Softball Suffers Sweep at #14 New Haven

WEST HAVEN, CT – Held scoreless through game one (4-0) and on the short end of an abridged 10-1 loss in game two, the Merrimack College softball team fell to #14 University of New Haven—the top-ranked team in the East Region—Sunday afternoon in West Haven, Connecticut.

Merrimack (10-14, 6-6 NE-10) fell behind 3-0 in the first inning of game one, but held the Chargers (24-2, 14-0 NE-10) scoreless over the next three innings.  The Warriors showed life in the third inning with hits from Rachel Lozeau (Nashua, NH) and Kristen Lemay (Shrewsbury, MA) with two outs, but the base-runners were stranded as all five Warriors who reached base on the afternoon would be.

Freshman Kelli Jo Deardorff (Bedford, MA) pitched 5.1 innings in relief to allow two hits for one run in game one.

In the second game, Merrimack took a 1-1 tie through the top of the third before the Chargers scored nine runs in the bottom half of the inning on seven hits.

Deardorff got the start in game two, but fell to 3-2 on the year after giving up four runs in 2.2 innings.

To tie the score at one in the second, senior captain Emily Cummings (Andover, MA) singled through the left side to score Kara Melillo (North Andover, MA) who reached on an error.

Lemay and senior captain Jill Bradford (Stoneham, MA) tallied the other two hits for the Warriors in a game called in the fifth due to the run-differential.

Merrimack is back in Northeast-10 Conference action on Tuesday when they travel to Franklin Pierce for a doubleheader at 3:00pm in Rindge, New Hampshire.