CLERMONT, FL - Going 3-for-3 and scoring three runs, junior Kristen Lemay (Shrewsbury, MA) led the Merrimack women's softball team to their first win of the season Monday over #16 Bloomsburg University, 5-4.
After delivering Bloomsburg their first loss of the year, Merrimack fell 8-2 in the second of the Monday doubleheader.
"We should a great deal of perseverance in the way we played today," said head coach Elaine Schwager. "It's always good to get a win, but when you gut it out like we did, it gives our team the confidence that we can win the close ones."
In game one, senior Atlee Cahill (Gloucester, MA) delivered alongside Lemay behind the plate with a pair of two-run singles in the first and third innings. Sophomore Monique Gosselin (Lawrence, MA) also went 2-for-3 with a pair of hits, including a fourth inning double that drove in the eventual winning run.
Freshman Kelli Jo Deardorff (Bedford, MA) pitched four innings of relief to secure her first collegiate win in a Warrior uniform. She allowed zero runs against 17 batters.
In the nightcap, nine Huskies recorded base hits, while only three Warriors put the ball in play safely. Lemay again tallied a multi-hit game (2-for-3), but the only scoring for Merrimack took place in the first inning.
The sweep of Bloomsburg seemed probably after a first inning featuring RBIs from Cahill and senior Casey Conetta (Darien, CT). While Merrimack held a 2-1 lead into the fourth inning, the Husky bats came alive in a four-run fourth and three-run sixth.
Four pitchers split time for the Warriors in game two, as Merrimack dropped to 1-3 on the season with the 8-2 defeat.
Back in action on Tuesday with a tripleheader, the Warriors face Queens (NY) College at 11:30am, St. Leo University at 3:30pm and Saint Joseph's of Indiana at 7:30pm.