Game One Score: Emerson 7, Muhlenberg 5
Game Two Score: Emerson 4, Muhlenberg 3 (8 Innings)
Game Two Pitching Decision: W - Gabe Fields (1-0) | L - Justin Kimmel (0-1)
Records: Emerson Lions (2-3) ; Muhlenberg Mules (3-5)
Location: Auburndale, Fl. (Lake Myrtle Sports Complex)
Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018
The Lead: Thanks to four-run sixth inning in the first game of the day, the Emerson baseball team held on to capture its first win of 2018 as the Lions topped Muhlenberg, 7-5. The second game of the day was decided in the eighth inning where freshman Ryan McCahan (San Diego, Calif.) played the hero as his first collegiate hit counted as the game-winning RBI single in a 4-3 win to complete the sweep over the Mules on Tuesday afternoon.
GAME ONE - Emerson 7, Muhlenberg 5
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Pacing the Emerson bats was senior Neil Perry (Middleboro, Mass.), who was 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored and one RBI, followed by senior Pablo Feldman (Mill Valley, Calif.) with a two RBI day and scored one run on a 2-for-3 day in the box.
- Freshman John Gabert (Bedford, N.H.) drove in a pair of runs and also stole a pair of bases and junior CJ Rogers (Guilford, Conn.) plated two runs and stole one base.
- Both Sam Arnold and Jon Capra anchored Muhlenberg with a pair of hits and went a combined 4-for-8 at the plate with one run scored, two doubles and a triple between them, while Chris Grillo drove in three runs on a 1-for-3 effort at the plate with a triple.
ON THE MOUND
- Starting on the bump for Emerson was junior Tim Mainella (Dover, N.H.), faced 18 batters through the opening 3.2 innings and surrendered three runs on three hits along with four walks and sent six Mules down on strikes.
- Knox notched the W for the Lions after a 3.0 inning effort where he allowed two runs to cross (one earned) on three hits and walked two batters while he fanned three and was relieved by Schwartz, who faced one batter to earn the save.
- Jake Lebovitch began the game for the Mules and spread one run on three hits through five innings, as well as three walks and three strikeouts.
- Sam Kasten took the loss and surrendered four runs on five hits in the one inning he pitched while Paul Poppert allowed two runs to cross (one earned) on three hits with two strikeouts.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Both teams put zeros on the board for the first four innings before Emerson was able to cross the game's first run on an infield sacrifice fly by sophomore Joe Paladino (Bedminster, N.J.) and gave them the 1-0 lead.
- Muhlenberg answered in its half of the fourth and saw Grillo take Maniella deep with a bases clearing triple into the left center gap and propelled the Mules two a two-run 3-1 advantage.
- It was the top of the sixth frame where Emerson's bats came alive and took the game over with four runs crossing home.
- Feldman started the inning off with an RBI infield single to the shortstop and was brought home by senior Nolan Megna's (Buffalo, N.Y.) equalizing double into right center to bring the score to 3-3.
- The Lions did more damage in the batter's box and rattled out two more runs within the sixth thanks to an RBI double into right from Gabert and pushed them ahead, 5-3.
- Muhlenberg pulled back within one in the bottom half of the sixth on Matt Riebesell's sacrifice fly into center, but Emerson tacked its final runs on in the top of the seventh on a pair of RBI singles from Perry and Feldman with the score at 7-4.
- The Mules knocked Knox around in the bottom of the seventh frame and put runners on second and third with two outs, yet were only able to get one run out of it on a walk to Steven Koester before Schwartz relieved Knox and got Capra to send a game ending pop up to the shortstop.
GAME TWO - Emerson 4, Muhlenberg 3 (8 Innings)
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Sophomore Joe Cuccio (Jefferson, N.J.) and Feldman batted two hits apiece with two RBIs between the two of them, while Perry finished the day 1-for-3 with a double, one RBI and plated one run.
- Robert Cappadona recorded three of Muhlenberg's hits and went 3-for-4 as Brandon Weiss, Riebesell and Taylor Vasquez brought in all three Mules' runs and Grillo stole one base.
ON THE MOUND
- Notching his first collegiate win within one inning of relief was freshman Gabe Fields (Needham, Mass.) and allowed one hit.
- Starting on the mound for the Lions was junior Anthony Pugliese (Massapequa, N.Y.), who spread two runs, four hits and three walks through 4.1 innings with junior Noah Zimmerman (Queens, N.Y.) completing 2.2 relief innings and allowed one run one three hits along with one walk and one strikeout.
- For Muhlenberg, Isaac Spiegel earned the no decision in his 5.1 inning effort where he surrendered three runs (one earned) on six hits, three walks and fanned four.
- Kimmel allowed the winning run to cross within 2.1 innings pitched and took the loss while giving up a pair of hits and sent three Emerson batters down on strikes.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Scoring began for Emerson within the first frame thanks to Cuccio's RBI single into right that allowed Quitadamo to cross the first Lions run for the 1-0 lead.
- Muhlenberg claimed the lead from Emerson in their half of the third and saw the equalizing run plate despite the Lions turning a double play on Riebesell's fly ball into right.
- A costly throwing error by Emerson allowed Capra to safely reach first and thus allowed Weiss to score the go-ahead run (2-1).
- Within the home half of the third for Emerson, the Lions capitalized on several Muhlenberg errors that allowed the go-ahead pair of unearned runs to cross and pushed them ahead for the second time at 3-2.
- Perry plated the tying 2-2 run thanks to a mishap by the Mules' second baseman before Feldman belted in the third Lions run an RBI single into center that plated Paladino.
- Three innings passed with Emerson still in charge at 3-2 until Muhlenberg once again locked the score, this time at 3-3, on Weiss's RBI single made its way into center.
- Neither team were able to wrap the contest in seven innings as the game entered the eighth in a 3-3 tie.
- Muhlenberg threatened in the top of the eighth as Cappadona sent a one out single into right, but the threat was ceased as Grillo grounded into an inning ending double play.
- Cuccio began the Emerson half of the eight with a one out infield single and later made his way to second on another throwing mishap by the Mules and set up the potential game-winning run.
- McCahan stepped into the batter's box as pinch hitter and smacked his first collegiate hit into the right center gap that allowed Cuccio to score the game winning run from second as the Lions took the 4-3 win.
- Emerson takes the day off tomorrow before getting back on the diamond on Thursday morning at in a 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. doubleheader against Penn State-Brandywine.
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