Softball earns 7-2 rubber match win over Merrimack in NE10 action

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College softball team won the season series against Merrimack College with a 7-2 victory on Sunday afternoon at Martone-Mejail Field in Northeast-10 Conference play.

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The Hawks improve to 26-8 overall and 14-2 against NE10 opponents while the Warriors drop to 17-20 overall and 8-10 in league play.

Junior pitcher Morgan Perry (Bethany, Conn.) moved into a two-way tie for fourth all-time in program history with current assistant coach Tayla Trask '15 with 45 career victories. Perry went five innings, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out four batters.

The first three innings was a classic pitcher's duel between Perry and Bryana Michitson as the two only allowed one hit each over that span.

However, the Hawks scored twice in the fourth, once in the fifth, three times in the sixth, and added a run in the seventh.

In the fourth inning, sophomore Maddison Leite (Cumberland, R.I.) reached on a fielder's choice, before a two-out walk to freshman Bailey Cain (Wellington, Fla.) put a pair of runners on. Junior Shannon Colson (Rochester, N.H.) knocked a fly ball to center that was misplayed, allowing both runners to score, giving Saint Anselm a 2-0 lead.

After a 1-2-3 inning by Perry to close out the fourth frame, Saint Anselm went ahead 3-0 in the top of the fifth on a solo home run by senior Jordan O'Connor (New Fairfield, Conn.).

Merrimack got two runs back in the home half of the fifth as Jenna Wike singled home Lucy Colarusso, who began the inning with a leadoff double. After Zoe Driscoll-Sbar reached on a fielder's choice, Bridget Soraghan plated her on a double.

Sophomore Lauren Washburn (Carmichael, Calif.) pushed across three runs in the sixth inning for the Hawks, building a commanding 6-2 lead. After the bases were loaded with a pair of walks and a single, Washburn cleared the bases with a triple down the right field line.

Saint Anselm loaded the bases once again in the seventh, beginning with a walk by Leite. After a walk to Cain, Colson moved the runners over with a single. Junior Maggie Murphy (Scarborough, Maine) hit a sacrifice fly to left field, allowing Leite to score.

After a leadoff single in the bottom of the seventh, sophomore pitcher Courtney Fisher (Taunton, Mass.) retired the next three batters to end the game for her first save of the season.

Saint Anselm will play the next five games at home, starting with a doubleheader against cross-town rival (and nationally-ranked) Southern New Hampshire University on Wednesday, Apr. 17.