Game One Score: Franklin 8, Emerson 0 (5 innings)
Game Two Score: Staten Island 6, Emerson 3
Game One Pitching Decision - W: Olivia Paszek (4-1); L: Kodie Cash (1-3)
Game Two Pitching Decision - W: Nicolette Trapani; L: Keely Marquez
Records: Emerson Lions (1-9); Franklin Grizzlies (7-2); Staten Island Dolphins (3-1)
Location: Kissimmee, Fl. (Wide World of Sports)
Date: March 11, 2017
The Lead: To conclude the Emerson softball team's spring trip, the Lions were swept in the final day of doubleheader action against the Franklin College Grizzlies and College of Staten Island Dolphins. In the first game of the doubleheader, the Lions suffered an 8-0 setback. The Lions had their comeback halted by the Dolphins and fell, 6-3, in the final game of the day.
GAME ONE: Franklin 8, Emerson 0
HOW IT HAPPENED
- On a pair of RBI singles from Savannah Ble and Monica Colli, Franklin crossed its first two runs to take the 2-0 lead within the Grizzlies half of the first.
- Paszek did not allow the Lions past second throughout the game and allowed Franklin to pack on a six-run third frame to extend their lead to 8-0.
- After a pair of singles drove in the third and fourth Grizzlies runs, a two-RBI double from Baylea Lyons helped Franklin push the score to 6-0 before two wild pitches allowed the final two runs to cross.
- Emerson tried to get something going within the top of the fifth as sophomore Alena Jones (Woodinville, Wash.) batted a single through the left side, but Paszek retired the final two batters on strikes.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Freshman Micaela Dix (White House Station, N.J.), sophomore Kallista Leonardos, (El Granada, Calif.) Jones and Marquez each notched hits for Emerson.
- Grace Paszek went 2-for-2 at the plate for Franklin with a run scored and two RBIs.
- Cash pitched 3.1 innings in the loss as she gave up four runs on four hits with four walks.
- Freshman Erin Nolan (Hunterdon, N.J.) pitched .2 innings of relief and surrendered four runs on two hits and three walks.
- Paszek recorded five scoreless innings and only gave up four hits to match five strikeouts.
GAME TWO: Staten Island 6, Emerson 3
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Staten Island jumped out to the 3-0 lead within the third inning heavily in thanks to a two-RBI single by Vanessa Jioia that slipped through the left side.
- From the third to fifth frames, Emerson tacked on a run each inning and allowed the Lions to remain within one of the Dolphins.
- A double into the left center gap from Dix helped Emerson cross its first run and cut the deficit to two before Katie Hill's (Canton, Conn.) double to right center put the Lions within one at 3-2.
- Jioia rocketed a double into the left center gap in the top half of the fifth to up Staten Island's lead back to two at 4-2.
- The Lions kept pace with the Dolphins and saw Dix send a single into left to once again cut the Dolphins edge down to one at 4-3.
- Jacqueline Cautela's sixth inning single propelled Staten Island to the two-run advantage once again at 5-3 and plated their sixth run on a wild pitch within the seventh.
- Senior Shelby Carney (North Reading, Mass.) notched a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh to keep comeback hopes alive, but the Lions recorded the final out on a grounder to second base.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Dix finished 2-for-3 at the plate with a pair of RBIs.
- Both Jones and Carney batted two hits apiece with a run scored.
- Jioia paced Staten Island with three RBIs.
- Cautela and Patricia Riches each tallied two hits, one run and RBI and Antionette Galbo plated two runs.
- Marquez gave up nine hits and six runs (five hits) with two walks and three strikeouts through seven innings in the loss.
- Trapani surrendered three runs (two earned) on seven hits through seven innings and struck out four.
- Emerson returns for its first home games of 2017 against Johnson & Wales on Saturday, March 18 with the first game slated for a 12:00 p.m. start.
- Franklin and Staten Island conclude Citrus Games action on Sunday, March 12 as Franklin faces Rochester at 8:30 a.m. and Staten Island at 10:45 a.m.
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