CLERMONT, FL- The Merrimack softball team dropped a pair of non-conference decisions Saturday at the National Training Center. The Warriors fell to Hillsdale 7-4 before enduring a 5-0 setback to Lock Haven. The losses drop Merrimack to 1-3 on the season while the Chargers and Eagles improve to 5-4 and 9-8 overall.
Curran Hubbard (Laconia, NH) paced the Warriors with four base hits and four runs batted in on the day. Monique Gosselin (Lawrence, MA), Tawny Palmieri (Peabody, MA) and Jessica Fugazzotto (Newton, MA) all collected three base knocks in the two-game set while Lindsay Gibbs (Acton, MA), Allison Berthiaume (Berkley, MA) and Ashley Perry (Winchendon, MA) each picked up one hit.
"We faced two tough teams today but came away a little short," said head coach Jill Karwoski. "Our pitching and offense continue to improve and we hope to leave tomorrow with two more wins."
In game one, Hillsdale claimed an early 1-0 lead with a run in the top of the first inning. Merrimack responded with an equalizer in the home half of the frame. Palmieri scored one of her two runs in the game as Hubbard raked a single to tie the contest at 1-1.
The Chargers plated a pair of runs in the second and fifth innings to move ahead 5-1. The Warriors cut the deficit in half as Hubbard drove in a pair of RBIs with a double in the bottom of the fifth, 5-3.
Hillsdale restored its advantage to four in the top of the seventh frame with two runs. Merrimack tacked on its fourth run of the afternoon in the seventh as Hubbard landed an RBI single.
Alex Gallant (Salem, NH) went four and two-thirds innings in the pitcher's circle while registering three strikeouts. Hubbard hurled the final two and one-third innings in a relief effort.
In the Warriors' second game of the day, Alie Thomas (Bedford, NH) went the distance as she tossed a complete game with one strikeout.
Lock Haven scored two runs in the bottom of the third and added one in the fourth. The eagles tallied a pair of runs in the sixth inning to secure the victory.
Merrimack will close out the weekend with non-league tilts against NYIT and Franklin Pierce March 18.