UNCG Softball Scores Late for 5-3 Win Over Merrimack

UNCG Softball Scores Late for 5-3 Win Over Merrimack

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNC Greensboro (UNCG) softball team opened the UNCG Invitational with a 5-3 win over Merrimack on Thursday at the UNCG Softball Stadium.

The Spartans tallied 10 hits for the fifth time this season.

How it happened:

Merrimack got on board in the top of the first with one run on two hits and one error. With runners in scoring position, Sydney Samuel reached on an error and Ellen Hubbard scored for a 1-0 advantage, before the Spartans retired the side with a pop up.

The Warriors extended its lead to three on Hubbard’s RBI single with one out scoring Thiana Brito and Madison Cerpa’s sacrifice fly scoring Sofia Palyan from third.

In the bottom of the second with two outs, UNCG had runners on second and third for Jessie Shipley’s RBI double to right field, which cut the deficit to one, 3-2. The Spartans retired Merrimack with three-straight batters in the top of the third and tied the game at three with Grace Loftin’s fifth home run of the season.

Neither team scored in the fourth or fifth innings. After a flyout in the bottom of the sixth, Shipley singled and then advanced to second on a passed ball. Brooklynn Maxwell then singled and advanced to second on an error, scoring Shipley for the Spartans first lead, 4-3. Loftin then singled to put runners on the corners, and both Maxwell and Loftin stole bases to add to the lead, 5-3. With Salem Ward in the circle, Merrimack was retired twice on strikeouts and a ground out for her second win of the season.

Notes:

Four Spartans had multi-hit games.
Maxwell went 2-for-3 with one run scored and one RBI.
Loftin went 2-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI.
Shipley swung 2-for-3 with one run and two RBI.
Tori Dalehite went 2-for-3 with one run scored.
Ward had six strikeouts in the win to match her career best. She had six strikeouts against Morehead State on February 19, 2023.
Pitching Records:
Salem Ward: W, 2-2
Madie Fornwalt: L, 2-3

Records:
UNCG: 12-10
Merrimack: 2-13

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UNCG returns to play tomorrow, Friday, March 8, facing UMass at 9:00 a.m. and Charleston Southern at 4:30 p.m. at the UNCG Softball Stadium. Click here for the schedule and any schedule updates that happen through the tournament.

All regular season home games are free admission. Concessions are open and outside food will not be permitted. All weekday home games (not including Friday) will be Bark in the Park games, where spectators can bring their dogs.

Courtesy of Denise Archetto
Assistant Athletic Director For Strategic Communications
UNC Greensboro