Season Recap: Late-Season Surge Sparks Softball to Strong Finish in 2012

NORTH ANDOVER, MA - The Merrimack softball team posted a 10-6 record down the stretch to finish the 2012 campaign with a 19-23 overall record and a 13-17 mark in the Northeast-10 Conference. The Warriors claimed 10th place in the final league standings.

Merrimack collected four Northeast-10 All-Conference nods this spring, headlined by second team selection Jaclyn Giovannini (Plano, TX). Monique Gosselin (Lawrence, MA) and Tawny Palmieri (Peabody, MA) each earned third team accolades while Jenn Post (Orange, CT) garnered All-Rookie honors.

The Warriors captured a 7-6 victory in the 2012 season-opener, awarding first-year head coach Jill Karwoski her first win with the program.

Merrimack returned to North Andover from its annual spring trip to the National Training Center in Clermont, FL sporting a 2-4 record. The Warriors split a Northeast-10 twinbill against Saint Michael's in the first home event of the season.

At the start of the month of April, Merrimack owned an 8-11 mark on the year. In the final two weeks of the season, the Warriors racked up 10 wins including claiming three doubleheader sweeps.

Merrimack swept the final home twinbill of the spring, topping American International 8-7 and 4-3 on Senior Day.

Palmieri paced the Warriors with a .371 batting average and 52 base knocks. The junior scored 40 runs and drove in 20 RBIs. Her 12 homers ranked first on the team and fourth in the Northeast-10. Palmieri slugged .714 on the year and was 4-for-4 in stolen base attempts.

Gosselin ranked second on the squad with a .311 batting average and 37 hits. The senior blasted seven home runs on the season to finish her career with 36, good for second on the all-time list. She knocked in a team-high 26 RBIs in the spring and crossed the plate 38 times while leading the Warriors with 31 walks.

Gosselin and Palmieri were the only two players to appear and start in all 42 games this spring.

Keaira Monet Perry (Bellingham, MA) drove in 22 RBIs on the season to rank second on the team and launched six homers. Jessica Fugazzotto (Newton, MA) led Merrimack with eight stolen bases on the year.

In the pitcher's circle, Kelli Jo Deardorff (Bedford, MA) owned a team-low 3.34 ERA with an 11-9 record. Deardorff tossed 11 complete games and logged 142.2 innings pitched while fanning 100 batters.

Alie Thomas (Bedford, NH) sported a 6-11 record while pitching five complete games. Thomas worked 81.2 innings this season and recorded the Warriors' lone save in 2012. She racked up 24 strikeouts on the year in 17 starts.

"In a season of transition, I am confident the foundation of hard work, execution of fundamental skills and overall perseverance has been laid. Despite some early season key loses, I am proud of how the team developed over the season and overcame adversity," said Karwoski. "I am looking forward to seeing how each player will embrace the summer and use it as an opportunity to advance as an athlete and grow as individuals."

Merrimack will graduate just two seniors this spring, Alex Gallant (Salem, NH) and Gosselin. The Warriors will enter the 2013 season with 21 veterans.