SPRINGFIELD, MA - Merrimack (11-5, 4-0 NE-10) picks up two more conference wins, after a long nine inning battle in game one, and blanking the Yellow Jackets in game two.
It took nine innings in game one for someone to push one run across the plate but when it finally happened, it was Merrimack who came out victorious. At the plate, things were pretty quiet on both sides throughout the whole game with only Kristen LeMay (Shrewsbury, MA), Kelsey Ellis (Vancouver, B.C.), and Kara Melillo (North Andover, MA) getting hits through seven innings. Finally in the ninth, senior Jill Richards (Bucksport, ME) belted a single to right field. She moved over when LeMay dropped down a sacrifice bunt. Richards soon after scored the lone and game winning run when sophomore Ellis hit the ball to left field. Ellis also contributed with two stolen bases
Senior hurler Jill Gagnon (Manchester, NH) went the distance once again, pitching all nine innings. In her sixth win of the season, Gagnon struck out ten, walked two, and allowed only one hit which came in the bottom of the sixth when Michelle Franey hit one up the middle. Franey advanced to third but AIC could not capitalize.
After an exciting game one, the Warriors wasted no time in game two. AIC got off to a rough start, walking three Warriors alone in the first inning and in the second inning, freshman Alex Gallant (Salem, NH) was hit by a pitch. The Warriors scored two runs in each the second, fourth, and sixth innings. LeMay contributed once again with two hits and freshman Monique Gosselin (Lawrence, MA) contributed with two as well. Three Warriors, LeMay, Ellis, and Melillo, pitched in with two RBIs each.
On the mound, junior Atlee Cahill (Gloucester, MA) got the job done pitching a complete game. Cahill struck out three and allowed six hits, but did not allow a run and Merrimack committed only one error on the field.
Tomorrow, Merrimack will head to Worcester take on local conference rival Assumption. Game one will begin at 1p.m. with game two following at approximately 3 p.m.