MANCHESTER, NH– Snapping a three-game win streak, the Merrimack College softball team (8-11, 4-2 NE-10) dropped the opener but won the nightcap on the road against Saint Anselm College Wednesday afternoon in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Merrimack took a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning and a 3-2 lead into the sixth, but eight straight Hawks scores gave the home team game number one.
Sophomore Monique Gosselin (Lawrence, MA) came up a single shy of the cycle as she belted a home run in the seventh to bring the Warriors within three, but the lead was too much to overcome and Saint Anselm won their second Conference contest of the year, 9-6, to improve to 2-3 in the Northeast-10.
Going 4-for-7 with six RBIs on the day, Gosselin improved her batting average to a team-leading .439 and .877 slugging percentage with all four of her hits being of the extra-base type.
In the game, Merrimack did not commit an error and registered eight hits, but 14 hits and an error-free outing from the Hawks left the Warriors short-sided.
“I like the way our team is hitting the ball,” said head coach Elaine Schwager. “Our defense is starting to pick up, but we have to limit the opposition’s offense whenever possible. Again, consistency is what will allow us to sweep more of these doubleheaders and cover some ground in the Conference.”
In game two, a three-hit, five-run third inning was all the Warriors needed for a 5-4 win in the nightcap. After falling behind 3-0, Merrimack’s Gosselin smacked a base-clearing double to start the flood of runs. Senior Casey Conetta (Darien, CT) added to the scoring spree with a two-run shot that scored Gosselin from second.
Sophomore Alex Gallant (Salem, NH) picked up her third win of the year in 6.0 innings, while allowing three earned runs and striking out six. Freshman Courtney Parker (Bellingham, MA) pitched the bottom of the seventh and held the Hawks hitless to pick up her second save of the year.
The Warriors are back in action on Thursday when they host Saint Michael’s College (6-10, 1-5 NE-10) at Volpe Field for a 3:00pm doubleheader.