Softball Drops a Pair on Opening Day to Millersville, #9 Kutztown

CLERMONT, FL – On the opening day of the 2010 season, the Merrimack softball team dropped a pair of hard-fought games to Millersville University (5-0) and #9 Kutztown University (3-1) on Sunday at Hancock Park.

“I felt like our team played tough in both games today,” said head coach Elaine Schwager after the season-opening twin bill. “We had a couple tough innings and that ended up being the difference, but all in all I’m happy with our effort and how the young players responded in their first college games.”

In game one Merrimack went scoreless, but freshman Kelli Jo Deardorff (Bedford, MA) [right] pitched four innings of relief while allowing just three hits and one run against eighteen batters.

On the offensive side, senior Casey Conetta (Darien, CT) and juniors Kristen Lemay (Shrewbury, MA) and Kara Melillo (North Andover, MA) all singled for the Warriors, but runs for Millersville in each of the first four innings built an insurmountable lead.

Against #9 Kutztown, the Warriors’ only let-up in the game was a three-run, two-error bottom of the second. In the start, freshman Courtney Parker (Bellingham, MA) pitched three innings and allowed two earned runs on five hits before being spelled by sophomore Alex Gallant (Salem, NH) who went three innings allowing one hit and striking out two.

To get the Warriors on the scoreboard for the first time in 2010, sophomore Monique Gosselin (Lawrence, MA) smacked a solo home run in the top of the sixth, but with only three hits in the game, Merrimack fell short, 3-1.

Merrimack returns to action on Monday afternoon with a doubleheader against #16 Bloomsburg University at 3:30pm and 5:30pm at Hancock Park.