Gagnon and Ellis Blast Grand Slams, Warriors Take Two from St. Rose

ROTTERDAM, NY - In game one, senior Jill Gagnon (Manchester, NH) and sophomore Kelsey Ellis (Vancouver, B.C.) belted grand slams in the 12-4 win. The Warriors (17-7, 10-2 NE-10) went on to take game two 12-0 in five innings.

Merrimack certainly brought their bats with them to New York on Saturday with two Warriors contributing home runs and two more belting grand slams. In game one, the Warriors posted six runs by the second inning, four of which came when senior hurler Gagnon stepped up to the plate and with the bases loaded blasted the ball for her first grand slam of the season. Earlier in the inning two Warriors reached on walks and after a sacrifice bunt by right fielder Jamie Millett (Hudson, MA) and singles by senior Jill Richards (Bucksport, ME) and Ellis the field was set for Gagnon.

Merrimack's other big inning came in the sixth after St. Rose had managed to put up four runs giving the Warriors only a two run cushion. Millett led off the inning with a walk and following her, lead off hitter Richards reach on an error by the first baseman. After sophomore Kristen LeMay (Shrewsbury, MA) reached on a single, sophomore third baseman Ellis followed in Gagnon's footsteps launching a grand slam to expand the Warriors lead by six. Merrimack had a total of twelve hits in the first game with three players having two each and freshman Monique Gosselin (Lawrence, MA) and Ellis picking up three a piece.

Senior Gagnon not only managed to get it done at the plate but contributed to the win pitching seven strong innings on the mound. Gagnon allowed nine hits and struck out five in the win. On the field Merrimack committed one error.

Merrimack put up eleven more hits in game two and scored another twelve times to shut out St. Rose 12-0. Eight Warriors had at least one hit each in the five inning effort. Merrimack put up five runs in the first inning alone after four of the first five batters got on base. Junior Casey Conetta (Darien, CT) came to the plate swinging scoring Gagnon and Gosselin with her first home run of the season. After an exciting first inning sophomore Millett led off the second with a home run of her own, putting the Warriors up by six. Gagnon picked up her 30th RBI of the season when she knocked in Richards later in the inning. Merrimack was able to put five more runs on the board in the fifth to complete the five inning mercy rule shutout.

Senior Vicky Cotter (Hampton, NH) picked up her sixth win on the mound after pitching four scoreless innings. Cotter did not walk anyone and scattered three hits in the win, allowing only four base runners. Freshman Alex Gallant (Salem, NH) replaced Cotter in the fifth to face the last three batters of the game. Gallant did not allow a hit and got all three batters to ground out in the infield to complete the shutout.

Merrimack finished the day with two grand slams, two home runs, twenty three hits, and twenty four runs. The Warriors improve to 17-7 overall and 10-2 in the conference. Merrimack will finish up their weekend in New York tomorrow when they face LeMoyne at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

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