Merrimack Sweeps Twinbill From #17 SNHU Softball To End Regular Season

Maddy Barone preparing to take a swing.


When and Where: April 27, 2019 – North Andover, Mass. (Martone-Mejail Field)
Game 1:  Merrimack 2, #17 SNHU 1 (10 innings)
Game 2:  Merrimack 3, #17 SNHU 0
Records: SNHU 36-12 (20-7 NE10, 14-7 NE10 Northeast), Merrimack 24-22 (15-12 NE10, 13-8 NE10 Northeast)

Top Performers:
- Junior Maddy Barone (Halifax, Mass.) went the full 9.2 innings in the first game and allowed two unearned runs.  She also went 3-for-3 with two walks in the first game.
- Senior Erin Garczynski (Norwood, Mass.) had one hit in each game to tie Ali Maloof for most hits in a career at SNHU.

Game 1:
- Merrimack scored an unearned run in the bottom of the third inning to take a 1-0 lead.  Caitlin McBride reached on an error and Tiffany Mangiameli, who had singled, scored.
- The only the run the Penmen scored came across in the top of the fourth inning.  Barone tripled and sophomore Olivia Strasser (Rutland, Mass.) bunted her home to tie the game at 1-1.
- SNHU had chances - leaving the bases loaded in the bases in the fifth, and stranding runners in every inning from the seventh on.
- In the top of the tenth, with the extra runner at second, Barone walked.  The Penmen could not produce a run.
- In the bottom of the tenth, a groundout advanced the extra runner Kelly Dovi to third.  The game-winning single came off the bat of Hannah Johnson.

Game 2:  
- A quiet offensive game for SNHU, managing just four singles against Warrior starter Melanie DeAlmeida (W, 4-2).  
- Merrimack struck for a pair of runs against Strasser (L, 14-3) in the bottom of the second inning.
- Luciellia Colarusso walked and Nicole Nanof doubled.  With two outs, Dovi singled to drive in both runs.
- McBride drove in a run with a bunt in the bottom of the fifth inning to give the Warriors an insurance run.

- Barone finishes a remarkable regular season at 18-5, 1.17 ERA.  She has notched 165 strikeouts in 179.1 innings pitched.
- Merrimack edged past Bentley and Assumption to finish in third place in the Northeast Division.  
- The Penmen were shutout for only the second time in 48 games.  The other was by then #11 Grand Valley State on March 9.

What's Next:
- The Penmen will compete in the Northeast-10 tournament which begins next week.  

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