NORTH ANDOVER, MA --Merrimack (22-14, 14-6 NE-10) won game one of Senior Day 4-3 over Saint Anselm after putting four early runs up. Despite Kristin LeMay's three home runs in game two, the Warriors were defeated 14-13.
Senior hurler Jill Gagnon (Manchester, NH) picked up her 11th win of the season on Senior Day, fanning nine, bringing her overall K's to 121 on the season. Gagnon allowed only two hits before Saint Anselm managed to put three runs on the board in the sixth. She held on for the win, retiring the next six batters she faced.
Merrimack had eight hits in the win, with two coming from sophomore Kelsey Ellis (Vancouver, B.C.). Freshman Monique Gosselin (Lawrence, MA) scored two of Merrimack's four runs after reaching on a walk and a single. Gosselin scored the first run of the game in the second inning after Rachel Lozeau (Nashua, NH) roped a double. The Warriors' other three runs came in the fifth when sophomore Kara Melillo (North Andover, MA) cranked a double, knocking in Gagnon and Gosselin.
A total of eight balls sailed over the fence at Warrior Field in game two, each team claiming four. Three of Merrimack's four came from sophomore LeMay when she hit home runs in the first, second, and third innings. She picked up six RBIs on the homers, which were her first home runs of the year. Also picking up four hits in the loss was senior Jill Richards (Bucksport, ME) who contributed three singles and a double and scored three runs. Merrimack and Saint Anselm swapped runs pretty evenly through the game until the Warriors put four up in the fourth to extend their lead 13-8. Saint Anselm came storming back into the game in the sixth when Nicole Baginski belted a homer over the centerfield fence and later in the inning teammate Morgan Murphy put two more on the board for the Hawks, hitting a home run too.
Merrimack only managed two runners in the last two innings and could not string any hits together to expand their diminishing lead. Saint Anselm pulled out the win in the seventh inning which began with back-to-back hits to center before Kayla McEachern hit a three-run shot to left to put the Hawks up by one. Merrimack sophomore Ellis had hit a home run earlier in the game, which would have evened the score but it was called back by the umpire for illegal action on her part. Merrimack ran out of gas in the seventh allowing the Saint Anselm defense to retire the first three batters to end the dramatic game.
On the mound, Merrimack pitched three different Warriors with senior Vicky Cotter (Hampton, NH) getting the start on Senior Day. Cotter pitched 2.2 innings striking out one, walking one, and giving up eight hits. Freshman Alex Gallant (Salem, NH) came in to finish off the second inning and pitch the third before junior Atlee Cahill (Gloucester, MA) stepped in to complete the game. Gallant gave up only two hits in her 1.1 innings pitched and Cahill let up five, only walking one. Merrimack and Saint Anselm each finished the game with 15 hits and only a one run difference.
Merrimack will play their final regular season home game on Wednesday when they take on Southern New Hampshire for two games, beginning at 3 p.m.