Softball Salvages Split at C.W. Post

BROOKVILLE, NY- In a rematch of last season's NCAA Tournament East Super Regional series, the Merrimack softball team rebounded from dropping game one 3-2 to claim a 3-1 win in game two Saturday at C.W. Post. With the split, the Warriors progress to 7-7 on the season while the Pioneers move to 13-9 overall.

Tawny Palmieri (Peabody, MA) led Merrimack with a 3-for-7 performance at the plate with one RBI and one run scored. Keaira Monet Perry (Bellingham, MA) drove in a team-high two RBIs in the doubleheader and collected a pair of hits. Jenn Post (Orange, CT) and Monique Gosselin (Lawrence, MA) each landed two base hits and registered an RBI in the two-game set.

Kelli Jo Deardorff (Bedford, MA) and Alie Thomas (Bedford, NH) both tossed complete games for the Warriors in the pitcher's circle. Deardorff fanned three batters while Thomas recorded one strikeout.

"We came out and battled today against a quality opponent. I was proud of the way we bounced back after a tough loss in game one," said head coach Jill Karwoski. "This team keeps improving everyday and games like today's will benefit us as the season progresses."

In game one, Keaira Perry blasted a lead-off homer to left center to open the scoring in the top of the third inning to give Merrimack a 1-0 edge.

The hosts seized a 2-1 lead in the fourth frame as Aly Dzierzynski picked up an RBI single and Liz Weber drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly.

The Warriors leveled the contest at 2-2 in the sixth inning. Gosselin reached base to start the frame and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Curran Hubbard (Laconia, NH). Post followed with a single to right center to score Gosselin from second base.

The Pioneers won the game in the bottom of the seventh inning as Kendall Bright hit a walk-off solo home run to give the hosts a 3-2 victory.

Deardorff absorbed the loss in game one to move to 1-1 on the year.

C.W. Post grabbed a quick one-run advantage in the home half of the first. A one-out single to center by Alexis Gonzalez allowed Catherine Havens to come around and score from second.

Merrimack rallied in the top of the fifth to plate a pair of runs and capture a 2-1 lead. Palmieri launched her team-leading fourth homer of the season to left with one out to tie the contest at 1-1. Jessica Fugazzotto (Newton, MA) followed with a single to right and advanced to second on a passed ball. Gosselin laced a double to center to drive in Fugazzotto for the go-ahead run.

The Warriors tacked on a run in the sixth to extend the gap to two runs, 3-1. Nicole LoPilato (Medford, MA) reached base on a fielder's choice with two outs. A pair of wild pitches allowed the sophomore to move up to third. Keaira Perry registered her second RBI of the day as her infield single plated LoPilato.

Thomas logged her fourth complete game of the season in game two while allowing just one run and two walks.

Merrimack will close out its eight-game road trip March 25 at Dowling.