Warriors Pick Up their Sixth Conference Win
WORCESTER, MA - After losing game one 3-1, Merrimack (13-7, 6-2 NE-10) put up four runs in game two for a 4-2 win.
After two innings of scoreless play in game one, Assumption got on the board first after Marissa Palumbo was hit by a pitch and eventually scored after Merrimack gave up two hits to right field. Merrimack finally managed to knock in their lone run of the game after sophomore Kelsey Ellis (Vancouver, B.C.) led off the fifth inning with a double to left field. Ellis eventually scored and contributed with another two hits in the game. Merrimack had a total of five hits but could not manage to string any together to put up more runs. One of their best chances to score came in the third inning when the bases were loaded with no outs.
Senior Jill Gagnon (Manchester, NH) pitched a complete game six hitter, striking out seven and walking three. After scoring one run in the third, the Greyhounds managed to score two more after Greyhound first baseman Amy Gordon hit a double to left, knocking in two of her teammates to put Assumption up 3-1.
In the second game of the day, Merrimack came out swinging, finishing with a total of nine hits. The Warriors started early, scoring one run in the second inning when freshman Kasey Smith (Abbotsford, B.C.) got on after belting a single to center. Following Smith, classmate Alex Gallant (Salem, NH) got on with a single through the left side of the infield. Smith went on to score the Warriors first run when senior Jill Richards (Bucksport, ME) knocked her in with a single to center. The Warriors put another run up in the third when Smith knocked in senior Gagnon who had reached on a double to center. Merrimack put up their final two runs of the game in the fifth inning. The Warriors racked up nine hits and both Gagnon and Smith finished the game with two each.
Vicky Cotter (Hampton, NH) took the mound in game two and allowed only four hits in the win. Cotter struck out three and walked four in her complete game effort. Behind her Merrimack committed three errors on the field but did the work at the plate to get the win.
Tomorrow Merrimack will face off with UMass Lowell at home. The games will begin at 3 p.m.