Game One Score: Simmons 4, Emerson 3
Game Two Score: Emerson 14, Simmons 9
Records: Emerson Lions (1-3); Simmons Sharks (1-3)
Location: Kissimmee, Fl.
Date: March 6, 2017
The Lead: After the Emerson softball team dropped a 4-3 defeat to the Simmons Sharks in the first game of their doubleheader, the Lions notched its first victory of 2017 in the second game a 14-9 comeback win over the Sharks behind a perfect 5-for-5 performance at the plate from sophomore Alena Jones (Woodinville, Wash.), who drove in four runs on a pair of doubles, one home run and scored two runs of her own.
GAME ONE - Simmons 4, Emerson 3
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Junior Jacqueline DeFusco (East Greenwich, R.I.) paced Emerson going 3-for-4 with two singles, a double and one RBI.
- Freshman Micaela Dix (White House Station, N.J.) went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and scored one run.
- Brianna Rastello went 2-for-3 for Simmons with two singles, two runs scored and one RBI, while Alexandra Moleski went 1-for-3 with a pair of RBIs.
- Freshman Keely Marquez (La Verne, Calif.) was tagged with the loss and gave up four runs on six hits with three strikeouts.
- Juliet Nelson pitched seven innings and allowed three runs on 10 hits while she struck out four in the win.
- Emerson recorded 10 hits and left eight runners on the bags, while Simmons recorded six hits and stranded five on the bags.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- After Brianna Rastello plated Simmons first run on a fielder's choice by Moleski, Taylor LeBrun came around from third on a defensive mishap by the shortstop to give the Sharks a 2-0 led.
- Emerson answered in the following inning with a pair of runs off back-to-back RBI singles by sophomore Caroline Fortuna (Higganum, Conn.) and DeFusco to square the score at 2-all.
- In its home half of the third, Dix played the go-ahead run to push Emerson ahead 3-2 as Marquez batted an infield single to second.
- The Lions were held scoreless through the next two innings, which allowed the Sharks to tack on game-winning pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth.
- Rastello began the inning with an RBI single up the middle to score Molly Hennessey before Moleski crossed home for the game-winning run on a single into left by Moleski.
GAME TWO - Emerson 14, Simmons 9
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Along with Jones, DeFusco went 2-for-3 and scored three ones with one RBI, while Jillian Gearin went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, two doubles and plated a pair of runs.
- Sophomore Kallista Leonardos (El Granada, Calif.) went 1-for-2 and belted her first homer of the season, drove in two runs and scored two.
- Sophomore Katie Hill (Canton, Conn.) finished 2-for-4 at the plate with a run scored and a pair of RBIs.
- Alison Gauvin paced Simmons and finished 3-for-4 with one run scored and four RBIs, while Taylor LeBraun went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and scored one run.
- Junior Casey Tsamis (Colchester, Conn.) gave up four runs on eight hits and struck out one through four innings pitched, while Marquez pitched .2 relief innings and allowed five runs on six hits.
- Sophomore Kodie Cash (Big Bear City, Calif.) earned her first win of 2017 and pitched 2.1 relief innings and kept Simmons scoreless on two hits while she walked and struck out a pair of batters.
- Tori Gomes was tagged with the loss for Simmons as she surrendered six runs (five earned) on seven hits through four innings pitched.
- Each team tallied 16 hits, while Emerson left six runners on base and Simmons stranded nine.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Emerson quickly distanced themselves from Simmons as they stretched eight eight runs through the first three frames.
- The Lions bats exploded for a five-run first inning behind a trio of RBI singles from Leonardos, Molly Goldstein and Gearing to take the 5-0 lead.
- Within the second and third frames, Emerson belted two homers over the left field fence from Jones and senior Shelby Carney (North Reading, Mass.) to help push the Lions ahead, 8-0.
- Simmons erased its eight-run deficit and responded with nine runs over the fourth and fifth innings to claim the 9-8 lead away from Emerson.
- The Sharks first three runs in the top of the fourth came on a single up the middle from A Lynch and a three RBI double by Gauvin that sailed down the left field line to cut the lead down to 8-3.
- More damage from Simmons came in its half of the fifth as six runs crossed the plate for the Sharks and was highlighted by a three-run bomb from LeBrun and the Lions now trailed 9-8.
- Nine runs is all Simmons would be able to plate and allowed Emerson to embark on a comeback that consisted of six runs through the final two frames.
- A double into center by Jones kicked off Emerson's comeback and squared the game at 9-all.
- Leonardos sent a two-run homer into left field to put Emerson up 11-9 before Gearin and Jones both doubled to send in the game-winning three runs to push the Lions ahead at 14-9.
- After a single by Gauvin began the bottom of the seventh for Simmons, the Sharks went down swinging in order as the Lions locked up the win.
- Emerson gets back onto the diamond on Wednesday, March 8 for doubleheader action against Meredith at 1:15 p.m. and Coe at 5:45 p.m.
- Simmons also resumes doubleheader play on Wednesday, March 6 and will face No. 12 WPI at 1:15 p.m. and Staten Island at 3:30 p.m.
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