Softball Swept at Southern Connecticut, 6-3; 8-0

NEW HAVEN, CT- Despite jumping out to a 2-0 lead in game one, the Merrimack College softball team (10-13) dropped a pair of road games to Southern Connecticut State University (20-8) Saturday afternoon on Pelz Field.

Game one ended at 6-3 while game two was an eight-run rule in the fifth inning, 8-0.

“Our bats were unusually quiet today and Southern certainly hit the ball well,” said head coach Elaine Schwager.  “We just had a tough day finding any rhythm, but we’re looking forward to getting back at it tomorrow against New Haven.

 Sophomore Monique Gosselin (Lawrence, MA) got the Warriors offense clicking with a two-run double to left center in the third inning, but three hits and as many runs from the Owls in inning two gave the home team the lead for good.

In game one, Kristen Lemay (Shrewsbury, MA) went 3-for-3, but could not round the bases to score.

“Kristen played great today and was solid on both sides of the ball,” said Schwager.

Sophomore Alex Gallant (Salem, NH) and freshman Kelli Jo Deardorff (Bedford, MA) split the six innings of game one, allowing four hits and three runs each.

In game two, Merrimack amassed only three hits, while Southern Connecticut went off for 11 hits and eight runs, including four runs in the first inning off six hits.

One bright spot of the nightcap was sophomore Amanda Zanni (Reading, MA) from the plate.

“Amanda did a great job working the count and going 2-for-2 in game two,” said Schwager.  “As a team, we’ll all have to bring our bats tomorrow against New Haven.”

The Warriors only other hit was in the third inning from Jamie Millett (Hudson, MA) to center field before she stole her sixth base of the season.

The Warriors are back in action on Sunday against the top-ranked Chargers of New Haven (22-2, 12-0 NE-10) in West Haven, Connecticut for a 12:00pm doubleheader.