Game One Score: Babson 3, Emerson 2
Game Two Score: Babson 4, Emerson 1
Game One Pitching Decision: W - Teddy Carey (4-3) ; L - Jack Fox (2-5) ; S - Matt Cuneo (4)
Game Two Pitching Decision: W - John Flogel (3-1) ; L - Henry Schwartz (2-4)
Records: Emerson Lions (8-20, 1-15 NEWMAC) ; Babson Beavers (15-13, 9-5 NEWMAC)
Location: Babson Park, Mass. (Govoni Park)
Date: April 22, 2017
The Lead: The Emerson baseball team came up just short in its pair of NEWMAC twin bill games against the Babson Beavers on Saturday afternoon at Govoni Park to kick off its three-game series. Emerson tacked a late run within the seventh to cut the lead to one, but Babson held on to hand the Lions a 3-2 loss to start the day. In game two, the Beavers used a series of three RBI singles and one home run to best the Lions, 4-1.
Game One: Babson 3, Emerson 2
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Babson gave themselves the 1-0 lead in the bottom half of the first inning as the Beavers produced a double steal that included Brian McHale successfully stealing home.
- Within the third frame, the Beavers capitalized on a throwing miscue at third and had both Sean Harrington and Jack Halpin cross home to up their lead to 3-0.
- Emerson got a run back within its half of the fifth inning to cut the lead to 3-1 thanks to an RBI single by freshman Joe Paladino (Bedminster, N.J.) that made its way into left.
- Paladino registered his second RBI of the game and snuck a single through the left side to drive in junior Neil Perry (Middleboro, Mass.) to make the score 3-2 in the top of the seventh.
- Schwarz surrendered a pair of hits through the seventh and eight innings to keep Emerson's comeback hopes alive.
- Perry started off the Lions ninth with a single into left and advanced to second on a wild pitch before being tagged out at third for the first out of the inning as the Cuneo fanned the final two batters to wrap up the game.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Paladino paced Emerson at the plate and finished 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and two RBIs, while four Lions countered for one hit each.
- Schwartz was tagged with the loss as he tossed a complete eight frames and surrendered three runs (one earned) on seven hits with three walks and two punch outs.
- Halpin led Babson in the batter's box and went 2-for-4 with one run scored.
- Carey started the first eight innings on the mound for Babson where he gave up a pair of runs (one earned) on four hits with one walk while he fanned 10 batters.
- Cuneo earned his fourth save of the year in the ninth frame and gave up one hit with two strikeouts.
Game Two: Babson 4, Emerson 1
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Emerson quickly jumped out to the 1-0 lead to start off the first inning of the second game after senior Danny Johnson (Mashpee, Mass.) brought in Perry as his RBI single snuck through the left side.
- Over the course of the third to sixth frames, Babson was able to erase Emerson's 1-0 lead and pulled ahead, 4-1.
- McHale started Babson's scoring within the third as he smacked in the Beavers first run on an RBI single through the left side to bring in Jake Weiss.
- The Beavers notched another RBI single off Fox by Mark Webber in the fourth for the go-ahead run before McHale batted in his second RBI on a single into the left center gap to make the score 3-1.
- Sean Harrington ripped a homer into right center field to cap off Babson's scoring within its home half of the sixth inning.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Three Lions, including senior Mitch Moormann (Hollywood, Fl.), Johnson and senior Kyle Becker (Jericho, N.Y.) all countered for one hit while Johnson notched one RBI and Perry scored one run.
- Schwartz tossed six innings in the loss as he gave up four runs on 11 hits while he struck out one.
- Senior Cal Laird (Willowbrook, Ill.) faced seven batters through two innings of relief and allowed a single hit.
- McHale finished 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs, while Harrington, David Lennon and Weiss each notched a pair of hits for Babson.
- Floegel was credited with the win as he surrendered a single run on three hits while he struck out seven and walked four through his nine inning outing.
- Emerson wraps up its 2017 campaign on Monday, April 24 in a rescheduled NEWMAC single game against Babson with the first pitch slated for 7:30 p.m.
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