CLERMONT, FL - Merrimack (7-3, 0-0 NE-10) bounced back from their losses on Tuesday night, sweeping both Philadelphia and Franklin Pierce. The Warriors mercy ruled Philadelphia 8-0 in only six innings and blanked conference rival Franklin Pierce 4-0.
In the first game, Merrimack saw hits from ten different players including sophomores Kristen Lemay (Shrewsbury, MA) and Kelsey Ellis (Vancouver, B.C.). Lemay was 2 for 3 at the plate with a single and a double and Ellis contributed with a hit. Senior hurler Jill Gagnon (Manchester, NH) helped herself out going 2 for 3, scoring a run and belting two singles. Merrimack had a total of twelve hits in the first game, capitalizing on eight of them.
On the hill senior Gagnon pitched five innings allowing only two hits and striking out nine. Junior Atlee Cahill (Gloucester, MA) came in and pitched the last inning in the 8-0 win.
In game two, Lemay, Ellis, and Gagnon continued hitting at the plate with Lemay going 2 for 3, scoring a run, Ellis going 3 for 4 with a run and an RBI, and Gagnon going 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs. Junior Casey Conetta (Darien, CT) helped out her team going 2 for 3. Merrimack had eleven hits total in the second game.
Cahill continued pitching on the mound and got the win. Senior Vicky Cotter (Hampton, NH) came in and got the save for the Warriors. Merrimack only gave up three hits all game and did not commit an error in either game Thursday.
Merrimack will visit Rollins tomorrow for the last two games of their Florida trip. The games are set to begin at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.