BROOKVILLE, N.Y.- The Merrimack softball team suffered a 4-2 loss in game one of the NCAA Tournament East Super Regional series at C.W. Post Friday afternoon. The Warriors fall to 31-22 overall while the Pioneers improve to 40-14 on the year.
C.W. Post notched the game's first runs with a pair in the second inning. Britney Agostini's triple to left center drove in the Pioneers' first run. Agostini scored on a single up the middle by Krysta Palazzo to give the home team a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the third, C.W. Post added a third run as Kendall Bright singled to center to plate Kaci Hopkins.
The Warriors tallied a run in the top of the fourth frame to cut the deficit to 3-1. Tawny Palmieri (Peabody, Mass.) and Kara Melillo (North Andover, Mass.) earned back-to-back walks. Palmieri and Melillo both moved up one base on a wild pitch.
Following a short rain delay, Merrimack resumed action with a walk by Alex Gallant (Salem, N.H.) after a lengthy at-bat. Gallant's at-bat culminated with a pitch high and wide that got away from the Pioneers catcher and rolled to the backstop, allowing Palmieri to score from third for the Warriors' first run.
C.W. Post's Nicole Hagenah led off the home half of the fifth with a home run down the left field line to restore the Pioneers' three-run advantage, 4-1.
Gosselin worked a full count with one out in the sixth inning and sent the 3-2 offering sailing over the center field fence to pull Merrimack to within two runs, 4-2.
Kelli Jo Deardorff (Bedford, Mass.) tossed a complete game for the Warriors with four strikeouts on the day. With her four strikeouts, Deardorff claimed the all-time single-season record for number of strikeouts recorded with 155 this season, breaking the previous mark of 154 set by Kim Page in 1992 and 1994.
"We played like ourselves after the rain delay today, nice and relaxed," said head coach Elaine Schwager. "Tomorrow we need to come out and play like we know how to play from the start."
Merrimack looks to rebound Saturday as it will take on C.W. Post in the second game of the best-of-three series.