By Annie Jenkins
March 7, 2015
CLERMONT, Fla.– The Emerson College Softball team opened its 2015 campaign with a doubleheader sweep to begin the season 2-0 on Saturday.
In game one, Emerson defeated the New York University Violets (0-2) by a final score of 9-5.
The visiting Lions got the ball rolling with a leadoff single from freshman shortstop Jackie DeFusco and she later came around to score the first run of the season on freshman first baseman Alexis Ellis-Alvarez‘s fielder’s choice.
In the bottom of first frame, NYU tallied two runs on a two-RBI double by catcher Val Schwein to take a 2-1 lead over the Lions.
Emerson struck back, piling on four runs in the top of the second to regain a 5-2 advantage in a half-inning featuring three of the team’s nine hits in the game.
The Lions tacked on two more runs apiece in the sixth and seventh innings and escaped a two-run seventh inning comeback attempt from NYU to secure the victory.
Junior transfer pitcher Samantha Corey settled down and struck out seven, including striking out the side in the fourth inning.
Corey (1-0) was knocked around for 12 hits, but gave up just five runs (four earned) and walked none in a complete-game effort to earn her first collegiate win.
“It felt great…not just the feeling of winning, but winning with such a great group of girls and being proud to call them my teammates. I’m excited to see how we’ll do this season,” said Corey.
In game two of the doubleheader, Emerson beat the Rhode Island College Anchormen, 7-3. With the win, the Lions move to 2-0 while RIC falls to 0-2 on the season.
The visiting Lions got in an early 1-0 hole after two innings of play, but came roaring back with a full count, two-run homer off the bat of freshman shortstop DeFusco to give Emerson a 2-1 lead and never looked back. The Lions put up a five-run, five-hit third inning, as DeFusco‘s first collegiate home run provided the fire the Lions need to get back into the game.
Freshman pitcher Casey Tsamis went four innings in the circle, allowing six hits and two runs, before giving way to fellow freshman righty Ellis-Alvarez.
Emerson tacked on two insurance runs in the top of the seventh and stomped out the flames as RIC tried to make a seventh inning comeback, as Lauren Duvall laced an RBI single to centerfield with two outs. Ellis-Alvarez got the clean-up hitting Justina Thoma (2-for-4, RBI triple) to line out to third base to end the game.
The Lions out-hit RIC, 11 to 10, as Emerson was led at the plate by freshman first baseman Gearin (2-for-4, double, two runs scored) and freshman third baseman Lyndi McIntyre (2-for-4, two doubles, four RBIs and one run scored).
Listen to freshman shortstop Jackie DeFusco on her first collegiate home run performance:
“Uh. My God! It was awesome, it was amazing! And also it was ironic because it was against a pitcher that I played with for like 10 years, so it was really cool and fun and hopefully many more!” said DeFusco.
Update: On Sunday, the Lions fell 8-3 and 4-2 to Lakeland College and Becker College. Emerson has six games remaining as part of its 10-game Spring Break trip.https://storify.com/Annie9292/emerson-college-softball