Softball Earns Hard-Fought Split with Adelphi Saturday

NORTH ANDOVER, MA – After dropping game one of a doubleheader in extra innings, 5-3, the Merrimack College softball team (15-26) bounced back for a 7-2 victory in game two over Adelphi University Saturday afternoon on Volpe Field.

The Warriors conclude their season tomorrow at home against Pace University in a doubleheader beginning at noon on Volpe Field.

In game one on Saturday, senior Atlee Cahill (Gloucester, MA) not only pitched all eight innings, but hit three singles in the opener.  Seven other Warriors reached on a base hit in game one for 11 hits as a team, but a pair of homers for the Panthers and four hits in the eighth proved to be the difference.

Cahill fell to 6-9 on the year entering her last doubleheader as a Warrior tomorrow afternoon.  The senior righty has pitched a total of 234.1 innings, striking out 88 in her four years.  She has also knocked 47 base hits in 115 appearances for Merrimack.

All day, the Warriors did not commit one error in the field, but did leave seven aboard in each game.

In the night cap, sophomore Monique Gosselin (Lawrence, MA) hit a three-run homer—her eighth of the year—to get the Warriors on the board first.  Gosselin would later rob the Panthers of a home run, but Deandra Leo connected on her second home run of the day to cut the lead to 3-1 in the fourth.

Merrimack sprung for another three runs in the fourth after junior Kristen Lemay (Shrewsbury, MA) hit a two-run single and Kara Melillo (North Andover, MA) drew a walk to bring in another run.

Junior Jamie Millett (Hudson, MA) also tacked on the seventh and final run in the sixth with her fifth double of the season.

Sophomore Alex Gallant (Salem, NH) got the start for Merrimack on the mound and improved to 5-7 on the year while allowing just two earned runs and striking out six in the 7-2 decision.

Seniors Jill Bradford (Stoneham, MA), Emily Cummings (Andover, MA), Casey Conetta (Darien, CT) and Cahill will be honored tomorrow in between the doubleheader with Pace at noon.  To date, the four have combined for an even 200 hits in their careers at Merrimack College.