BOSTON, Mass. – Stellar pitching from Alicia Daniele and a .500 day from Tatiana Motevalli-Oliner helped fuel the Emerson Softball Team as they split a doubleheader with the visiting WPI Engineers, winning game one 4-2 before WPI flipped the script and won game two 4-2. The Lions are now 11-12 overall and 1-7 in conference play as WPI moves to 14-7 on the year and 5-4 in the NEWMAC.
Game one saw WPI start out strong with an RBI single from Juliana Fekete to make it a quick 1-0. The pitching duel was on after that as both offenses were silenced until the fifth when the Engineers struck again, this time with a sac fly from Fekete again to make it 2-0.
The Lions finally fired back though in the fifth inning capitalizing on a throwing error for a score and back-to-back wild pitches for two more to take the 3-2 lead after five. The EC offense started swinging a lot better in the sixth to add another after lead-off double from Alexandra Wysota was brought around to score with an RBI bunt single from Amanda Horton. Daniele took the reigns for the rest of the game as struck out six en route to the 4-2 win.
In game two WPI started out hot again as they put up two quick runs off three hits and an error in the first inning with RBIs again from Fekete and Katie Bumila to snake a 2-0 lead. The Lions roared back in the bottom of the first though to knot it up again as an error put on Shannon Torosian before Jenna Giannelli dug in on a 1-1 pitch which she sent the distance to right center for her fourth home run of the season.
Alexandra Magistro held it down in the circle for EC until the fourth inning when WPI pounced with three hits as an RBI single up the middle from Nicole McDonough brought home Amanda Pierce. Another run in the fifth was all that WPI had in them, but all they would need as Ali LaRue brought in Kristin Gallagher. The Lions' bats couldn't fire back though as WPI closed out the 4-2 win on the arm of Caroline Medino.
The Lions are back in action this week as they travel to Lesley for a doubleheader on Tuesday for a 3:30 p.m. start in Brookline, Mass.