Softball Triumphs Twice at NTC

CLERMONT, Fla.- The Merrimack softball team defeated Mount Vernon Nazarene University 6-1 in game one of Friday's doubleheader at the National Training Center. The Warriors claimed a 9-1 victory over Taylor (Ind.) to wrap up the day. Merrimack moves to 4-6 overall with the two wins.

In the opening contest of the day, the Warriors got on the board with their first run of the game. Amanda Zanni (Reading, Mass.) landed a triple in the second inning and scored on an RBI single by Ashley Perry (Winchendon, Mass.).

Merrimack added a run in the fourth frame as Jamie Millett (Hudson, Mass.) drove in Jaclyn Giovannini (Plano, Texas). The Warriors tacked on a third run in the fifth inning as Monique Gosselin (Lawrence, Mass.) scored on a sacrifice fly to center field by Kara Melillo (North Andover, Mass.).

Millett and Kristen LeMay (Shrewsbury, Mass.) each recorded RBI singles in the sixth inning to help Merrimack grab its third win of the year. The Warriors finished with a total of 10 hits against the Cougars in the game.

Alex Gallant (Salem, N.H.) pitched a complete game and struck out four batters.

In game two of Friday's action, Merrimack blanked Taylor (Ind.) 9-1 in a game that went six innings.

The Warriors pushed across a pair of runs in the opening frame. Tawny Palmieri (Peabody, Mass.) singled then stole second and third. Palmieri scored on a passed ball to start the scoring. Melillo followed with a walk and was plated by an RBI single by Giovannini.

In the second inning, Millett drew a walk and LeMay smacked a line drive to right field to score Millett.

A three-run third elevated Merrimack's lead over the Trojans to 6-0. Gosselin walked and Zanni drove her in for her first RBI of the day. Zanni and Millett both came across the plate on a triple by Perry.

Zanni drove in her second run in two games in the fourth frame with a sacrifice fly, scoring Melillo for a 7-0 advantage.

The Warriors finished off the scoring in the sixth inning with a three-run inside-the-park home run by LeMay.

Kelli Jo Deardorff (Bedford, Mass.) tossed a six-inning shutout to pick up the win for Merrimack. Deardorff fanned five in the contest.

The Warriors wrap up play at the National Training Center March 26 as they will square off against Warner University.