SYRACUSE, NY - The Merrimack (26-18) softball team could not manage to put a run on the board against Le Moyne in the first game of the double elimination Northeast-10 tournament. LeMoyne pitcher Jenna Vanacore limited the Warriors to two hits in seven innings in the first game of the day in Syracuse.
Merrimack had four base runners the entire game and only two hits off of LeMoyne hurler Jenna Vanacore. The lone Merrimack hits came from sophomores Kelsey Ellis (Vancouver, B.C.) and Kristen LeMay (Shrewsbury, MA). LeMay roped a one out single to center but Vanacore was able to retire the next two batters, leaving LeMay stranded. Ellis' hit came in the seventh with one out but she was picked off on a double play ending the Warriors hopes.
On the mound, senior Jill Gagnon (Manchester, NH) got the start for the Warriors. Gagnon pitched all seven innings giving up eight hits and striking out two. The Dolphins jumped out one nothing in the first after Gagnon hit the lead off batter to put her on base. LeMoyne's second run of the game came in similar fashion in the fourth after Gagnon hit shortstop Barbara Shea. Shea scored eventually after Gagnon gave up a hit and a one out ground out allowed Shea to cross the plate. The Dolphins put two more runs up in the sixth to complete their shutout.
Merrimack will take on Southern Connecticut at 2:30 p.m. in a win or go home game. If the Warriors win they advance to the next round Sunday at 10 a.m.