Score: Wittenburg 10, Emerson 2
Records: Emerson Lions (5-2); Wittenburg Tigers (2-4)
Location: Auburndale, Fl.
Date: March 10, 2017
The Lead: On Friday morning, the Emerson baseball shouldered a 10-2 setback at the hands of the Wittenburg Tigers in non-conference play as the Lions continued RussMat Central Florida Invitational action.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Junior Nolan Megna (Buffalo, N.Y.) tallied a pair of doubles and scored one run to finished 2-for-4 at the plate for the Lions.
- Sophomore Ethan Young (Amherst, Mass.) finished 1-for-3 in the batter's box going 1-for-3 with a double and one RBI.
- Starting on the mound for Emerson was senior Clint Fontanella (Pelham, N.H.), who was tagged with the loss and surrendered eight runs on 11 hits while he struck out three and walked three batters.
- Sophomore Tim Mainella (Dover, N.H.) and sophomore Noah Zimmerman (Queens, N.Y.) pitched 3.1 relief innings and allowed two runs on four hits with one walk and a strikeout.
- Matt Baker was the leader in the batter's box for Wittenburg and finished 4-for-5 as he crossed home two runs with an RBI.
- Adam Mays followed with three RBIs and a double, while Tim Bates and Jace Barga each recorded two RBIs.
- Jonathon Forster pitched six innings and gave up two runs on five hits with six strikeouts and a walk in the Tigers win and Avery Hogue pitched the final three innings and surrendered two hits and struck out two.
- Wittenburg outhit Emerson, 15-7.
- Emerson stranded four runners on the bases and Wittenburg left eight on the bags.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Wittenburg got its offense going and plated their first two runs in the bottom of the first to take the 2-0 edge.
- After Brad Mallott singled in the first run to score Baker, Bates sent a sacrifice into right to plate Marshall Eippert.
- Emerson answered in their half of the second as Megna crossed home on Young's RBI double to close the gap to one at 2-1.
- Wittenburg put themselves in front by two at 3-1 within the third and stretched seven runs over the course of the fifth and six frames to put the lead at 10-2.
- A pair of RBI doubles from Mays and Josh Kaplan kicked off the fifth to help Wittenburg begin to distance themselves from Emerson at 5-2.
- Barga batted a two-run triple to bring in two more before Baker capped the inning off with an RBI single to bring the score to 8-2.
- Bates belted a triple to plate the Tigers ninth run as a sacrifice fly ball into right from Mays crossed the 10th and final run.
- Emerson takes on Wentworth as part of the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational tomorow, Saturday, March 11 to conclude its spring trip with the first pitch slated for 9:30 a.m.
- Wittenburg takes a short break and resumes play with pair of games against Mount Union on Saturday, March 18 beginning at 2:00 p.m.
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