Assumption Breaks Even at Merrimack

Mia Patriacca

Kayla Peabody

THE BASICS:

- Score: Assumption 3, Merrimack 0 (Game One); Merrimack 1, Assumption 0

- Records: Assumption (7-7, 1-1 NE10), Merrimack (10-11, 1-1 NE10)

- Location: North Andover, Mass. (Merrimack College)

- The Lead: Assumption started off the day with three quick runs in the first inning of the first game that the Hounds held onto to win the game 3-0 and continued their lockdown defense into the final innings of the second game where timely hitting benefitted the Warriors and gave them the 1-0, nine-inning win.

HOW IT HAPPENED: GAME ONE

- Assumption started the scoring early with Brooke Murphy (Salem, N.H./Salem High School) getting on base and pushed to third on a Kayla Peabody (Mendon, Mass./Nipmuc Regional High School) single. Murphy later scored when the Warriors threw to second when Peabody stole leaving home plate open for Murphy to take. Alyssa Beaton (Smithfield, R.I./Smithfield High School) walked and then Victoria Petrie (Marlborough, Mass./Marlborough) was up. She hit a triple to right field that drove in Peabody and Beaton for the Hounds to take a quick 3-0 lead after the top of the first.

- The Hounds held Merrimack scoreless with a scare in the sixth inning. There was a runner on second with one out and the batter hit the ball to Beaton at short stop who looked the runner on second back and then threw to Alyssa Bialakis (Boca Raton, Fla./St. John Paul II Academy) at first for the out. Bialakis then rifled the ball to Haley Drakoulakos (Lowell, Mass./Lowell High School) at third who made a diving tag to get the runner out and end the inning. Assumption held their own in the bottom of the seventh to earn the 3-0 victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

-  Mia Patriacca (Newton, Mass./Newton North) earned the win for the Hounds pitching all seven innings facing 25 batters and had two strikeouts. Bridget Soraghan of Merrimack recorded the loss with five strikeouts to 28 batters.

- Petrie went 1-for-3 at the plate earning the only two RBIs for the Hounds and hitting the only triple of the game. Murphy and Peabody earned the only stolen bases of the game.

- Peabody led the team going 2-for-3 in the batter's box while Olivia Crowley (Lowell, Mass./Lowell) also went 1-for-3 at the plate.

HOW IT HAPPENED: GAME TWO

- Both Merrimack and Assumption had outstanding pitching and fielding efforts for the entire game with minimal runners on base until the seventh inning. To start off the top of the seventh, Petrie walked and then Marissa Doherty (Tewksbury, Mass./Tewksbury Memorial High School) pinch hit for Bialakis. Ally Hinojosa (Revere, Mass./Revere High School) went in to pinch run for Petrie and on Doherty's bunt, Hinojosa reached second and Doherty reached first on a fielder's choice. Caitlin Mirabell (Shoreham, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) grounded out to the pitcher, but advanced the runners to third and second. Julia Mazzeo (Milford, N.H./Milford) went to first on a walk, loading the bases.

- Shelby Lindsay (New Durham, N.H./Kingswood Regional High School) pinch hit for Murphy and hit a pitch right back at the pitcher. The pitcher threw to home to get the forced out and then the catcher threw the ball to first, but the first baseman bobbled the catch, making Lindsay safe. Doherty then tried to steal home but was tagged out at the plate to end the inning.

- Mia Nowicki (Chelsea, Mass./St. Mary's Lynn) sent the game to extra innings by forcing the batter to fly out with a runner on third. The eighth inning went much like the first six innings of the game with minimal runners and great pitching.

- With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, the Warriors had Nicole Nanof hit a single. The next batter, Abigail Amato, singled as well advancing Nanof to second with two outs. Jenna Wike came up to the plate and hit a single to center field that drove Nanof in for the winning run.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

- Wike earned the win for the Warriors pitching to 13 batters with one strikeout. Nowicki pitched the entire game for the Hounds facing 34 batters and throwing three strikeouts.

- Peabody led the Hounds going 2-for-4 at the plate while tallying a double. Both Crowley and Mazzeo  were 1-for-3 in the box and Crowley earned the only other double for the Hounds.

UP NEXT:

- The Hounds are back in action on Saturday, March 23 at New Haven for a double-header at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

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