Game One Score: Emerson 4, Lesley 2
Game Two Score: Emerson 11, Lesley 2 (6 innings)
Records: Emerson Lions (3-9); Lesley Lynx (1-10)
Location: Boston, Mass. (Rotch Field)
Date: March 20, 2017
The Lead: Backed by four home runs, including a pair from sophomore Kallista Leonardos (El Granada, Calif.), the Emerson softball team used the long ball to power past the Lesley College in a doubleheader sweep over the Lynx on Monday night in non-conference action.
GAME ONE: Emerson 4, Lesley 2
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Lesley tacked on its first two runs to grab the 2-0 lead within their halves of the first and third frames.
- Carlyn Barker drove the Lynx's first run on an infield single to the pitcher as the second crossed on a wild pitch.
- With two outs in their home half of the third, Emerson took Lesley pitcher Alyssa Nisbet deep twice to put themselves in front, 3-2.
- Senior Shelby Carney (North Reading, Mass.) launched a homer over the left field fence to cut the lead to 2-1 before Leonardos sent a two-run bomb into deep center.
- Junior Jillian Gearin (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) took Nisbet deep for the third time and rocketed the Lions fourth run into left center.
- Lesley threatened in the top of the seventh with runners on the corners, but Emerson freshman pitcher Keely Marquez (La Verne, Calif.) got Jordan Raab to ground to third to close out the game.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Leonardos went 2-for-3 in the batter's box for Emerson with a homer, single, two RBIs and scored one run.
- Along with Leonardos, Gearin and Carney also tallied one home run each.
- Barker led Lesley at the plate and finished 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored.
- Marquez earned her first win of the season with a 10-hit, two run complete game effort with one walk and one strikeout.
- Nisbet took the loss for Lesley as she surrendered four runs on five hits (three home runs) and allowed one walk with three strikeouts through three innings.
- Sarah Buschman pitched the final three frames and gave up one strikeout and one walk.
- Lesley outhit Emerson, 10-5, while the Lions left two runners on the bases and the Lynx stranded 10 on the bags.
GAME TWO: Emerson 11, Lesley 2 (6 innings)
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Lesley grabbed the 1-0 lead in its half of the opening inning as Stephanie Schofield sent a sacrifice fly into left to plate Pereira.
- In the top of the third, Lesley extended their lead to 2-0 as an error committed by the third baseman allowed Pereira to cross home the second run.
- Emerson sent its entire lineup to the plate in the bottom of the third as the Lions answered with six runs to pull ahead, 6-2.
- Sophomore Alena Jones (Woodinville, Wash.) and Gearin batted a pair of RBI doubles to drive in the first four Emerson runs.
- After freshman Micaela Dix (White House Station, N.J.) crossed the fifth Emerson run on a mishap by the pitcher, Carney drew a walk to cross Gearin home for the sixth run of the inning.
- Lesley threatened in the top of the fourth with a two-outs bases loaded situation, but Emerson junior pitcher Kodie Cash (Big Bear City, Calif.) escaped the inning unscathed and got Abby Henderson to ground to short.
- Emerson gave themselves three more insurance runs within the home half of the fifth to balloon their lead to 9-2.
- Cash crushed an RBI triple into right center to cross the sixth run before she plated on Carney's sacrifice fly to center that was followed up by an RBI single from junior Jacqueline DeFusco (East Greenwich, R.I.) to close out the inning.
- In the bottom of the sixth and a runner on first, Leonardos hammered her second home run of the game into deep right field to lift the Lions past the Lynx, 11-2.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Leonardos paced Emerson at the plate and went 1-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBIs, while Fortuna and Jones also plated two runs each.
- Pereira led the Lesley offense and finished 2-for-3 with a pair of singles and two runs scored, while Schofield had two RBIs.
- On the mound for Lesley was Bushman as she surrendered six runs (one earned) on three hits with one walk and struck out three through 2.2 innings, while Kaera Wyse pitched 2.1 relief innings and allowed five runs on four hits with one strikeout and four walks.
- Cash earned the win for Emerson with a three hit, two run effort through six innings and allowed three walks while she fanned eight batters.
- Emerson outhit Lesley, 8-3, as the Lions left five runners on the bags and the Lynx stranded six.
- Emerson is back in home action tomorrow, March 21, against Johnson & Wales at 5:00 p.m.
- Lesley heads to Framingham State for a twinbill on Thursday, March 23 with the first game slated to begin at 3:00 p.m.
STAY LIVE WITH THE LIONS