QUINCY, Mass. – A .714 day at the plate from Drew Risk and a team .333 batting average wasn't enough to pull out a W Wednesday afternoon as the Emerson Baseball Team fell 7-3 and 10-6 Tuesday afternoon to GNAC opponent, Suffolk. Zak Levine and Ben Quick both took losses on the day to move to 1-3 and 0-6 as the Lions fall to 5-21 on the year and 0-6 in the GNAC while Suffolk holds at 10-16 overall and 4-2 in conference play.
Game one saw the Lions give Zak Levine the ball where his defense struggled behind him to start the game as an error opened the game which allowed the Rams two runs in the first. The Lions cut it down to a one run lead in the third as Adam Speakman singled and took advantage on a Ram error to come around and make it 2-1.
The Rams butted back in the third with two more runs as they capitalized on some costly walks by the EC pitching staff with an RBI single and a bases loaded hit by pitch. Suffolk brought around another in the fourth with a sac fly and another single run in the fifth to inch ahead 6-1.
The Lions finally put a little bit of hitting together in the sixth inning as they rattled off four hits with a lead off Peter Maltzan single only to be followed up with a Drew Risk RBI single and an Austin Fontanella RBI single to cut it to 6-3. The was all that the Lions could bring home though as the Rams tagged on another run in the bottom of the sixth before finishing the game 7-3.
Game two sent Ben Quick to the hill to throw four solid innings as the Lions jumped on the board first in the game in the second inning as Austin Fontanella saw Cal Ciarcia home with an RBI single to take the lead. The Lions extended it in the third as well, this time with Ciarcia bringing home a run with an RBI ground out for a 2-0 lead.
The Rams surged back in the third with a single run before unleashing for eight runs in the fifth inning with seven hits and two Lion errors setting up EC's downfall. The Rams added in another insurance run in the sixth inning as well.
The Lions came out in a huge effort in their last at-bats though as they rallied on two outs to put up four runs off of RBI hits from Drew Risk, Kolby Woodfield and Austin Fontanella, but couldn't finish the comeback falling 10-6.
The Lions return to their home park this Saturday as they set to face conference-rival Lasell at 3:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. in Malden at Maplewood Field.