After using a two-run top of the sixth to lead the team to a 2-1 victory in Game 1, the Merrimack College softball team watched a three-run lead slip away an inning later and had its rally fall short in a 7-4 loss in Game 2, as the Warriors (8-12, 1-1 in NE-10) settled for a doubleheader split with Bentley yesterday afternoon.
In what proved to be a pitcher’s duel throughout, Merrimack finally got on the board in the top of the sixth with two runs and turned the ball over to freshman Haley Currie with the go-ahead runs on base in the bottom of the sixth, as the rookie righthander held on for the save.
Merrimack erased a 1-0 deficit after senior Kelsey Francher tripled in the top of the sixth.
In the second game, Allison Berthiaume blasted a bases-clearing triple that gave Merrimack a 3-0 lead in the top of the second, but Bentley would respond with four runs in the bottom of the third before adding important insurance runs in the fourth and fifth.
Men’s lax survives
Leading by just a goal with plenty of time remaining, preseason All-American and junior forward Jamie Shandput the eighth-ranked Merrimack College men’s lacrosse team on his back, ripping off a pair of game-deciding, back-to-back goals to give the Warriors a lead they would never relinquish, as the Navy and Gold held on for a huge 11-10 regional victory against No. 9 LIU Post yesterday afternoon at Martone-Mejail Field.
Merrimack improved to 5-3.
Women’s lax falls short
Sophomore Shealyn Anthony finished with a hat trick but, the Merrimack College women’s lacrosse team dropped a 9-7 decision at Saint Michael’s yesterday. The Warriors fell to 2-8 overall, 1-6 in the NE-10.
Baseball team falters
The Merrimack College baseball team endured a 7-3 loss to NE-10 foe Bentley yesterday. Tim Cashman took his first loss of the season for the Warriors (12-8, 6-3 in NE-10). Bentley improved to 9-8 and 5-1 respectively.