Lions Split with Wheaton to earn First NEWMAC Playoff Berth

Lions Split with Wheaton to earn First NEWMAC Playoff Berth

THE BASICS 

Game One Score: Wheaton 4, Emerson 3

Game Two Score: Emerson 4, Wheaton 3

Game One Pitching Decision: W - Allison Cox (10-10) l L - Neely Eddleston (13-6)

Game Two Pitching Decision: W - Neely Eddleston (14-6) | L - Allison Cox (10-11)

Records: Emerson Lions (20-12, 8-10 NEWMAC) l Wheaton Lyons (11-21, 6-10 NEWMAC)

Location: Norton, Mass. (Clark Softball Field)

The Lead: A Maddie Tomich single in the top of the ninth inning gave the Emerson Lions Softball team their first ever trip to the NEWMAC playoffs after taking a split from the Wheaton Lyons in NEWMAC play.

GAME ONE (Wheaton 4, Emerson 3)

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Both teams mustered nine hits over the seven innings but Emerson fell one run short.
  • Maddie Tomich (Lithia, Fla.) and Jacqueline DeFusco (East Greenwich, R.I.) each had two hits for the Lions.
  • Neely Eddleston (West Wareham, Mass.) took the loss while allowing four runs over seven innings pitched.
  • Allison Cox got the victory for Wheaton, her tenth of the year.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Kallista Leonardos (El Granada, Calif.) knocked in the first run of the game on a single to left field in the top of the first inning which brought home Lindsey Lowe.
  • Wheaton used one big inning to get all their runs.  In the bottom of the second, the team scored four runs highlighted by a Chloe Woodward single in the middle of the inning which made the score 2-1.
  • Emerson grabbed two runs back in the top of the fourth and fifth innings, but were unable to overcome the three run deficit.
  • The Lions fell with a final score of 4-3.

GAME TWO (Emerson 4, Wheaton 3)

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Emerson fell behindin the bottom of the first inning, with one run coming across the plate for Wheaton.
  • In the top of the seoncd, the Lions jumped right back on top with a two run fly out by Alena Jones which gave the Lions a 2-1 lead.
  • Wheaton grabbed one run back in the bottom of the sixth inning, and the game went to extra innings with the score knotted at two.
  • A Lindsey Lowe sacrifice fly gave Emerson a 3 -2 lead in the top of the eighth, which WHeaton cancelled out in the bottom of the frame to keep the score 3-3 heading into the ninth inning.
  • Maddie Tomich's single brought home Kallista Leonardos and Neely Eddleston closed out the game in the vottom of the inning, giving the Lions a 4-3 victory and sending them to the playoffs!

UP NEXT

  • Emerson will play a tune-up double header against Simmons on Friday, April 27th before their first playoff game on Wednesday, May 2nd.