MANCHESTER, N.H.- The Merrimack softball team split a pair of one-run decisions against Southern N.H. Friday afternoon. The Warriors move to 9-10 overall and 4-2 in the Northeast-10 Conference with the 3-2 loss and 4-3 win. The Penmen run their overall record to 7-15 with a 5-3 mark in the league.
In game one, the Warriors fell 3-2 despite owning a 6-5 edge in the hits column. Merrimack manufactured its two runs on a pair of long balls.
Kara Melillo (North Andover, Mass.) gave the Warriors a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning with her second home run of the year.
Southern N.H. utilized a two-run homer by Anderson to grab a 2-1 lead in the bottom half of the fourth. The Penmen added a third run in the bottom of the sixth frame to own a 3-1 lead heading into the final inning.
Monet Perry pulled the visitors to within one with a pinch-hit home run in the top of the seventh.
Kelli Jo Deardorff (Bedford, Mass.) went 5.1 innings in the pitcher's circle for the Warriors with six strikeouts.
Merrimack opened game two with an early run to snag a 1-0 advantage. Kristen LeMay (Shrewsbury, Mass.) reached base to lead off the game and scored on a passed ball to put the Warriors ahead at the end of one inning.
The visitors tacked on another run in the second inning as Monique Gosselin (Lawrence, Mass.) raked a solo homer to left field to double the lead to 2-0.
Southern N.H. took the lead in the bottom of the sixth with three runs on three hits to take a 3-2 lead.
Merrimack regained the lead in the top of the seventh. Millett led off the inning with a double to right center to kick off the rally. After advancing to third on a ground out, Millett tied the game at 3-3 on a hit by Amanda Zanni (Reading, Mass.).
Palmieri plated Zanni with a single to restore the Warriors' edge, 4-3, putting pressure on the home team with three outs remaining.
Deardorff pitched the seventh inning and emphatically shut the door with two strikeouts and a flyout as the Penmen threatened with the bases loaded.
Alie Thomas (Bedford, N.H.) tossed five and a third inning in her first start of the season. Thomas fanned three batters and scattered eight hits with one earned run. Alex Gallant (Salem, N.H.) picked up her second win on the year by going two-thirds of an inning.
"Today was an excellent team effort. A tough loss in the first game but we did a great job of bouncing back and winning the second game," said head coach Elaine Schwager.
Up next, the Warriors will host Southern Connecticut State and New Haven April 9 and 10 at Warrior Diamond.