Game One Score: WPI 13, Emerson 1 (5 innings)
Game Two Score: Emerson 11, WPI 9
Game One Pitching Decision: W - Kelsey Saucier (5-4); L - Kodie Cash (2-6)
Game Two Pitching Decision: W - Keely Marquez (3-7); L - Kelsey Saucier (5-5)
Records: Emerson Lions (5-16, 1-5 NEWMAC); WPI Engineers (12-10, 5-3 NEWMAC)
Location: Worcester, Mass. (Rooftop Field)
Date: April 9, 2017
The Lead: In a rescheduled Sunday afternoon twin bill at WPI, the Emerson softball team and the Engineers each notched a win in NEWMAC action. Emerson were bested, 13-1, in the first game of the doubleheader. To wrap up the day, Emerson picked up the 11-9 win and marked the first time the Lions defeated the Engineers since April 5, 2014. The win also was Emerson's first conference win of 2017.
Game One: WPI 13, Emerson 1 (5 innings)
HOW IT HAPPENED
- WPI used a pair of RBI singles RiAnna May and Renee LeClaire to put the Engineers ahead, 2-0, after one inning.
- Sophomore Kallista Leonardos (El Granada, Calif.) took a trip around the bases after her first homer of the day closed Emerson within one at 2-1 in the top of the second.
- Within the bottom of the second, WPI batted in five runs to grab the 7-1 advantage thanks to a two-run single from Cassie Graca and a two-run double from LeClaire.
- The Engineers piled on four runs in the home half of the fourth that was highlighted by LeClaire's second two-run two bagger to bring their lead to 11-1.
- After pinch hitter Julia Veitch drove in the 12th WPI run in the bottom of the fourth, the Engineers tacked on its 13th and final run on its last play of the inning.
- Engineers reliever Caroline Medino retired Emerson in order, including a pair of strikeouts, to conclude the first game.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Leonardos went 1-for-2 in the batter's box with a home run, RBI and scored one run.
- Cash pitched the first 2.2 innings in the loss as she gave up eight runs on 10 hits to match a pair of walks and one strikeout.
- Freshman Erin Nolan (Hunterdon, N.J.) tossed the final 1.1 frames and surrendered five runs on four hits with a trio of walks and one strikeout.
- May and LeClaire each finished 3-for-3 at the plate for WPI, while May plated a pair of runs and drove in two runs and LeClaire brought in five Engineers runs on a pair of doubles.
- Saucier notched the win with a four inning outing where she allowed a single run on three hits and gave up one walk while she struck out seven.
- Medino entered the seventh and secured the win with a pair of strikeouts.
Game Two: Emerson 11, WPI 9
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Ama Biney made her way home on May's infield single to short to lift WPI to an early 1-0 lead in its half of the first inning.
- Leonardos smacked her second home run of the day in the second frame to lock the score at 1-all and sparked Emerson for five runs over the course of the third and fourth innings.
- Cash's sacrifice fly into right kicked off Emerson's four-run third as senior Shelby Carney's (North Reading, Mass.) RBI single snuck through the left side and junior Molly Goldstein (Ridgefield, Conn.) crushed a double into left to the Lions ahead, 5-1.
- Leonardos came in the clutch once again and put her RBI single into center to push the Lions lead to 6-1 in the top of the fourth.
- A five-run fourth inning from WPI squared the game 6-all.
- Kristin Gallagher drew an RBI walk to start off the inning that was followed up by a pair RBI singles from Kylie Juarez and Nina Murphy-Cook.
- Graca drove in Juarez on an RBI fielder's choice as Murphy-Cook cashed in the final Engineers run.
- Emerson answered with a five-run sixth to break the 6-all tie and pull in front, 11-6.
- Leonardos got hit with a pitch to drive in the go-ahead run before Cash slipped a two-run single through the right side.
- The next to Lions runs came Carney's grounder to short and sophomore Caroline Fortuna's (Higganum, Conn.) infield single to short.
- Within the bottom of the seventh and two outs, WPI gave Emerson a scare after Biney crushed a two-run triple into the right center gap and scored on a wild pitch to put the Engineers within two at 11-9.
- Graca registered a single to continue WPI's seventh inning threat, but Cash got LeClaire to fly out to left to conclude the second game.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Cash, Carney and Goldstein all notched a pair of hits for the Lions.
- Cash went 2-for-3 with a sacrifice fly, a run scored and three RBIs, while Carney finished 2-for-4 with a stolen base, two RBIs and a runs cored and Goldstein was 2-for-4 with a double, stolen base and two RBIs.
- Marquez tossed the first six frames to earn the win with eight runs (seven earned) on nine hits to go along with four walks and a pair of strikeouts.
- Cash ended the day in the circle and surrendered a single run with one walk.
- LeClaire finished the second game going 3-for-5 at the plate and May and Biney both notched two RBIs.
- Saucier was tagged with the loss as Emerson notched three runs off her on four hits with three walks and a pair of strikeouts through 2.2 innings.
- Emerson goes to Wheaton (Mass.) for a pair of NEWMAC games on Tuesday, April 11 starting at 3:00 p.m.
- WPI steps out of conference play and heads across town to Worcester State on Tuesday as well at 4:00 p.m.
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