Softball Utilizes Long Ball to Sweep Le Moyne

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.- The Merrimack softball team blasted five home runs to take two wins against Le Moyne Friday afternoon at Warrior Field. The Warriors remain atop the Northeast-10 standings with a 16-6 mark in the league and a 21-14 overall record. The Dolphins drop to 13-17 on the year and 11-7 in conference games.

Merrimack topped Le Moyne 2-0 in game one and rallied to earn an 8-4 victory in the night cap.

Monique Gosselin (Lawrence, Mass.) paced Merrimack with four RBIs in a 3-for-5 effort from the plate with a pair of homers. Jamie Millett (Hudson, Mass.) drove in three runs with three hits while Tawny Palmieri (Peabody, Mass.) also had three base knocks on the day.

The Warriors launched back-to-back round-trippers to break a scoreless tie in game one. Gosselin got Merrimack on the board in the sixth inning with a solo shot over the right field fence. Kara Melillo (North Andover, Mass.) followed with a home run down the left field line.

Kelli Jo Deardorff (Bedford, Mass.) pitched a complete game while striking out five batters to pick up her 14th win of the year.

Kristen LeMay (Shrewsbury, Mass.) hit a lead-off homer to start game two for the Warriors. Millett blasted a solo homer as Merrimack went yard in back-to-back at-bats for the second time on the day. The Warriors owned a 2-0 lead after one inning of play.

The Dolphins plated four runs in the top of the fifth to grab a 4-2 advantage. After the first two batters of the inning reached base, Barb Shea laced a two-out triple down the right field line to knot the game at 2-2. Morgan Edmondson gave Le Moyne its first lead of the afternoon with a two-run home run to center field.

Merrimack quickly regained the edge in the bottom half of the frame. Millett and Palmieri got on base with one out, bringing Gosselin to the plate to represent the go-ahead run. The junior cracked her second four-bagger of the day to reestablish the home team's lead, driving in three runs to put the Warriors on top 5-4.

The Merrimack offense wasn't finished as it scored three runs in the sixth to cushion the advantage to four runs. Alex Gallant (Salem, N.H.) smacked a lead-off single and LeMay drew a two-out walk. Millett pushed the two runners across the plate with a double down the left field line. Palmieri sent a single up the middle to drive in Millett from second to cap off the scoring.

Alie Thomas (Bedford, N.H.) went 4.2 innings in her sixth start of the year, allowing no earned runs and fanning one batter. Deardorff closed the game with two innings of relief, scattering two hits and no runs with one strikeout.

Merrimack remains on home turf as it hosts The College of Saint Rose April 25.