Merrimack Clinches Fourth, Splits with Southern Connecticut
NEW HAVEN, CT - Senior Jill Gagnon (Manchester, NH) did not allow a hit in Merrimack's (25-17, 18-10 NE-10) nine inning 2-1 win. SCSU took game two 4-1 after Owls pitcher Brittany Hill limited Merrimack to only two hits.
Merrimack clinched fourth place in the Northeast-10 Conference today and will host a round one playoff game on Wednesday. Time and opponent will be determined tomorrow.
Southern Connecticut jumped on the board in the first inning after lead off hitter Julianne Flood reached on a walk and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly to center. The run was the only blemish of the game for Gagnon who struck out seven and walked three in her nine inning effort.
At the plate Merrimack had eight hits and multiple scoring chances throughout the game. They finally managed to put a run up in the top of the seventh to tie the game. The run came after the Warriors rallied with two outs. Senior Jill Richards (Bucksport, ME) started the rally with a single to right. Richards eventually scored on a wild pitch to even the score. The game went to extra innings and no one scored until the top of the ninth when Merrimack pushed one across the plate after sophomore Jamie Millett (Hudson, MA) reached on a walk. Millett moved over to second after Richards dropped down a sac bunt and scored when Kristen LeMay (Shrewsbury, MA) belted a double to right center. Gagnon finished off the bottom of the ninth to pick up the win.
In game two, Merrimack put their only run of the game up in the first inning when Richards scored after reaching on an error. Merrimack was limited to only two hits the entire game and did not put another run on the board. Merrimack's only hits came from sophomore Kelsey Ellis (Vancouver, B.C.) and Gagnon. Southern Connecticut managed nine hits off of Gagnon and junior Atlee Cahill (Gloucester, MA) for the win. Gagnon started the game pitching 1.2 innings, giving up three runs before Cahill came in to pitch the rest of the game. Cahill gave up five hits and one run, striking out one.
Merrimack completed their regular season finishing with a 25-17 overall record and a 18-10 record in the Northeast-10. Playoffs will begin this week.