BROOKVILLE, NY – The Merrimack College softball team dropped a pair of games to C.W. Post on Thursday afternoon in their final tune-up before the Northeast-10 Conference schedule starts on Friday. In game one, Merrimack fell 7-2 before being blanked, 6-0, in game two.
The Pioneers, who until this week had been ranked in the national polls, own an 18-6 overall record and 13-3 mark on their home diamond.
In game one, senior Atlee Cahill (Gloucester, MA) got the start and went six innings allowing 12 hits and six earned runs.
"Atlee pitched a great game and we hit well in game one," head coach Elaine Schwager said following the doubleheader. "We made several defensive mistakes but C.W. Post is a quality team. Overall it was a great day to prepare for the start of our Conference schedule. We are taking it one game at a time and looking to set high expectations for ourselves."
Sophomore Monique Gosselin (Lawrence, MA) gave Merrimack an early 2-0 lead in the third on a double to left center, but C.W. Post scored a run in the subsequent four innings, including a four-run fifth.
In game two, sophomore Alex Gallant (Salem, NH) got the start and pitched five innings before being spelled by freshmen Courtney Parker (Bellingham, MA) and Curran Hubbard (Laconia, NH) for a combined inning. Senior Casey Conetta (Darien, CT) was the only Warrior with any luck against Pioneers’ ace Christina Berardi, knocking two of Merrimack’s three hits on the afternoon.
Junior Kara Melillo (North Andover, MA) accounted for the Warriors third hit in the top of the seventh during an attempted rally, but three Warriors were left stranded to end the game.
With the losses, Merrimack falls to 4-9 on the year in non-Conference play.
The Warriors begin their Northeast-10 Conference schedule on Friday when they host the Penmen of Southern New Hampshire University at 3:00pm on Volpe Field in a doubleheader.