Joseph La Rosa
After sweeping American International College’s softball team by scores of 7-6 and 2-1, sweeping Queens College by scores of 3-1 and 12-1, and sweeping Adelphi University by scores of 11-1 and 6-4, the LIU Post Women’s softball team split a doubleheader with Merrimack College on Saturday, March 24th, at home at the Softball Complex. LIU Post managed to win the first game 3-2 but lost the second 3-1.
In the first game of the day, after trailing 1-0 heading into the fourth inning, the Pioneers scored two runs off of an RBI double to left field from sophomore third baseman Nicole Hagenah and an RBI single to right field from freshman catcher Aly Dzierzynski. Merrimack tied the game up in the sixth inning off an RBI single, but the lead didn’t last long, when senior second baseman Kendall Bright led off in the seventh inning and hit a home run off of the first pitch. Sophomore Liz Weber earned her sixth win of the season, allowing only one earned run and striking out eight batters.
In the first inning of game two, sophomore third baseman Alexis Gonzales drove in a run off an RBI single to center field, driving in Catherine Havens. Merrimack then scored two runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to seal the victory, giving Alie Thomas the win for the Warriors. Taking the loss for the Pioneers was freshman pitcher Megan Salcido, who allowed two runs on eight hits. Salcido walked away with four strikeouts on the day.