CLERMONT, Fla.- The Merrimack softball team dropped a pair of games to No. 21 Dowling Monday at the National Training Center. The Warriors fell to 0-4 on the year while the Golden Lions remained undefeated at 10-0.
Merrimack suffered a 2-0 defeat in the first game of the doubleheader. Kelli Jo Deardorff (Bedford, Mass.) went the distance by pitching seven innings and allowing just five hits in the contest. Deardorff struck out three batters in game one.
The score was even at 0-0 until the seventh inning as Dowling pushed across a pair of runs to take a 2-0 lead.
Tawny Palmieri (Peabody, Mass.) and Monique Gosselin (Lawrence, Mass.) recorded the Warriors' lone hits in the game. Palmieri broke up Jessie Stavola's bid at a no-hitter in the bottom of the seventh with a leadoff single to left field. Gosselin raked a single to left in the next at-bat to give Merrimack runners at first and second with no outs. The Warriors were unable to plate a run in the final half of the frame.
In game two, the Golden Lions' bats came alive. Dowling connected for 11 hits in the contest en route to a 17-0 victory.
The Golden Lions were able to score 11 runs in the first inning to take a commanding lead. Dowling plated an additional four runs in the second frame to increase its lead.
Kristen LeMay (Shrewsbury, Mass.) led off the game with a single to right field for the Warriors. In the third inning, it was LeMay again reaching base on a single. She finished the game 2-for-3 from the plate.
Curran Hubbard (Laconia, N.H.) started the game in the pitcher's circle and was tagged with her first loss of the season. Alex Gallant (Salem, N.H.) and Alie Thomas (Bedford, N.H.) came on in relief efforts and combined for three strikeouts.
The Warriors will look to claim their first victory of the year as they take on Dowling again March 22. Merrimack will also face Augustana (S.D.) March 22.