SYRACUSE, NY - Merrimack (17-9, 10-4 NE-10) dropped two games on Sunday to #25 LeMoyne losing 7-2 in the first game, and 7-0 in the second.
The Dolphins came out swinging in game one and put four runs up in the first inning alone with three coming from LeMoyne's Jennifer Farrelly and Caitlin O'Neill when they roped back to back doubles to left, knocking in three runs. Merrimack could not get a runner on base in the first game until the third inning when sophomore Rachel Lozeau (Nashua, NH) reached on a single to right. Lozeau was caught stealing and the inning later ended without another base runner. After LeMoyne was up 5-0 in the fifth inning, Merrimack was finally able to push two runs across the plate. Senior Jill Gagnon (Manchester, NH) led off the inning with a single. Following her, junior Casey Conetta (Darien, CT) blasted a double to left, scoring Gagnon, and sophomore Kara Melillo (North Andover, MA) stepped up next belting a double to center, scoring Conetta. The Warriors scoring stopped there though and Merrimack managed only six hits in the 7-2 loss.
On the mound senior pitcher Gagnon started the game and pitched three innings, giving up five hits and striking out three. Junior Atlee Cahill (Gloucester, MA) took over for Gagnon in the fourth inning. Cahill gave up four hits and did not walk anyone in her three innings pitched.
In game two, LeMoyne hurler Jenna Vanacore pitched a strong seven innings, allowing only four hits and a total of only five base runners the whole game while she struck out ten Warriors. Senior Gagnon had two of the four hits for Merrimack, a single to left in the second inning and another single to center in the fourth. Sophomore Kelsey Ellis (Vancouver, B.C.) and freshman Kasey Smith (Abbotsford, B.C.) each chipped in with a hit.
Senior pitcher Vicky Cotter (Hampton, NH) got the loss in game two, pitching the entire game. Cotter scattered ten hits and struck out two in her third loss of the season.
Merrimack will next face Bentley Wednesday at home at Warrior Field. The doubleheader is set to begin at 3 p.m.