Franklin Pierce Softball scoreless in first game of weekend series

by Kelsey Hausman
edited by Luke Tracy

Franklin Pierce University softball fell to Merrimack College 0-8 in the first game of their season’s final series Friday, April 28

Merrimack pitcher senior Haley Currie nearly threw a perfect game until FPU freshman Allison Collins connected with the ball and safely landed on first base in the first at bat of the sixth inning.

(Photo: Ali Palma)

The turnout was the best of the season as it was softball’s ABA (Athletes Backing Athletes) game sponsored by the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. Despite the near 150 students spectating from the perimeter of Bisaccia Softball Complex the crowd remained dull with the occasional fan cheering for a player they knew.

The Warriors started off strong gaining a 0-3 lead by connecting with the ball, aggressively running bases, and taking advantage of the Raven’s errors.

Merrimack’s early scoring prompted FPU freshman pitcher Amelia Mamone to be swapped with junior Aubrey Bianco in the third inning.

Merrimack’s Currie executed at the plate as well as the mound, going three for four in at bats with one run and one RBI.

Fellow senior Morgan Phipps assisted the warrior’s win in the top of the third with an inside the park home run to left center earning two RBIs. She knocked the ball to centerfield as two Ravens dove, unable to make the catch and throw out at second. The Ravens fumbled and threw too late to home as Phipps hit all four bags. The teams ended the third with the Ravens down 0-7.

The next two innings remained scoreless as Bianco pitched and the Ravens were able to hold defense against the Warriors and make the outs. Both teams chanted and rattled the chain link fence of the dugouts cheering on their batters.

Eventually Merrimack sophomore Emily Kurkel hit a RBI double advancing the score to 0-8 in the sixth.

The game remained perfect for Currie. She took the mound to attempt to finish what she started but the honor of allowing no batters on base was snagged when Collins hit a single on the first pitch of the inning. She retired the next three batters sealing the win for the warriors and ending the game early due to mercy rule in the sixth.

With another win under their elastic belts, the Warriors record improved to 30-12 overall and 17-5 in conference. This was the 32nd loss of the season for the Ravens with an overall record of 1-32. Their single win of the season came against Bentley on April 14.

The teams shook hands and continued the series on Saturday, where the ravens lost both games on their Senior Day.

 

 

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