Gosselin’s Grand Slam Gives Softball Split with Pace

PLEASANTVILLE, NJ – Monique Gosselin’s seventh-inning grand slam led the Merrimack softball team to a split with Pace Saturday afternoon.

Setter starter Kiryl Shada six-hit the Warriors in the first game 3-0, before the visitors rallied for the 8-5 win in the second.

Shada struck out just one but the Setter defense was solid, limiting the Warriors to just six hits.

Jill Gagnon (11-7) took the loss on the hill, allowing three runs and four hits in six innings. Her only blemish was a three-run homer in the fourth to freshman Lauren Bell.

In the second game, the Warriors started quickly, as Kristen LeMay drilled a first-inning, two-run homer to left, her fourth of the season. Gagnon followed with a run-scoring single to score Kelsey Ellis with the third run of the inning. Merrimack made it 4-0 in the second on an RBI double by LeMay, which scored Jamie Millett.

The Setters crept back into the game with a run in the third and two in the sixth, but Gosselin gave the visitors insurance, blasting a grand slam to left in the seventh to push the lead to 8-3. Pace put two more up in the seventh, but Alex Gallant shut the door, striking out Bell looking and getting a line out to short to end the game.

Atlee Cahill (6-3) got the win with four innings in relief of Vicky Cotter.

The Warriors (24-16, 17-9 NE-10) conclude the regular season Sunday at Southern Connecticut with a doubleheader beginning at noon. The Northeast-10 Tournament begins on Wednesday with the top four teams hosting first-round games.