ORANGEBURG, N.Y. (Apr. 25, 2016) – Led by complete-game shutouts from freshman McKaily Cusumano (Monroe, Mich./Monroe) and junior Jackie Kielty (Middleboro, Mass./Dean College), the Mercy College softball team concluded their 2016 season with 6-0 and 10-0 victories over Nyack College in a doubleheader on Monday afternoon.
The Mavericks (22-28) conclude the season with nine more wins than a year ago, while the Warriors (9-41) still have one doubleheader left for the season.
Game 1: Mercy 6, Nyack 0
The Mavericks cruised to a game one win with six runs on six hits to down the Warriors in game one of the doubleheader.
The game would remain scoreless until the top of the sixth inning, when freshman Kaylee Stevens (Simi Valley, Calif./Royal) broke through with a homer to left center field to get the scoring going. The Mavericks would score one more run in the inning when junior Stephanie Kirgan (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst) reached first base on an error, bringing freshman Joelle Salisbury (Rotterdam, N.Y./Notre Dame/Bishop Gibbons) home to increase the Maverick lead to 2-0.
The top of the seventh inning would see the Mavericks score four more runs for the win. Sophomore Marlena Marzigliano (Highland Mills, N.Y./Cornwall) scored the first run of the inning off of an error by the Warriors. Next up, senior Amanda Gardiner (Stratford, N.J./Sterling) would fly out to left field, bringing sophomore Morgan Lloyd (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) in for the run and earning the RBI. Stevens was then able to score off of a passed ball. Salisbury would score the final run of the game when she stole home as junior Katiana Golino (Carteret, N.J./Carteret) attempted the steal.
Salisbury led the Mavericks at the plate with a 3-for-4 day with two runs scored, while Stevens went 1-for-3 with her fifth home run of the year.
In the circle for the Mavericks was Cusumano, who pitched the full seven innings and struck out a game-high six batters. For the Warriors, senior Kim Yano also pitched the full seven innings, allowing six hits and striking out one Maverick.
Game 2: Mercy 10, Nyack 0
The nightcap saw Mercy explode in scoring, as they were able to score ten runs to win in six innings. The Mavericks got on the board quickly as Marzigliano led off the game with a home run to left center, making it 1-0 after the top of the first.
After Kielty tossed a 1-2-3 bottom half of the inning, Mercy added a pair of runs in the top of the second on passed balls to make it 3-0. Stevens made it 4-0 in the third inning with an RBI double to right center that scored Lloyd.
Lloyd connected on a home run in the top of the fifth to make it 5-0. Kielty continued to deal as she allowed only two hits on the day with seven strikeouts. The Mavericks broke open the game in the top of the sixth with five runs to take a commanding 10-0 lead. Marzigliano singled home a run to make it 6-0 before Golino scored on a wild pitch to make it 7-0. Lloyd capped off the scoring with a three-RBI double to right center.
The Warriors recorded their second hit in the bottom of the sixth, but could not score any runs and the Mavericks earned the win via the run-rule.
Lloyd went 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored, while Marzigliano went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI.