Softball Trades Wins at Assumption

WORCESTER, Mass.- The Merrimack softball team earned a 2-1 win and suffered an 8-2 loss at Assumption Saturday afternoon. The Warriors move to 16-13 overall with an 11-5 mark in the Northeast-10. The Greyhounds run their record to 17-12 on the year and 11-5 in the league.

Tawny Palmieri (Peabody, Mass.) paced Merrimack with four hits on the day while Monique Gosselin (Lawrence, Mass.) drove in two RBIs.

In game one, Assumption scored the doubleheader's first run. Tanya Robidoux's sacrifice fly in the second inning put the home team ahead 1-0.

The game remained 1-0 until the sixth frame. Palmieri singled and Gosselin followed with a two-run home run to left field to reverse the advantage, giving Merrimack a 2-1 lead.

Alie Thomas (Bedford, N.H.) tossed her first complete game of the season, going the full seven innings and scattering eight hits while striking out one batter.

The Greyhounds plated three runs in the bottom of the first inning on two hits to take a 3-0 lead early in game two.

The Warriors loaded the bases in the third inning as Kristen LeMay (Shrewsbury, Mass.), Palmieri and Gosselin all reached base with one out. Kara Melillo (North Andover, Mass.) pushed across Merrimack's first run of the contest to cut the deficit to 3-1.

Palmieri sliced the home team's lead to one run as she came home on a wild pitch in the fifth, pulling the score to 3-2.

Assumption cushioned its edge in the home half of the fifth. The Greyhounds scored four runs on four hits to grab a 7-2 lead. Assumption added an eighth run in the sixth to increase its advantage to six runs, 8-2.

Kelli Jo Deardorff (Bedford, Mass.) worked 4.2 innings with three strikeouts while surrendering five hits. Alex Gallant (Salem, N.H.) finished game two with 1.2 innings of relief.

Merrimack remains on the road as it travels to take on American International April 17.