April 20, 2010

Late Homers not enough for Softball to avoid Sweep from Assumption

NORTH ANDOVER, MA – Despite two seventh-inning homers from Merrimack College in game one of a doubleheader with Assumption College, the Warriors could not produce enough offense to avoid the doubleheader sweep on Tuesday at Volpe Field.

With the losses, Merrimack dropped to 11-20 overall and 7-11 in Conference play.  The Greyhounds move two games over .500 overall (16-14) and in Conference play (10-8).

Falling behind 6-0 in game one, Merrimack scored their first run in the seventh inning on an Emily Cummings (Andover, MA) home run and would later see sophomore Alex Gallant (Salem, NH) send out a two-run homer, but that was all the Warriors could muster in a 6-3 loss of game one.

In an 8-2 defeat in game two, Merrimack surrendered five runs in the first two innings and could not make up ground, going scoreless over the final five innings to the Greyhounds three runs.

On the afternoon, Merrimack 16 runners stranded with an even eight in each outing.  The Warriors also committed three costly errors that led to four unearned runs in the first and one in the nightcap.

To lead the Merrimack offense, junior Kara Melillo (North Andover, MA) tallied three base-hits on the day and an RBI in game one.

The Warriors are back in action tomorrow when they host Stonehill College (14-12-1, 9-7 NE-10) for a 3:00pm doubleheader at Volpe Field.