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Using two sites during Day One of the Northeast-10 Conference Softball Championship Weekend, the two top seeds earned thrilling victories to set up a heavyweight showdown in Saturday's Championship Final. Here's how Thursday's action happened -
#1 NE Merrimack 2, #4 NE Southern New Hampshire | BOXSCORE
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – A pair of solo home runs – including a walk-off blast off the bat of sophomore Nicole Nanof – lifted top-seeded Merrimack to a dramatic, come-from-behind victory over fourth-seeded Southern New Hampshire in the semifinal round of the 2017 NE10 Softball Championship on Thursday afternoon at the Warrior Softball Diamond.
Merrimack will meet Adelphi in the championship final Saturday at noon to play for its first league tournament title in 15 years.
After a scoreless first, SNHU hopped in front with a solo home run off the bat of Sarah Lavallee, and that score went unchanged through the remaining three innings.
Trailing by one heading into its penultimate at-bat of the game, senior designated player Haley Currie went yard for the team-leading sixth time this season, as her solo shot leveled the ledger at 1-1. Merrimack had an opportunity to walk it off in regulation, putting a runner at third in the bottom of the seventh with two outs, but could not push ahead the winning run as the game went to extras.
Finally, with two outs and nobody on, Nanof's second home run of the season – and of her career – could not have come at a better time, as the sophomore roped a no-doubter to left to send the Warriors to the NE10 Final.
#1 SW Adelphi 10, #3 SW Le Moyne 9 | BOXSCORE
LOWELL, Mass. - Adelphi kept their playoff run alive with 10 hits in the last two innings of Thursday's NE10 semifinal matchup to overcome a seven-run deficit and capture a 10-9 victory against Le Moyne.
The Panthers (34-13-1) were led offensively by four different players, each of which recorded two or more hits in the win. Krista King and Nicole Camera both went 3-for-4, each scoring once and the latter accounting for four RBI. Nicoletta Cuccio and Christina Rizzi both chipped in two hits apiece and combined for five runs scored.
Adelphi heads back to the NE10 Championship Final. They will play Merrimack on Saturday, May 6 at noon. The schedule was altered due to impending weather, forcing both the quarterfinals and semifinals to be played on Thursday.
Earlier in the day, Le Moyne defeated Saint Anselm in the Quartefinal Round, while SNHU defeated Pace.
2017 NE10 Softball Championship Schedule
Tuesday, May 2nd
Game 1: #4 NE Southern New Hampshire 10, #3 NE Assumption 4
Game 2: #3 SW Le Moyne 6, #4 SW New Haven 4
Thursday, May 4 & Saturday, May 6
Thursday, May 4
Game 3: #4 NE Southern New Hampshire 5, #2 SW Pace
Game 4: #3 SW Le Moyne 13, #2 NE Saint Anselm 5
Friday, May 5
Game 5: #1 NE Merrimack 2, #4 NE Southern New Hampshire 1, Final - 9 Innings
Game 6: #1 SW Adelphi 10, #3 SW Le Moyne 9
Saturday, May 6
Game 7: #1 NE Merrimack vs. #1 SW Adelphi (12:00 PM)
Information for this release provided by the athletic communications staffs at Adelphi and Merrimack.
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