Cahill Pitches Softball to Pair of Wins over Saint Michael's, 11-1; 5-2

NORTH ANDOVER, MA – Helping the Merrimack College softball team improve to 6-2 in the Northeast-10 Conference and 10-11 overall, senior pitcher Atlee Cahill (Gloucester, MA) picked up a pair of wins (11-1; 5-2) Thursday afternoon against Saint Michael’s College in eight total innings on the mound.

The Purple Knights fell to 6-12 (1-7 NE-10) with their seventh straight loss.

“Our pitchers stepped up today and pitched exactly how they are capable of pitching every day,” head coach Elaine Schwager said.  “I was very happy with how the hits were distributed up and down the lineup.  It will be important for us to remain consistent on both sides of the ball as we head into a tough weekend.”

In game one, the Warriors offense exploded for 16 hits and 11 runs, while Cahill held the Purple Knights to six hits and one run in an abridged eight-run rule game that was called in the middle of the fifth, 11-1.

For Merrimack, all seven batters who recorded base hits each hit at least two in the opener.  Juniors Kristen Lemay (Shrewsbury, MA) and Rachel Lozeau (Nashua, NH) recorded three hits and two RBIs apiece in the onslaught.  Senior Jill Bradford (Stoneham, MA) also recorded a pair of triples while driving in a run in game one.

In game two, the Warriors batted only half the hits they mustered in game one, but the five runs they scored proved sufficient.  Junior Kara Melillo (North Andover, MA) registered her second straight multi-hit game, including her fifth double of the year.

Spelling Cahill on the mound in game two was Alex Gallant (Salem, NH) and freshman Courtney Parker (Bellingham, MA) who picked up her third save of the season in a one-two-three seventh inning.  Gallant allowed only one hit and one run in 3.0 innings on the mound.

In the top of the third, Lemay hit her first home run of the year to give the Warriors a 3-1 lead and the eventual winning run.

Beginning on Saturday, April 10th, the Warriors embark on a six-game road trip starting with a doubleheader at Southern Connecticut State University at 1:00pm.