Late Homer Prevents Softball’s Sweep of Franklin Pierce

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.- The Merrimack softball team earned an 8-3 win in game one and fell 4-3 in the nightcap to Franklin Pierce Tuesday afternoon at Warrior Diamond. The Warriors move to 13-12 overall and 8-4 in the Northeast-10. The Ravens run their record to 4-18 on the year and 2-8 in the league.

Monique Gosselin (Lawrence, Mass.) fueled Merrimack's offense with a 4-for-6 performance from the plate with three RBIs and three runs scored. Tawny Palmieri (Peabody, Mass.) also contributed four hits on the afternoon for the Warriors.

In game one of the doubleheader, Merrimack got on the board first as Kara Melillo (North Andover, Mass.) plated Kristen LeMay (Shrewsbury, Mass.) with a sacrifice fly to centerfield in the first inning.

Franklin Pierce grabbed a 2-1 lead in the top of the second frame on a two-RBI single by Emily Griffin.

Melillo led off the third with a single through the left side of the infield and advanced to second on an illegal pitch. Gosselin tied the game with in her first RBI of the day on a single to right field to push Melillo across the plate to spark of four-run clip.

Alex Gallant (Salem, N.H.) sent a single back up the middle to drive in Gosselin for the go-ahead run. Ashley Perry's (Winchendon, Mass.) first collegiate home run capped off the scoring as the rookie sent a two-run laser over the left field fence to extend the Warriors' lead to 5-2.

The Ravens got a run back in the fourth inning to chip away at the home team's advantage, cutting it to 5-3.

Gosselin kicked off the bottom half of the fifth frame with a solo shot to restore Merrimack's three-run lead, 6-3. Jamie Millett (Hudson, Mass.) followed with a double to right field and moved to third on a bunt single by Gallant. Millett came home as Gallant swiped second base to cushion the Warriors' lead to four runs.

Perry drove in her third RBI of the game with a single up the middle to score Gallant.

Merrimack registered 15 hits in the contest while sophomore pitcher Kelli Jo Deardorff (Bedford, Mass.) surrendered just three hits in game one. Deardorff tossed a complete game with four strikeouts to pick up her 10th win of the year.

Gosselin blasted her second homer of the day to open the scoring in the second inning of game two.

Franklin Pierce took a 2-1 edge in the top of the third frame with a pair of runs on three hits.

The Warriors knotted the score at 2-2 in the home half of the inning as LeMay doubled then stole third and trotted home on a throwing error by the catcher.

Each team tacked on a run in the fifth inning. The Ravens jumped ahead 3-2 as Ashley Noke doubled to score Griffin. Merrimack did not allow the visitors' lead to last long as Palmieri drove in Jessica Fugazzotto (Newton, Mass.) with an RBI single.

Griffin launched a lead-off homer to lift Franklin Pierce to a 4-3 advantage in the final inning of play.

Curran Hubbard (Laconia, N.H.) started in the pitcher's circle for the Warriors and went three innings. Gallant and Deardorff each hurled two innings of relief action in the loss.