Score: WPI 13, Emerson 12
Pitching Decision: W - Steven D'Augustino (1-1) ; L - Clint Fontanella (0-2) ; S - Dan Bettigole (1)
Records: Emerson Lions (8-11, 1-7 NEWMAC); WPI Engineers (16-8, 5-3 NEWMAC)
Location: Brockton, Mass. (Campanelli Stadium)
Date: April 13, 2017
The Lead: The Emerson baseball team played comeback ball within the home half of the sixth and erased a 10-run deficit with nine runs to cut the lead down to one at 13-12, but the Engineers kept the Lions scoreless through the final three frames to hand the Lions the 13-12 NEWMAC defeat.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- WPI tagged Fontanella with four runs within the first two frames to take the 4-0 lead.
- Nick Comei brought in Ryan Tropeano for WPI's first run on an RBI triple and came into score on Steven Gallagher's single before the final run of the inning crossed on Anthony Capuano's sacrifice fly.
- Comei's fly ball into deep left tacked on the Engineers fourth run in their half of the second.
- The Engineers top of the third saw them tally two more runs backed by Capuano's triple down the right field line and a sacrifice fly into center from Evan Lacroix to up their lead to 6-0.
- Capuno's third RBI of the game came on a single that drove in Gallagher for WPI's seventh run to up advantage to 7-0 over Emerson.
- A five-run fifth frame highlighted by Comei's three-run bomb to extended WPI's lead into double digits at 11-0.
- Emerson made their way onto the board with a three-run bottom of the fifth to put the score at 11-3.
- After junior Neil Perry (Middleboro, Mass.) batted in the first run on a grounder to second, junior Tim Quitadamo (Worcester, Mass.) smacked a two-run single past the shortstop.
- Gallagher bumped WPI's lead up to 12-3 after he hammered a home run over the left field fence.
- The Lions knocked around Engineers starter D'Augustino in home half of the sixth and collected nine runs to pull within one of the Engineers at 13-12.
- Senior Kyle Becker's (Jericho, N.Y.) single brought in the first run of the inning before the Lions capitalized on an error at second that scored junior Nolan Megna (Buffalo, N.Y.) with the bases loaded.
- D'Augustino was able to notch a pair of outs before giving up the last run of his outing after freshman Cam Beattie (Gilbert, Az.) scored on a wild pitch.
- Emerson welcome Nick Colucci to the game and tallied a pair of runs on a walk to junior Pablo Feldman (Mill Valley, Calif.) and allowed a run to come after he hit a batter with the bases still loaded.
- Bettigole entered with the bases still full and gave up a walk to Megna to drive in Quitadamo before Beattie and Becker smacked in three runs on back-to-back singles.
- Emerson put a runner on after Feldman collected a two-out single into right and advanced to second on a wild pitch, but a grounder to short wrapped up the game.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Becker led Emerson at the plate, going 2-for-5, three RBI and plated one run.
- Fontanella took the loss for Emerson through his 4.1 inning effort where he gave up 10 runs (nine earned) on 13 hits with a pair of walks.
- Sophomore Jake Mitchell (Monroe, Ohio) appeared on the mound for 2.2 innings and allowed three runs on four hits with five walks and senior Cal Laird (Willowbrook, Ill.) pitched the final two frames and allowed one hit and struck out one.
- Gallagher finished 3-for-5 at the plate for WPI with a homer, plated four runs and had two RBI.
- Comei went 2-for-5 with a home run, triple, scored two runs and drove in five runs.
- D'Augustino was credited with the win and allowed nine runs to cross on four hits while he walked six and recorded six punchouts.
- Colucci gave up a pair of runs and walked on before Bettigole entered the game in the sixth to pitch 2.1 innings, allowing one run to cross on four hits and struck out six and walked two.
- Emerson is back in NEWMAC home action tomorrow against Wheaton (Mass.) at 3:30 p.m.
- WPI starts off three-game series at Coast Guard tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. before they return home for a pair on Saturday starting at 12:00 p.m.
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