Softball Drops Conference Doubleheader at Saint Rose

ALBANY, NY- The Merrimack softball team absorbed a pair of losses at The College of Saint Rose Saturday afternoon at Cathy Haker Field. The Warriors dropped game one 4-3 in extra innings before falling 6-0 in the nightcap. The Warriors progress to 8-11 on the season and 2-5 in the Northeast-10 Conference. The Golden Knights move to 8-15 overall with a 4-6 mark in league games.

Jaclyn Giovannini (Plano, TX) led Merrimack's offense with three hits, including two doubles. Jenn Post (Orange, CT) and Jessica Fugazzotto (Newton, MA) each landed a pair of base knocks in the twinbill. Kelli Jo Deardorff (Bedford, MA) and Monique Gosselin (Lawrence, MA) both picked up RBIs on the day.

"We started out well today and it was a tough loss in game one," said head coach Jill Karwoski. "We will look to make some adjustments tomorrow with another important doubleheader."

Merrimack jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Fugazzotto drew a one-out walk and advanced into scoring position on a passed ball. Gosselin drove in the sophomore from second base with a double down the left field line.

The Warriors doubled their advantage to 2-0 in the second frame. Ashley Perry (Winchendon, MA) walked with two outs then reached second on a passed ball. Deardorff followed with a double to the gap in left center to pick up her seventh RBI on the season.

With runners on second and third in the third inning, Merrimack pushed across its third run of the day as Gosselin scampered home from third after an errant throw on a pickoff attempt.

The hosts tied the contest at 3-3 in the bottom of the frame. Amber Loussedes lifted a sacrifice fly out to right to allow Kari Bird to tag up and score. Later in the inning, Olivia Reeves belted a two-run homer to right center to even the score.

With the game still knotted at 3-3 at the end of seven innings, the first tilt of the doubleheader went to extra innings to determine the victor.

Giovannini laced a two-out double to left center in the top of the eighth inning but the Warriors were unable to seize the lead.

Saint Rose loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth and Rachel Reed drove in the game-winning run with a bases-loaded walk.

Deardorff pitched her fourth complete game on the year and allowed just one earned run while striking out two batters.

In game two, the Golden Knights captured a quick 2-0 edge with a pair of runs in the first inning. Loussedes led off the frame with a double down the left field line and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Bird followed with a triple to left center to plate the first run of the contest. Kayla Kuilema increased Saint Rose's lead to two with a sacrifice fly to left.

The home side added two runs in the fifth inning to grab a 4-0 lead. Reeves singled to left center to drive in a run with one out before scoring on a fielding error. The Golden Knights finished off the scoring on the afternoon with a two-run home run from Reeves in the sixth.

The nightcap was called after six innings of play due to darkness.

Alie Thomas (Bedford, NH) logged her team-leading sixth complete game with a six-inning effort while scattering three earned runs and racking up two strikeouts.

Up next, the Warriors will travel to Le Moyne April 1 for a Northeast-10 doubleheader.