Softball Wins One, Drops Two on Final Day in Florida

CLERMONT, FL – Ending their spring break schedule in Florida on Saturday, the Merrimack College softball team took down Nyack, 11-1, before falling to Queens (3-2) in eight innings and Molloy, 9-5.

Beginning Northeast-10 Conference play on Tuesday, March 30 against Saint Michael’s College at home in a doubleheader at 3:30pm, the Warriors bring a 4-7 record back from a wet week in Florida, as three contests were rained out on the week.

In game one against Nyack, Merrimack senior Casey Conetta (Darien, CT) hit her first home run of the year, while classmates Atlee Cahill (Gloucester, MA) and Jill Bradford (Stoneham, MA) combined for 7-of-8 from behind the plate.  Cahill went a perfect 4-of-4 in game one to help the Warriors earn a mercy rule-win in the morning.

In game two, Cahill pitched 7 1/3 innings, allowing just one earned run, but Merrimack fell 3-2 after Queens (NY) College notched eight hits after the game went into extra innings.

Conetta would knock a pair of hits to become responsible for two Warrior runs, while Kristen Lemay (Shrewsbury, MA) went 4-of-4 and scored both runs for Merrimack.  Despite 11 hits as a team, Merrimack committed two errors which made the difference in the end.

In the nightcap versus Molloy College, Merrimack fell 9-5, but was not without offensive firepower.  Junior Kara Melillo (North Andover, MA) hit her first career home run and sophomore Monique Gosselin (Lawrence, MA)  jacked a three-run homer to take a 4-3 lead in the first inning.  Conetta also recorded another two hits to contribute offensively.

Sophomore Alex Gallant (Salem, NH) got the start in game three, but allowed eight hits and seven runs to drop to 1-3 on the year.  Freshman Kelli Jo Deardorff (Bedford, MA) pitched three innings of relief and allowed one run on three hits.