Monday, May 01, 2017 6:11PM

SOFTBALLFPU ends season with 1-34 record

The Franklin Pierce University 2017 softball season came to an end on Saturday with two losses to Northeast-10 Conference opponent Merrimack College, a 11-1 five inning affair and a 9-0 shutout defeat. With the wins, the Warriors finish the year at 32-12, 19-5 NE10 and the Ravens conclude the campaign at 1-34, 1-23 NE10.

In a pregame ceremony, the softball team honored lone senior third basemen Mikaela Ballmer for her contributions to the university, the team and the athletic department.

Game One: Warriors 11, Ravens 1 (Final – 5 Innings)

Warriors starting pitcher Courtney Zambello improved to 10-3 as she hurled a complete game one run effort scattering three hits and striking out three batters. The guests number two through five hitters had a day as they were 7-for-13 (.538) with four doubles, a triple and nine RBI.

Ballmer, centerfielder Jaclyn Cortese and first basemen Dominique Bisaccia  each recorded hits as Cortese and Bisaccia stroked two baggers.

Game Two: Warriors 9, Ravens 0 (Final)

Designated player Ashley Conway  and catcher Allison Collins racked up two hits apiece in the defeat.

Merrimack got things going in the top of the first with back to back singles as a Mariah Tenney steal of second was sandwiched in between the base knocks. Currie would dribble a ground ball to Raven starting pitcher Amelia Mamone who threw to first to get the runner out allowing Tenney to score which put the Warriors up 1-0.

Franklin Pierce threatened with two base hits in the bottom of the first, but couldn't advance the runners past second base.

Merrimack would add three runs in the top of the fifth all off RBI singles, two runs in the top of the sixth and two in the top of the seventh to take the game 9-0.