Game One Score: Emerson 5, Clark 4
Game Two Score: Clark 2, Emerson 1
Game Two Pitching Decision: W - Brenna Foley (2-6) ; L - Casey Tsamis (0-1) ; S - Sarah Woods (1)
Records: Emerson Lions (6-25, 2-14 NEWMAC) ; Clark Cougars (9-19, 2-14 NEWMAC)
Location: Worcester, Mass. (O'Brien Field)
Date: April 22, 2017
The Lead: Backed by DeFranco's first win of the season and a trio homers from juniors Molly Goldstein (Ridgefield, Conn.) and Jacqueline DeFusco (East Greenwich, R.I.) and sophomore Kallista Leonardos (El Granada, Calif.), the Emerson softball team were able grab the 5-4 victory over Clark in the first game of the NEWMAC doubleheader. In the second game of the day, the Lions were edged out, 2-1, by the Cougars.
Game One: Emerson 5, Clark 4
HOW IT HAPPENED
- After Leonardos singled into center and stole second, she made her way to third on a wild pitch that allowed senior Shelby Carney (North Reading, Mass.) to plate Emerson's first run in the top of the first.
- Lauren Mackey took DeFranco in the bottom of the inning with a two-run homer into center that allowed Clark to tack on a pair of go-ahead runs and move ahead, 2-1.
- Emerson answered in the top of the third to knot the score at 2-all after Leonardos crushed her 10th home run of the season over the center field fence.
- Within Emerson's half of the fourth, Goldstein launched her first home run of the season into left to knock in a pair of runs to pull the Lions up by two at 4-2.
- Clark tacked a pair of runs to even the score at 4-all on back-to-back RBI singles by Taylor Erickson and Christina Kopacz.
- With the score in a 4-all lock going into the sixth frame, DeFusco took Woods deep as she kicked off the inning with her second home run of the year into right to lift Emerson ahead at 5-4.
- DeFranco was able to hold the 5-4 lead within the sixth before she was relieved by Tsamis in the seventh, who fanned a batter and got a pair of fly ball outs to earn her first save.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Leonardos, Goldstein and DeFusco all went deep for the Lions and finished a combined 6-for-11 to match a double, three runs scored and four RBIs.
- DeFranco, who earned her first collegiate win, produced a pitching line of six innings and surrendered four runs on six hits while she walked one and fanned four.
- Tsamis tossed one relief inning and allowed a single hit while walking one and striking out one.
- Mackey and Kayleigh McHugh both notched a pair of hits for Clark, while Mackey finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs and one run scored and McHugh went 2-for-2.
- Sami West tossed the first four frames where she allowed four runs to cross on six hits while she walked one and struck out four.
- Woods took the loss as she pitched the final three innings where she gave up a single run on four hits to match one walk and one strikeout.
Game Two: Clark 2, Emerson 1
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Tsamis and Foley embarked in an old fashioned pitcher's duel through the first five frames and kept the bats silent on both sides.
- In the bottom of the fifth, Clark crossed the game's first two runs in an inning that started off with Erickson smacking an RBI single into left before Kaitlyn DeBlois capped the frame off with an RBI two-bagger into right.
- Emerson was able to plate its first run in the top of the seventh and closed the margin to one of Clark at 2-1.
- With DeFranco on second thanks to a wild pitch, Leonardos drove her in as she sent an RBI single into center and put Carney on third with a chance to tie with no outs.
- Woods entered in relief for Foley after Emerson plated and was able to retire the Lions on a pair of punch outs and an unassisted grounder to first.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Leonardos and junior Jillian Gearin (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) countered for four of Emerson's seven hits that included a double from Gearin and an RBI by Leonardos.
- Tsamis pitched a 4.1 inning effort where she gave up a pair of runs on six hits and walked two, while freshman Keely Marquez (La Verne, Calif.) tossed 1.2 relief frames and allowed a pair of hits.
- Olivia Barksdale and Leah Bodin went a combined 4-for-7, while Erickson and DeBlois each had one RBI.
- Foley earned the win in her six innings on the mound where and allowed a single run on seven hits to match a trio of walks and four strikeouts, while Woods entered in the seventh and struck out two.
- Emerson are at Coast Guard tomorrow, Sunday, April 23 for its final doubleheader of its 2017 season that is set to begin at 12:00 p.m.
- Clark takes on Babson for pair of NEMWAC games on Sunday as well with the first pitch slated for 12:00 p.m.
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