Game One Score: Emerson 11, Suffolk 10 (9 innings)
Game Two Score: Suffolk 8, Emerson 0
Game One Pitching Decision: W - Keely Marquez (2-5); L - Ali Yamakaitis (3-4)
Game Two Pitching Decision: W - Taylor Holmes (2-4); L - Kodie Cash (3-4)
Records: Emerson Lions (4-11); Suffolk Rams (6-8)
Location: Boston, Mass. (Rotch Field)
Date: March 30, 2017
The Lead: The Emerson softball team stepped out of conference play and took a non-conference twin bill split against Suffolk University on Thursday night. Emerson used an explosive six-run fifth inning and a three-run bomb by junior Jacqueline DeFusco (East Greenwich, R.I.) in the sixth to power their their way to a thrilling 11-10 comeback victory in the first game. In the nightcap, the Lions were bested in an 8-0 shutout.
Game One: Emerson 11, Suffolk 10 (9 innings)
HOW IT HAPPENED
- An error into right proved costly for Emerson as Suffolk capitalized and scratched four runs across to take the 4-0 lead after one inning.
- After the Lions made quick work of the first pair of batters, a mishap in right led to the first Rams run on an RBI double into right center from Jill Pulek.
- Delaney Sylvester's double made its way into the left center gap to drive in Suffolk's second run as Lindsay Pagano and Madison Eucalitto batted RBI doubles into the right center gap to drive in Suffolk's final two runs of the inning.
- Through the third and fifth frames, Suffolk tacked four more runs on and extended its lead to 8-0.
- A two-run third inning was kicked off by an error by the shortstop that allowed Sylvester to cross followed by a bases loaded RBI single by Morgan Parmeter with the score now 6-0.
- The Rams used the long ball to plate its seventh and eighth runs on Pulek's homer over the right fence and an inside the park home run by Parmeter.
- Yamakaitis had a no-hitter going through the first five frames until Emerson played comeback ball and pieced together a six-run fifth to close the gap to 8-6.
- Singles by senior Shelby Carney (North Reading, Mass.) and DeFusco crossed the first two runs across to put the score at 8-2.
- After freshman Micaela Dix (White House Station, N.J.) sent a sacrifice fly into right to drive in Carney, junior Jillian Gearin (Hermoa Beach, Calif.) belted a two-RBI double to left and later scored the sixth run of the inning on an error in right.
- DeFusco welcomed reliever Hannah DelCervo into the game as she crushed a three-run bomb just over the left field fence to push the Lions ahead by one at 9-8 in the sixth.
- Suffolk answered in the top of the seventh with a home run from Ashley Zulla to knot the score 9-all.
- Emerson had a chance to end the game with a runner at third, but Yamakitis fanned the final Lions batter to send the game into extra innings.
- In the top of the eight, Pagano put Suffolk back on top, 10-9, with a grounder to third that plated Sydney Littlefield.
- DeFusco safely reached first on an error by the pitcher that allowed sophomore Caroline Fortuna (Higganum, Conn.) to plate the 10-all equalizer within the bottom half of the eighth.
- It was the home half of the ninth where Emerson caught a stroke of luck for an error by the shortstop allowed sophomore Kallista Leonardos (El Granada, Calif.) to cross home the game-winning run.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- DeFusco led Emerson in the batter's box and went 2-for-4 with a single, three-run homer, two runs scored and four RBIs.
- Starting the mound for Emerson, Marquez earned the win with 5.1 innings tossed and surrendered eight runs (four earned) on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
- Freshman Erin Nolan (Hunterdon, N.J.) pitched 3.2 relief innings and allowed two runs on six hits with a walk and strikeout.
- Sylvester finished 2-for-3 at the plate for Suffolk with a single, double, two runs scored and an RBI.
- Yamakaitis dripped to 3-4 in the Rams loss as she tossed 7.1 innings and gave up eight runs (4 earned) on eight hits with three walks and fanned 10 batters, while DelCervo pitched one relief inning and surrendered three runs on three hits with one walk.
Game Two: Suffolk 8, Emerson 0
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Suffolk started the second game off with a three-run first that was highlighted by Pulek's second homer of the day to lift the Rams to an early 3-0 lead.
- Emerson threatened within the bottom of the fourth with the bases full of Lions and two outs, but Suffolk starter Holmes escaped the inning unscathed as she fanned the final batter.
- The Rams crossed two more within the top of the fifth after Pulek took Cash deep for the second time as her second homer of the game landed in deep center with the score at 5-0.
- Emerson caused trouble for Holmes within the bottom of the fifth as sophomore Katie Hill (Canton, Ohio) began the inning with a single and had the next two batters reach before Holmes escaped another bases loaded situation with a strikeout.
- With one stroke of the bat, Sylvester belted a three-run homer into deep left field to extend the Rams lead to eight at 8-0 in the top of the seventh.
- The Lions got a runner on within the home half of the seventh with one out, but could not forge a comeback as Holmes got the next two batters to ground out and fly out.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Dix led the Lions offense and went 2-for-4 at the plate with a pair of singles.
- Cash was tagged with the loss as she allowed eight runs to cross (six earned) on 12 hits and struck out three through seven innings on the mound.
- Pulek powered Suffolk in the second game and went a perfect 4-for-4 in the batters box with a pair of home runs, two singles, three runs scored and three RBIs.
- Holmes picked up the win for Suffolk with a seven-inning effort where she did not give up a run on eight hits while she fanned nine batters and walked four.
- Emerson entertains Springfield on Saturday, April 1 to officially open NEWMAC play starting at 3:30 p.m.
- Suffolk opens GNAC action with a twinbill at Rivier on Sunday, April 2 with first pitch slated for 1:00 p.m.
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