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Lions Open Season with Doubleheader Victory

Lions Open Season with Doubleheader Victory

THE BASICS 

Score: Emerson 13, DeSales 4 l Emerson 3, Bridgewater (Va.) 0

Records: Emerson Lions (1-0) ; DeSales University Bulldogs (1-2) l Emerson Lions (2-0) ; Bridgewater (Va.) Eagles (2-3)

Location: Kissimmee, Fla. 

Date: Monday, March 5, 2018

The Lead: In her first collegiate action, Freshman Maddie Tomich led the Lions with three hits and scored two runs.  Jacqueline DeFusco(East Greenwich, R.I.) and Kallista Leonardos(El Granada, Calif.) each had three RBIs in the win against DeSales.  Against Bridgewater, three late runs saw the Lions past the Eagles. 

 

GAME 1 (vs. DeSales)

BY THE NUMBERS

  • The Lions outhit the Bulldogs 17-10 over the seven innings.
  • Lindsey Lowe and Maddie Tomich combined for six of the Lions 17 hits.
  • Kallista Leonardos and Jacqueline DeFusco each had three RBIs, with DeFusco hitting her first home run of the season.
  • Casey Tsamis(Colchester, Conn.) pitched six innings, recording two strikeouts and allowing three earned runs. Neely Eddleston(Wareham, Mass.) finished the game on the mound pithcing one inning, allowing one run and two hits, while recording one strike out. 


HOW IT HAPPENED

  •  The Lions wasted no time shaking the rust off.  Kallista Leonardos singled to left field in the top of the first inning to plate Lindsey Lowe and Alena Jones.
  •  Jacqueline DeFusco followed up Leonardos with a home run, giving the Lions a 4-0 lead early.
  •  The Lions tacked two more runs in the third inning on a Jillian Gearin(Hermosa Beach, Calif.) double and Caroline Fortuna(Higganum, Conn.) single, before adding on one more in the fourth inning to extend the lead to 7-0.
  •  DeSales scored their first run on a Ciarra Holmqvist double, before a Madison Sias single plated Holmqvist and Reilly Kerr, cutting the lead to 7-3 at the end of the sixth inning.
  •  The Lions bats came back alive, scoring six runs in the top of the seventh, headlined by a double steal which saw Kallista Leonardos swipe second as Lindsey Lowe stole home.
  •  The Bullsdogs scored one more run in the bottom of the seventh inning, bringing the final score to 13-4.

GAME 2 (vs. Bridgewater (Va.))

BY THE NUMBERS

  • The game was a pitchers duel, with both starting pitchers recording complete games.
  • Neely Eddleston started for the Lions, allowing two hits over seven innings of shutout softball.  She walked one batter and recorded three strikeouts on the way to her first victory of the season. 
  • For the Eagles, Anna Patterson took the loss, allowing zero earned runs, three unearned runs, and walked three batters.
  • The Lions were outhit 2-1 in the game.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Both pitchers threw great games, not allowing the other team to gain any momentum.
  • In the sixth inning, after a Molly Goldstein(Ridgefield, Conn.) walk, Marisa DeFranco(Fall Church, Va.) broke up the no hitter and put two runners on. 
  • After a groundout advancing the runners, a passed ball saw Maddie Tomich score the first run of the game after pinch running for Goldstein.
  • Lindsey Lowe got on base via an error that scored DeFranco from third.
  • Kallista Leonardos grounded out to third, but an error saw Lindsey Lowe score, putting the game at 3-0.
  • Neddleston closed out the game, forcing one ground out and two pop outs in the top of the seventh to give the Lions a 3-0 victory.