Game One Score: Smith 6, Emerson 1
Game Two Score: Smith 16, Emerson 5 (5 innings)
Game One Pitching Decision: W - Natalie Burchat (4-9) ; L - Keely Marquez (3-10)
Game Two Pitching Decision: W - Rowan Turner (4-9) ; L - Kodie Cash (2-9)
Records: Emerson Lions (5-24, 1-13 NEWMAC); Smith Pioneers (8-19, 5-9 NEWMAC)
Location: Boston, Mass. (Rotch Field)
Date: April 15, 2017
The Lead: On Saturday afternoon, the Emerson softball team dropped a pair of home NEWMAC games to the visiting Smith Pioneers. Emerson were bested, 6-1, in the first game by Smith before they shouldered a 16-5 five-inning defeat. Prior to the start of the first game, the Lions honored senior Shelby Carney (North Reading, Mass.) for her hard work and dedication to the softball program through her collegiate career.
Game One: Smith 6, Emerson 1
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Smith crossed home four times to take the 4-0 lead over Emerson after the first two frames.
- Makena Wagner drove in the first Pioneers runs on a double into the left center gap to drive in Emma Kraus.
- A three-run second inning kicked off with back-to-back RBI doubles from Elodie Townsend and Kraus before Brittney Blokker capped off the frame with an RBI single.
- The Pioneers were able to plate a run in its half of the fifth and sixth frames to extend the lead to 6-0 over the Lions behind Tyler Feeney's RBI grounder to second and single into left from Blokker.
- Cash took Burchat deep within the bottom half of the sixth as her second homer of the season landed over the fence in center to put the score at 6-1.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Emerson saw six batters record a hit, while Cash led going 1-for-3 at the plate with a homer.
- Marquez took the loss as she pitched the first two frames, giving up four runs on six hits with a walk.
- Freshman Marisa DeFranco (Falls Church, Va.) was on the mound for the final five innings and gave up a pair of runs on five hits with one strikeout.
- Smith had five batters notch a pair of hits as Blocker finished 2-for-4 with two RBI and Townsend recorded a pair of doubles, crossed for one run and drove in one.
- Burchat pitched a complete seven inning outing where she allowed a single run with six hits, two walks and fanned two batters.
Game Two: Smith 16, Emerson 5
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Kraus made her way home for the first Smith run on a miscue at third that was followed up by solo homer into left by Ally Snyder to put the Pioneers up 2-0 to begin the first.
- Emerson answered in their half of the inning with a two-run bomb from sophomore Kallista Leonardos (El Granada, Calif.) to knot the score, 2-all.
- Smith put themselves up by a pair at 4-2 in the top of the second frame after Lydia DeAngelo crushed a two-run home run into left center.
- Emerson trailed by seven runs after Smith's half of the third thanks to Pioneers tacking on five runs to extend its lead to 9-2.
- Snyder launched her second homer of the game into deep center to drive in the first trio of Smith runs followed by Townsend's RBI single to left.
- Kraus safely reached on a fielder's choice to bring in Townsend for the Pioneers final run of the inning.
- Smith plated five more runs in the fourth to balloon its lead margin to 14 at 16-2 that was highlighted by pinch hitter Stephanie Konas' two RBI triple into right field followed by Townsend's two run single to center.
- Megan McGrath batted in the 15th Smith run on a bases loaded single before DeAngelo smacked in the final Pioneers run on an RBI single into left.
- Within the home half of the fifth, Emerson was able to answer with a trio of two-out runs to bring the score to 16-5.
- Leonardos reached throwing error committed by the third baseman that allowed Carney to plate the first run of the fifth.
- Cash batted in Leonardos for the second run on an RBI single before freshman Micaela Dix (White House Station, N.J.) reached on a fielder's choice to bring Cash in.
- Smith reliever Jessica Flohr got Emerson to ground out to second to wrap up the game.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Dix went 2-for-3 at the plate for Emerson with one RBI, Cash brought in one run and Leonardos batted 1-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs.
- Cash started the opening pair of innings for Emerson and took the loss where she gave up six runs (four earned), surrendered five hits and walked on.
- DeFranco and freshman Erin Nolan (Hunterdon, N.J.) completed the final two innings and allowed two runs to cross on six hits and struck out two.
- Snyder finished 2-for-3 in the box with a pair of homers and four RBIs and Townsend batted 2-for-2 with three runs scored, three RBIs and drew one walk.
- Turner moved to 4-9 with the win and allowed Emerson two runs (one earned) on four hits to match her three strikeouts and one walk.
- Flohr was on the mound for the fifth inning and surrendered three runs on a pair of hits.
- Emerson will be at Coast Guard on Friday, April 21 for a pair of NEWMAC road tilts with the first pitch slated for 3:00 p.m.
- Smith travels to Williams College for a pair of non-conference games on Wednesday, April 19 starting at 4:00 p.m.
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