CLERMONT, FL - In the first two of four games on St. Patrick's Day, Merrimack (5-1, 0-0 NE-10) took Nyack by storm putting up a total of seventeen runs for two more wins in their first doubleheader of the day. The morning brought a day of firsts with freshman Alex Gallant (Salem, NH) earning her first collegiate save in the 12-2 win and in game two freshman pinch hitter Kasey Smith (Abbotsford, B.C.) belted a double for her first hit in her first collegiate at bat.
The Warriors only needed five innings in game one to earn another win. Sophomore Kelsey Ellis (Vancouver, B.C.) wasted no time at the plate, going 3 for 4 with a single, a double, and a triple. Ellis scored four of the Warriors twelve runs, knocking in 2 RBIs, and stealing a base. Senior Jill Gagnon (Manchester, NH) did her part once again going 3 for 3, scoring two runs, and chipping in with four RBIs. Also contributing at the plate were sophomores Kristen Lemay (Shrewsbury, MA) who was 1 for 3 with a double, scoring two runs and Kara Melillo (North Andover, MA) who too was 1 for 3, with a triple, two RBIs, and scoring a run. Freshman Gallant did her part at the plate as well as on the mound hitting a triple, scoring a run, and knocking in an RBI. Merrimack had a total of ten hits.
On the hill for the first three innings was senior Gagnon who got the win in the 12-2 game. Freshman Alex Gallant pitched the last two innings, recording the save.
In part two of the double header, Merrimack capitalized on five of their eight hits for a 5-1 win over Nyack. Three players had multiple hits which included a multiple base hit for each of them. Sophomores Jamie Millett (Hudson, MA), Kelsey Ellis, and senior Gagnon were all 2 for 3. Millett scored two runs, had a single, and a triple. Ellis had a single and blasted an inside the park home run, picking up three RBIs. Gagnon contributed with a double and a triple and freshman Smith contributed pinch hitting, getting her first hit and an RBI.
Senior Vicky Cotter (Hampton, NH) pitched a full game on the mound, allowing only one earned run from Nyack. Merrimack did not commit an error in game two, picking up their fifth win in six games.
The Warriors (5-1, 0-0 NE-10) play tonight in their second doubleheader of the day at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. against Florida Southern. Tomorrow Merrimack has the day off before returning to the field Thursday to take on Philadelphia at 9:30 a.m. and conference rival Franklin Pierce at 11:30 a.m.