Game One Score: Emerson 6, St. Joseph's (Me.) 2
Game Two Score: St. Joseph's (Me.) 4, Emerson 2
Game One Pitching Decision: W - Jake Mitchell (1-1) | L - Luke Klenda (0-1) | S - Jack Fox (1)
Game Two Pitching Decision: W - Simon Gonzalez (1-1) | L - Sam Knox (0-1) | S - Grayson Jennings (1)
Records: Emerson Lions (3-6) ; Muhlenberg Mules (3-4)
Location: Auburndale, Fl. (Chain Of Lakes)
Date: Friday, March 9, 2018
The Lead: The Emerson baseball team closed out its spring break schedule with a split in its final doubleheader against the Monks of St. Joseph's (Me.) on Friday afternoon. A 5.2 inning outing by sophomore Jake Mitchell (Monroe, Ohio) where he gave up a mere two runs propelled the Lions to a 6-2 win in game one. In the second game of the day, the Lions were topped by the Monks, 4-2.
GAME ONE - Emerson 6, St. Joseph's (Me.) 2
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Sophomore Joe Paladino (Bedminster, N.J.) paced Emerson at the plate and went 2-for-2 with two runs scored with freshman Ryan McCahan (San Jose, Calif.) and senior Pablo Feldman (Mill Valley, Calif.) each driving in a pair of runs.
- Leading St. Joseph's (Me.) was Ben Gravel, who went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Jacob White, who finished 1-for-2 with a triple and one RBI, while Jared Gagne powered the Monks on the base paths with two steals.
- Mitchell notched his first win of the season with a 5.2 inning outing where he gave up a pair of runs on five hits, along with one walk and one strikeout through 24 batters that he faced.
- Fox faced a mere five Monks batters and surrendered one walk with one strikeout within 1.1 relief inning to earn the save.
- For St. Joseph's (Me.), Klenda spread six runs (three earned) in his five innings stint on the mound along with two walks and four strikeouts, while Marc Poirer faced four Lions through one inning and gave up a hit and struck out two.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- St. Joseph's (Me.) used the opening half of the game to put themselves on top and tagged Mitchell for a pair of runs, starting off in the first when the Monks got on the board on Gravel's RBI single into right.
- White followed and drove in the second Monks run on a three-bagger into right within the fourth frame.
- After St. Joseph's (Me.) grabbed the 2-0 lead, Emerson managed to spread its six runs through the remaining three innings to erase its deficit and took the 6-2 advantage and began with a three-run fifth.
- Feldman safely reached first on an error by the shortstop to plate Emerson's first run as the equalizer RBI single up the middle by junior Ethan Young (Amherst, Mass.) even the scored at 2-2.
- With Feldman on second and Young on third senior Tim Quitadamo (Worcester, Mass.) sent a ground ball to the shortstop that allowed Feldman to come home for the go-ahead 3-2 run.
- St. Joseph's (Me.) were able to scrape up one hit within the sixth, which was Gravel's single, but stranded three runners on the bags as Emerson held on to their 3-2 lead.
- Emerson put runners on second and third with no outs to start their half of sixth and saw both runners make their way home thanks to a two-RBI double into center by McCahan to bring the Lions advantage up to three at 5-2.
- The Lions iced the win with a one out fly ball sent into center by Feldman to extend their lead to 6-2 as Fox retired the Monks in the seventh on a pair of punch-outs and a line out.
GAME TWO - St. Joseph's (Me.) 4, Emerson 2
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- McCahan once again led Emerson at the plate and finished 1-for-3 with an RBI with Feldman also tallying one RBI along with Paladino and junior CJ Rogers (Guilford, Conn.) each scoring a run.
- Anthony DiPrizio paced St. Joseph's (Me.) with a 2-for-2 effort with a double and a run scored, while Joe Murphy, Greg Emanuelson and Gravel each drove in one run apiece.
- Knox was tagged with the loss within his 3.2 inning effort on the mound where he surrendered four runs (two earned) along with a pair of punch outs and two walks.
- Freshman Nick Rempe (Islip, N.Y.) and junior Tim Mainella (Dover, N.H.) pitched a combined 2.1 innings of relief with one walk and one strikeout between them.
- In a five inning outing for Gonzalez, he earned the win giving up a mere two runs one one hit while strikeout out one and walking one.
- Weston Bergeron saw one inning of relief action with Jennings getting the save in an inning on the bump and one strikeout.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- St. Joseph's (Me.) packed all of its scoring into its half of the first inning and crossed all four of its runs to hold a 4-0 lead over Emerson.
- The Monks saw its first pair of runs be driven in on an RBI single into left by Murphy and a two-bagger from Gravel.
- Gravel made his way to third on a wild pitch that allowed DiPrizio to safely score the Monks third run before Emanuelson sent an RBI sacrifice fly into center.
- It was not until the fourth inning that Emerson was able to get on the scoreboard and reached on a pair of Monks mishaps to cut the score in half at 4-2.
- Rogers crossed the first Lions run after McCahan safely reached first on an error by the shortstop as Paladino plated the second run after Feldman made it to first on another mishap by the Monks.
- Jennings relieved Bergeron of pitching duties in the top of the seventh as he downed the Lions in order to seal the Lions 4-2 setback.
- Emerson gets back onto the field for its first home game of the season next Saturday, March 17 in a non conference meeting against Rivier at 12:00 p.m.
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