NEW HAVEN, CT- The Merrimack softball team suffered a pair of losses at #18 Southern Connecticut State Sunday, falling 5-1 and 8-4. The Warriors slip to 13-20 overall and 7-14 in the Northeast-10 Conference. The Owls elevate to 33-5 on the year and 21-3 in the league.
Tawny Palmieri (Peabody, MA) paced Merrimack with a pair of hits on the afternoon and one RBI. Keaira Monet Perry (Bellingham, MA) drove in a team-high three RBIs in the twinbill on one base knock. Jaclyn Giovannini (Plano, TX), Monique Gosselin (Lawrence, MA) and Curran Hubbard (Laconia, NH) all collected one base hit on the afternoon.
"We played hard today and competed with a very good squad," said head coach Jill Karwoski. "I was proud of the way we played in both games and in our ability to bounce back and play well in game two."
In game one, Southern Connecticut grabbed an early 1-0 advantage with a run in the bottom of the first inning. Alyssa Downs drew a bases-loaded walk to plate the Owls first run of the day.
The Warriors knotted the score at 1-1 in the fourth as Giovannini drove in Gosselin with a single to right field.
The Owls reclaimed the lead in the fifth with a four-run frame. Kate Hoffmann laced a two-run single down the right field line with the bases loaded and one out. Jessica Rosa followed with a single up the middle to register a pair of RBIs as Downs and Hoffmann crossed the plate.
Kelli Jo Deardorff (Bedford, MA) tossed a complete game and surrendered five hits while racking up five strikeouts.
Merrimack erupted for three runs in the first inning of the second tilt. Palmieri led off the game with a single to left and Gosselin reached base on a fielding error before Hubbard drew a walk to load the bases. Keaira Perry cleared the bags with a one-out triple down the right field line to give the visitors a 3-0 edge.
Southern Connecticut responded with four runs in the home half of the frame. Brittany Bucko led off the inning with a home run to left. The Owls seized the lead as Rosa launched a three-run homer to left field.
The Warriors tied the score at 4-4 in the second as Palmieri blasted her team-leading ninth home run of the spring, a solo shot to left.
The hosts plated one run in the third to capture a 5-4 edge. Stacy Pouliout singled down the line in left to score Hoffmann from second.
Downs gave Southern Connecticut a four-run gap in the sixth inning with a three-run homer to left field, pushing the score to 8-4.
Deardorff started game two and recorded the first two outs, including one strikeout, before giving way to Alie Thomas (Bedford, NH). Thomas tossed 5.1 innings in her 17th appearance of the season and struck out three batters.
Up next, Merrimack will look to snap a three-game skid as it visits Bentley Tuesday, April 17.