March 9, 2010

Gosselin Hits for Cycle, Deardorff Pitches Complete Game in 2-1 day for Softball

CLERMONT, FL - Sophomore Monique Gosselin (Lawrence, MA) hit for the cycle and freshman Kelli Jo Deardorff (Bedford, MA) pitched a complete game in a pair of wins to help the Merrimack College softball team to a 2-1 day at the National Training Center in Clermont, Florida Tuesday.

"Our bats came alive today and we started to find our rhythm in the batter’s box," said head coach Elaine Schwager. “It’s great to see our team get some confidence and also a few wins under their belts.”

Game 1: Merrimack 8, Queens (NY) 4

Game 2: Merrimack 0, St. Leo's 10 (5 inn.)

Game 3: Merrimack 9, Saint Joseph's (Ind.) 2

In game one against Queens (NY), Deardorff pitched a complete game for the Warriors, improving her record to 2-0 on the year.  The freshman allowed just one earned run and struck out three in the morning game.  On the offensive side, senior Casey Conetta (Darien, CT) tallied four RBIs and junior Kara Melillo (North Andover, MA) drove in two with a double and single to go with a fourth-inning stolen base.

In game two, Merrimack mustered six hits, but fell 10-0 to Saint Leo University. Freshman Courtney Parker (Bellingham, MA) made her second start of the season and fell to 0-2 as the Warrior bats fell silent in the second of the tripleheader.  Although, junior Jamie Millett (Hudson, MA) recorded two of the Warriors' six hits in the game.

The Warriors would rebound with a 9-2 win over Saint Joseph's College of Indiana in the nightcap behind Gosselin hitting for the cycle in the nightcap.  Melillo also went 4-for-4 with a trio of runs batted in on three RBI singles.  With 19 hits in the game, seven Warriors recorded multi-hit games, including three from junior second baseman Rachel Lozeau (Nashua, NH).

Merrimack has Wednesday off and will play Wayne State (Neb.) College and Post University on Thursday at 9:30am and 1:30pm.