Game One Score: Penn State Brandywine 5, Emerson 1
Game Two Score: Penn State Brandywine 6, Emerson 5 (8 Innings)
Game One Pitching Decision: W - Bradley Ulmer (1-2) | L - Henry Schwartz (0-2)
Game Two Pitching Decision: W - Kevin Sessa (1-2) | L - Jack Fox (0-2)
Records: Emerson Lions (2-5) ; Penn State Brandywine Lions (4-8)
Location: Auburndale, Fl. (Lake Myrtle Sports Complex)
Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018
The Lead: In its fourth day of spring break action down in Florida, the Emerson baseball team fell in a twin bill against the Lions of Penn State-Brandywine on Thursday afternoon. Emerson was topped 5-1 in the opening game of the day before nearly scraping up a win in the second game before falling in eight innings, 6-5.
GAME ONE - Penn State-Brandywine 5, Emerson 1
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Freshman Ryan McCahan (San Jose, Calif.) and senior Pablo Feldman (Mill Valley, Calif.) went 1-for-2 in the box.
- Senior Neil Perry (Middleboro, Mass.) drove in one run, while senior Tim Quitadamo (Worcester, Mass.) crossed one run and stole a base and junior Ethan Young (Amherst, Mass.) also stole a bag.
- For Penn State Brandywine, Brian Reynolds led the Lions going 2-for-4 with an RBI while Andre Pendleton and Brett Sheeran each finished 1-for-3 with a combined one RBI and two runs.
- Schwartz took the loss for Emerson despite striking out nine and spread three hits and five runs (one earned) over six innings along with five walks.
- Freshman Nick Rempe (Islip, N.Y.) pitched one relief inning and gave up a pair of hits while fanning two.
- For PSB, Bradley Ulmer pitched a complete game in the win and allowed one run on two hits, one walk all while he struck out four.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Perry's sacrifice fly made its way out to right field to drive in Quitadamo for the game's first run to give Emerson the 1-0 lead after one inning.
- With Emerson holding a 1-0 lead, PSB answered with a pair of runs that were spread through the second and third frames and allowed them to pull ahead, 2-1.
- PSB got its first run on the board on a balk before Pendleton crossed the second PSB run after Robert Spitaletta reached on a throwing error committed by Emerson.
- The score stayed locked at 2-1 in PSB's favor as both teams were unable to plate a run within the fourth to sixth inning.
- In the top of the seventh, PSB used another Emerson mishap and an RBI single by Reynolds to seal the 5-1 win.
GAME TWO - Penn State Brandywine 6, Emerson 5 (8 innings)
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Sophomore Joe Cuccio (Jefferson, N.J.) anchored Emerson in the batter's fox and went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and one run scored, while junior CJ Rogers (Guilford, Conn.) plated two runs and went 1-for-5.
- Anthony Polanco paced PSB at the plate, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs and one run scored, and Sheeran followed going 3-for-5 with a run scored.
- Matt Magi, Reynolds also batted two hits each with a combined three runs and one run scored.
- For Emerson, freshman Kyle Urbanski (Tewskbury, N.J.) earned the no decision in his three inning stint and allowed two runs on a pair of hits while walking four.
- Taking the loss for the Lions was Fox, who surrendered a run on two hits to go along with two walks while fanning four, while Rempe took the mound for two innings and allowed two runs on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts.
- Chris Edwards started on the bump for PSB and spread five runs (three earned) on eight hits within five frames and walked two with four strikeouts.
- Sessa grabbed his first win of the season within a three inning effort where he blanked Emerson on two hits and struck out one.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Emerson put two early runs on the board to grab the game's first lead at 2-0 after two innings were in the books.
- Beginning Emerson's scoring in the first was Cuccio, who brought in Rogers from second on a two-out RBI single into right before freshman Dylan Scarfo's (Upper Montclair, N.J.) RBI single made its way into left in the second.
- PSB's halves of the second and fourth frames were used to square the score at 2-all.
- After Will Scott-Norris put PSB on the board on a sacrifice fly into left in the second, Brendan Ricciardi reached on a bases loaded fielder's choice to plate Polanco for the tying run in the fourth.
- Emerson capitalized on a pair of PSB errors and used a pair of hits to cross three runs within the fifth and were able push themselves on top by three at 5-2.
- With no outs and runners on second and third, Cuccio smacked a single into left (3-2) before sophomore Joe Paladino (Bedminster, N.J.) bunted in Perry to give the Lions a two run edge.
- Cuccio made his way around the bags within the fifth and crossed home the fifth Lions' run on Edwards' balk with Emerson now up 5-2.
- Emerson was unable to preserve its 5-2 lead and allowed PSB to get themselves back into the game with the next two runs to even the score again at 5-5.
- Polanco proved to be trouble for Emerson's pitching staff through the fifth and sixth frames as he was responsible for helping knot the score on a two-RBI single into right.
- Emerson gave themselves a chance to grab the lead with a runner on second with one out in the seventh, but Sessa retired the Lions on a pair of pop ups as Field downed PSB in order to send the game into the eighth.
- Much like the seventh frame, Emerson had a chance to end the game with a runner on third with an out before Sessa once again retired the side to begin the eighth.
- With one out and a runner on third, PSB was able to plate the winning run on Polanco's single into right.
- Emerson closes out its spring break trip tomorrow, March 9, with an afternoon doubleheader against St. Joseph's (Me.) with the first pitch set for 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
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