2-0 Hawk lead.
Merrimack had the answer, however, in the fifth when the Warriors knotted the game at two with a two-run single to center.
Saint Anselm pushed across the winning run in the seventh when Story led off the inning with a single up the middle. Julie LeClair (Taunton, Mass.) pinch ran for Story and came around to score after a pair of fielder's choices for the 3-2 lead and the win.
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