Game One Score: New Jersey City 14, Emerson 1
Game Two Score: New Jersey City 6, Emerson 4
Location: Auburndale, Fl. (Lake Myrtle Sports Complex)
Date: Monday, March 5, 2018
The Lead: The Emerson baseball team dropped a pair in non conference doubleheader action on Monday afternoon against the New Jersey City Gothic Knights. The Lions started the day off with a 14-1 setback before a comeback in the nightcap was cut short in a 6-4 defeat despite a 4-for-4 effort at the plate for senior Neil Perry (Middleboro, Mass.).
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Freshman John Gabert (Bedford, N.H.) finished 1-for-2 at the plated and crossed home one run and senior Tim Quitadamo (Worcester, Mass.) had one RBI for Emerson.
- Senior Pablo Feldman (Mill Valley, Calif.) and sophomore Cam Beattie (Gilbert, Ariz.) also recorded hits for the Lions.
- Mitchell took the loss in game one of the doubleheader and surrendered eight runs (seven earned) on nine hits with three walks and seven strikeouts through 4.0 innings.
- Freshmen Nick Rempe (Islip, N.Y.) and Gabe Fields (Needham, Mass.) and sophomore Sam Knox (Sturbridge, Mass.) took the mound in the final three innings and allowed six runs (three earned) on seven hits, one walk and three strikeouts.
- Going a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, Nick Logatto batted two singles, one double and scored three runs for New Jersey City while Juan Pena drove in three RBIs and plated a pair of runs with one home run.
- Anthony Zicaro started the first three innings for the Gothic Knights and surrendered one run on two hits with one strikeout and a walk, but it was Carfora who earned the win as he blanked the Lions on three strikeouts within one inning on the bump.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Jan Castellano singled in the first New Jersey City before plating on a throwing error later in the inning as Gothic Knights quickly jumped to a 2-0 lead over Emerson in the second frame.
- After Pena took Mitchell deep for a three-run homer into left field on a 2-1 count, Emerson found themselves in a 5-0 hole after three innings were in the books.
- Emerson earned a run back within the home half of the third after Gabert plated on a rundown situation between Quitadamo, the pitcher, first baseman and catcher with the score now 5-1.
- New Jersey City answered with its sixth run in the top of the fourth on Jesse Kraft's double into left before using the fifth frame to cross five runs and extend its lead to 11-1.
- Down 11-1 after five innings, Emerson saw its deficit become deeper within the seventh as New Jersey City tacked two more runs on the board.
- Leo Colon kicked off the seventh as he smacked a two-RBI double into left to bring the score to 13-1 and Mike Ramirez iced the game with the Gothic Knights' second RBI double of the inning.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Perry powered Emerson at the plate, going a perfect 4-for-4 with one run scored and a pair of RBIs.
- Sophomore Joe Paladino (Bedminster, N.J.) finished 2-for-4 with a triple and one RBI, while senior Nolan Megna (Buffalo, N.Y.) plated one run with one RBI and went 1-for-2 and sophomore Joe Cuccio (Jefferson, N.J.) went 2-for-2 at the plate with a double and one run scored.
- Starting on the mound for the Lions was sophomore Jack Fox (Los Angeles, Calif.), who allowed five runs to cross on six hits through 4.1 innings to go along with a pair of walks and four punch-outs.
- Sophomore Ethan Young (Amherst, Mass.) pitched 1.2 relief innings and allowed one run on two hits while sending two batters down on strikes.
- Berardi, Logatto and Pena batted two hits apiece and plated a combined four runs and drove in three runs.
- Carfora picked up his second win of the day after he pitched .1 relief innings and allowed one hit, while Kyle Karfer earned his first save of the season with two strikeouts to go along with four hits and one earned run within 1.2 innings.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Neither team plated within the first frame, but it was New Jersey City who used the second through fourth innings to give themselves a 3-0 cushion.
- After the first Gothic Knights run crossed on a wild pitch in the second, Berardi sent Casetellano home on an RBI single up the middle before the third run came home on a fielder's choice.
- Within the top of fifth inning, Emerson put themselves back in the game and earned three runs back to square the score at 3-3.
- Perry brought both Quitadamo and Megna in to score after he snuck a two-RBI single through the left side to inch the Lions back within one at 3-2.
- On a 3-2 count, Paladino connected for an RBI triple into deep left field that allowed Perry to plate the equalizing run.
- New Jersey City answered with three runs of their own in the following inning and were able to extend its lead back to three at 6-3.
- Gomez doubled into right center for the go-ahead run (4-3) and was followed up by an RBI double from Logatto and a triple into right by Pena.
- The Lions still had life within the sixth inning with a pair of runners on the bags and saw Megna welcome Kafer into the game with an RBI single that made its way past the shortstop and third baseman and brought in Cuccio for the fourth Lions run.
- With a runner on third and one out in the sixth, Emerson stranded the runner as Kafer retired the side to wrap the inning.
- Perry sent a single up the middle to put a runner on for the Lions to start off the top of the seventh, but the Lions grounded into a double play that wrapped the game.
- Emerson gets back on the diamond again tomorrow, March 6, for an early doubleheader against Muhlenberg with the first pitch slated for 9:00 a.m. and the second at 12:00 p.m.
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