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Softball Bested By Springfield In First NEWMAC Twinbill

Softball Bested By Springfield In First NEWMAC Twinbill


Game One Score: Springfield 7, Emerson 1

Game Two Score: Springfield 10, Emerson 1 (5 innings)

Game One Pitching Decision: W - Talia Loda (8-0); L - Keely Marquez (3-6)

Game Two Pitching Decision: W - Shelby Allen (5-1); L - Erin Nolan (0-3)

Records: Emerson Lions (4-13, 0-2 NEWMAC); Springfield Pride (15-1, 4-0 NEWMAC)

Location: Boston, Mass. (Rotch Field)

Date: April 2, 2017

The Lead: The Emerson softball team stepped into NEWMAC twin bill action on Sunday afternoon where they fell to Springfield in both games. After Emerson was bested, 7-1, to start off the day, the Lions fell to the Pride, 10-1, in a five-inning nightcap. 


Game One: Springfield 7, Emerson 1


  • Within the home half of the first inning, Emerson grabbed the 1-0 lead after junior Jacqueline DeFusco (East Greenwich, R.I.) plated on a passed ball. 
  • Springfield capitalized on Emerson's defensive mishaps in the top of the second and answered with four runs to pull ahead, 4-1. 
  • After Gabby Alfieri scored the first Pride's first run on an error at first, Meghan Sastram and Carianna Gasida batted in the next three runs on an RBI double and single. 
  • In their half of the seventh, Springfield tacked three more runs across to up their lead to six at 7-1 on a pair of RBI singles from Loda and Allie Wheeler and a grounder to second that scored Kirsten Drobiak.
  • Emerson drew a one-out walk to put a runner on first in the bottom of the seventh, but the runner at second was caught stealing and Loda fanned the final batter. 


  • Sophomore Katie Hill (Canton, Conn.) led Emerson at the plate and finished 2-for-2. 
  • Starting on the mound for Emerson, Marquez tossed four innings and allowed four runs to cross (one earned) on four hits. 
  • Sophomore Kodie Cash (Big Bear City, Calif.) wrapped up the final three innings as she allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and struck out one. 
  • Drobiak went 3-for-4 in the batter's box for Springfield and Sastram knocked in a pair of runs.
  • Loda completed seven innings and surrendered a single run on five hits with a walk and six strikeouts. 


Game Two: Springfield 10, Emmanuel 1 (5 innings)


  • Springfield pushed three runs across in the top of the first to go on top, 3-0. 
  • After Gasida plated Springfield's first run on an error in right, Wheeler doubled in the second run before the third crossed on Alfieri's grounder to second. 
  • Emerson made their way onto the board in their half of the first to bring the score to 3-1 as sophomore Kallista Leonardos (El Granada, Calif.) snuck an RBI single up the middle. 
  • Highlighted by Drobiak's two-run double, the Pride crossed home three more times to extend its lead to 7-1 within their half of the second. 
  • Mishaps by Emerson allowed three more Springfield runs to plate in the following inning as the Pride ballooned its advantage to 10-1 after three innings. 
  • Nicole Cring entered the game in relief within the bottom of the third and closed the game out in the bottom of the fifth as she sent Emerson down on two fly balls and a grounder to second.



  • Freshman Micaela Dix (White House Station, N.J.) went 1-for-2 at the plate for Emerson with a single and run scored and Leonardos went 1-for-1 with one RBI. 
  • Nolan started on the mound for Emerson and pitched 1.1 innings and surrendered seven runs (five earned) on four hits, while Marquez tossed 3.2 scoreless relief innings with four hits and struck out a pair.
  • Sam Cox finished 2-for-2 at the plate for Springfield with two runs scored, while Drobiak hit 2-for-4 with a single, double, one run scored and four RBIs. 
  • Allen tossed two innings in the win for the Pride and allowed a single run on three hits while giving up two walks and one strikeout, while Cring tossed the final three innings and allowed one hit and struck out two.


  • Emerson heads to Wellesley on Tuesday, April 4 for a doubleheader set to begin at 3:00 p.m.
  • Springfield entertains WPI for a NEWMAC twin bill on Monday, April 3 with the first pitch at 3:00 p.m.