Conetta Hits Grand Slam, Warriors Split with New Haven

NORTH ANDOVER, MA - Merrimack (20-12, 13-5 NE-10) won game one 7-5 after junior Casey Conetta (Darien, CT) belted a grand slam to put the Warriors up by two in the fifth inning. They dropped game two, 5-1.

The Warriors were down by five heading into the bottom of the fifth inning in game one when Merrimack was finally able to get something going. The inning started off when sophomore Rachel Lozeau (Nashua, NH) reached on an error, followed by classmate Jamie Millett (Hudson, MA) who walked. Both went on to score to put two runs on the board. The bases were loaded with one out for Conetta after sophomore Kristen LeMay (Shrewsbury, MA) walked and Merrimack powerhouses Jill Gagnon (Manchester, NH) and Kelsey Ellis (Vancouver, B.C.) belted back to back singles. Conetta stepped up to the plate and smashed a grand slam over the left field fence for her second home run of the season to put the Warriors ahead by two. 

On the mound, junior Atlee Cahill (Gloucester, MA) got the start and pitched five complete innings before freshman Alex Gallant (Salem, NH) came in to pitch the last two. Cahill gave up six hits and five runs, striking out one. Gallant relieved Cahill, allowing one hit and striking out two in the win.

Merrimack struck first in the second game when sophomore Kelsey Ellis (Vancouver, B.C.) belted her fourth home run of the season to put the Warriors up 1-0 in the first inning. New Haven managed to put one run up in the fourth and another two in the fifth. Merrimack managed only four base runners after Ellis' home run, and could not string any together to score a run. New Haven put two more up in the seventh to complete their 5-1 victory. Merrimack managed only five hits against New Haven hurler Breanne Gleason in the second game. Senior Gagnon accounted for two of the five hits.

Senior Vicky Cotter (Hampton, NH) pitched 4.1 innings for the Warriors giving up five hits and three runs. Cotter struck out three in the 5-1 loss. Freshman Gallant stepped in again to finish off the game. Gallant gave up four hits and two runs.

Merrimack will travel to Franklin Pierce on Thursday for two games, beginning at 3 p.m. The Warriors will be home next on Saturday when they take on St. Anselm in a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m.

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