BROOKVILLE, N.Y.- The Merrimack softball team dropped a 1-0 decision to C.W. Post Saturday afternoon in the East Super Regional of the NCAA Tournament. The Warriors finish the season with a 31-23 overall record. The Pioneers improved to 41-14 on the year and advanced to the College World Series after claiming the series 2-0.
Kara Melillo (North Andover, Mass.) landed Merrimack's lone hit in the contest, a single in the second inning.
C.W. Post registered the game's only run in the top of the second as Kendall Bright homered to right field to lift the Pioneers to a 1-0 lead.
Trailing 1-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh frame, Tawny Palmieri (Peabody, Mass.) drew a lead-off walk. Amanda Zanni (Reading, Mass.) reached with two outs on an error by the Pioneers' second baseman to give the Warriors runners on first and second.
Kelli Jo Deardorff (Bedford, Mass.) struck out four batters in the game to raise the all-time single-season strikeout record to 163. Deardorff broke the all-time mark in Merrimack's game one loss with four strikeouts. The sophomore allowed just four hits in the contest.
"We had a great season this year and I am very proud of every single player," said head coach Elaine Schwager. "This team accomplished a lot of great things this season. Our seniors played an key role in us getting to this point."
The Warriors set numerous single-season records during the 2011 campaign. Monique Gosselin (Lawrence, Mass.) blasted 17 home runs on the year to rank second on the all-time list.
Deardorff moved into second in the record books with 234.2 innings pitched this season.
The Merrimack softball team captured the most NCAA Tournament wins in 2011 since the women's baseketball team's run to the Elite Eight in 2005.
The 2011 NCAA Tournament marked the 13th appearance for the softball team, a school record.