BOSTON, Mass. – A .500 day and a grand slam from Shannon Torosian kept the Emerson Softball Team in it Tuesday night as they fell in two close games 11-6 and 4-1 to Wellesley. The Lions now hold at 10-9 on the year and 0-4 in the NEWMAC while Wellesley 6-6 overall and 4-0 in conference play.
Game one saw the Blue jump out early on the Lions putting up two runs in the first off a home run from Jayne Ellis before adding three more in the third starting with an RBI double from Ashtyn Coleman to make it 3-0. A triple by Jayne Ellis and a throwing error brought in two more in the inning to make it 5-0.
The Blue would make it 7-0 with two more in the fifth before the Lions decided to fire back with a vengeance in the bottom fifth inning with six runs off five hits and a Blue error. Brittany Rochford brought in the first run with an RBI single to right center before Shannon Torosian dug in on a 2-1 pitch with bases loaded to launch her first career grand slam to right center to make it 7-5. Bianca Buono pulled it within one with an RBI single up the middle to make it 7-6.
Wellesley stepped up to edge away again from the Lions in the seventh inning though as they added four more runs off five hits in the seventh with a three run shot from Jennifer Migliore and a sacrifice fly pulled the score to its final resting place of 11-6.
Game two saw the Lions jump out to take the early lead in the first inning as they put a run across in the first inning with a single from Tatiana Motevalli-Oliner coming around to score off of an RBI single through the left side from Monique Medina.
The lead only held until the third inning when the Blue came back with a solo home run from Ashtyn Coleman and Jaclyn Tsang stealing home to make it 2-1. The Blue added another run in the sixth with an RBI single from Abby Casey. Jennifer Migliore added the final run in the seventh with an RBI single to make it 4-1 Wellesley.
The Lions will head to Cambridge next to take on MIT in a doubleheader this Friday with a 3 p.m. start.