NEW HAVEN, CT- The Merrimack softball team halved a doubleheader at New Haven Saturday afternoon, prevailing 2-1 before falling 5-3. The Warriors progress to 13-18 overall and 7-12 in the Northeast-10 Conference. The Chargers move to 21-17 on the season and 11-11 in the league.
"We competed hard all day against a good team and it was good to get one win today," said head coach Jill Karwoski. "We have a tough challenge tomorrow so we will refocus and look to carry our strong play into tomorrow's games."
Jaclyn Giovannini (Plano, TX), Tawny Palmieri (Peabody, MA) and Ashley Perry (Winchendon, MA) all collected a pair of base knocks on the day to lead Merrimack. Monique Gosselin (Lawrence, MA) paced the Warriors with two runs batted in.
In game one, Merrimack fell behind early as the hosts scored the first run of the day in the bottom of the first inning. Shannon Angehr blasted a lead-off home run to give New Haven a quick 1-0 lead.
The Warriors captured a one-run advantage in the fifth with a two-run frame. After Palmieri reached on a fielder's choice, Gosselin launched a two-run homer to put Merrimack out in front 2-1. The round-tripper marked the senior's sixth longball of the season and 35th career blast.
Kelli Jo Deardorff (Bedford, MA) hurled her third-straight complete game in the opening contest, scattering four hits and one run while striking out three batters to improve to 6-7 in the pitcher's circle on the year.
The Warriors seized the lead in the top of the first inning in game two. Ashley Perry drove in the visitors' first run of the tilt with an RBI single to drive in Palmieri from second.
Merrimack added a run in the second frame to claim a 2-0 edge. Jessica Fugazzotto (Newton, MA) reached first with one out on a fielding error and came around to score on a double to left by Palmieri.
The Warriors increased the margin to three runs in the third as Jenn Post (Orange, CT) laced an RBI single to center, allowing Gosselin to trot home from third.
The Chargers broke up the shutout bid in the third inning, scoring five runs to take a 5-3 edge. Brooke Fisher drove in Angehr from third with a groundout to the right side of the infield. Jess Spivey followed with an RBI double to right to plate Lindsay Couturier. Gilly Childs tied the game with a two-out RBI single to left. Amy Nepi singled to left to drive in a pair of runs to lift New Haven to a 5-3 lead.
Alie Thomas (Bedford, NH) started the second game of the twinbill and tossed 2.2 innings while allowing four hits. Deardorff pitched the final 3.1 innings and gave up just one hit.
Merrimack will visit league-leading #18 Southern Connecticut State Sunday, April 15.