SYRACUSE, NY- The Merrimack softball team suffered a pair of setbacks at Le Moyne Thursday afternoon, absorbing losses of 9-3 and 3-2. The Warriors fall to 9-15 overall and 3-8 in the Northeast-10 Conference. The Dolphins jump to 14-20 on the year and 8-6 in league action.
Tawny Palmieri (Peabody, MA) led Merrimack offensively with three base hits and two runs scored on the day while Ashley Perry (Winchendon, MA) drove in a team-high two RBIs in the doubleheader. Nicole LoPilato (Medford, MA) and Jaclyn Giovannini (Plano, TX) each picked up a pair of base knocks for the Warriors.
"We started out great with a couple of runs in the first inning but we committed too many errors," said head coach Jill Karwoski. "With two home events in a row, we will look to get back on track this weekend."
In the opening contest, Palmieri led off the top of the first inning with a home run to left field. Merrimack doubled its lead with one out in the frame to 2-0. After Monique Gosselin (Lawrence, MA) drew a one-out walk, Giovannini laced a double to left to plate Gosselin from first.
Le Moyne cut the deficit in half, 2-1, in the home half of the inning. Sarah Harrison collected an RBI single to left to drive in the Dolphins' first run of the day.
The home team exploded for six runs on five hits in the second frame. Kelcie Cashel doubled to left center to plate the tying run. A dropped fly ball in the outfield allowed Cashel and Kristin Brown to come around and score. Morgan Edmondson singled to pick up an RBI as Barb Shea touched home plate. Fran Kiernan followed with a two-run home run to centerfield to give Le Moyne a 7-2 advantage.
The Dolphins added two runs in the fifth inning as Leah Ford blasted a two-run homer to right-center to increase the margin to seven, 9-2.
The Warriors got a run back in the sixth as LoPilato's double down the left field line allowed Lindsay Gibbs (Acton, MA) to score from second base.
In game two, Merrimack threatened early in the contest with runners on second and third in the first frame with two outs but the hosts were able to get out of the inning unscathed.
The Warrior broke the scoreless tie in the top of the third inning with a pair of runs. Palmieri dropped down a bunt-single with one out and Ashley Perry launched a two-run homer to centerfield to give the visiting side a 2-0 edge.
Le Moyne captured the lead with a three-run sixth inning. Demetra Kermidas singled to drive in Edmondson from third. Brown lifted the Dolphins to a one-run advantage with a two-out single to score a pair of runners.
Alie Thomas (Bedford, MA) started the second contest and tossed 5.1 innings while striking out one batter. Deardorff hurled the final 2/3 of the sixth inning and picked up a strikeout.
Merrimack will return home to host Adelphi April 6 in a doubleheader starting at 10 am.