Game 1 Score: Emerson 15, Penn. St. - New Kensington 4 (7 innings)
Game 2 Score: Penn St. - New Kensington 7, Emerson 6 (7 innings)
Records: Emerson Lions (1-4) ; Penn. St. - New Kensington (1-1)
Game 1 Pitching Decision: WP: Tim Mainella (1-1) | LP: Noah Oddis (0-1)
Game 2 Pitching Decision: WP: Christopher Redulic (1-0) | LP: Anthony Pugliese (0-1)
Location: Auburndale, Fla. (Lake Myrtle Field #2)
Date: Monday March 4, 2019
The Lead: The freshmen bats of Quinton Copeland (Houston, Tex.), Louie Davolio (Worcester, Mass.), Erich Vinacco (Bolton, Mass.) and Joe Colucci (Howell, N.J.) powered the Emerson baseball team to its first victory of the 2019 season in a 15-4 win over Penn. St. - New Kensington in the opening game of the doubleheader. In the second game of the day, the Lions could not hold on to a six-run lead and were edged out by a late comeback by the Nittany Lions and fell 7-6 on Monday afternoon.
GAME ONE: Emerson 15, Penn. State - New Kensington 4
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Copeland and Vinacco batted a combined 6-of-7 in the box with three RBIs apiece while Copeland stole three bases and Vinacco scored four runs alongside two triples.
- Adding more power at the plate for Emerson was Davolio, who also registered a double and three RBIs with one run scored along with Colucci, who knocked in two runs with a triple.
- Mainella tossed four innings on the rubber in his first win of the season and gave up two runs (one earned) on a pair of hits along with two walks and seven strikeouts.
- Reise Mastson led Penn St. at the plate in a 2-for-2 day with a double while three other Nittany Lions picked up one RBI.
- Starting for the Nittany Lions was Oddis, who allowed eight runs to cross on seven hits while he gave up four walks and fanned five and Tyler Elliot saw 3.2 innings of relief where he surrendered three runs on four hits with one walk and four punch-outs.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Emerson's bats got going early and continued to stay hot as the Lions spread 13 of its 15 runs across the first four innings, starting in the first with Davolio sending in Copeland on a ground out RBI to second.
- Penn. St. - New Kensington stayed even with Emerson at 1-1 for one inning after they were able to capitalize on a wild pitch in the bottom of the first, but it was the last time the Nittany Lions would come close to the visiting Lions.
- Copeland started off a four-run second frame with a two RBI single followed up another pair crossing after Davolio's RBI double made its way into left (5-1).
- Back-to-back triples from the bats of Vinacco and Colucci kept a two-out third inning going and tacked on another two runs (7-1) and had Copeland's second RBI single send in Colucci for the third score of the inning (8-1).
- The Nittany Lions cut the Lions extensive lead down to six in the home half of the third as Chris Rendulic brought in V Ribar on a grounder to short with the score moved to 8-2.
- Emerson bullied Penn St. pitching with a five-run fourth stanza that was highlighted by Vinacco's second three-bagger of the day (13-2).
- Penn St. pitching finally silenced the Emerson lineup and made the fifth inning the only inning were Lions unable to score a run in, getting a pair of strikeouts and a fly ball.
- Emerson did not stay off the board for long and earned its final two runs back in the sixth and seventh frames thanks to senior Daniel Gaynor's (Hong Kong) grounder to second in the sixth and a homer in the seventh.
- Justin Linderman and Elliot were able to push more runs across within the sixth and used Linderman's triple and a double by Elliot to put the score at 14-4, but were unable to gain any more ground as the Lions snagged the 15-4 win.
GAME TWO: Penn. St. - New Kensington 7, Emerson 6
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Davolio put on a 4-for-4 showing in the second game that included a double, triple, a stolen base and three RBIs as seven Lions followed with one hit apiece and two registered one RBI each.
- Pugliese shouldered the setback within 4.2 innings pitched where he allowed four runs on five hits to go with two walks and three punch-outs.
- Linderman used his lone hit of the game to drive in four runs on a home run and Rendulic finished 2-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored.
- Starting on the mound for Penn St. was Josh Stuckley, who allowed six runs (five earned) on five hits as he fanned five and walked three and Rendulic closed the last three frames blanking the Lions on four hits, three walks and three strikeouts.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Much like the first game, Emerson tacked on its runs in the first through fourth frames to gain an early 6-0 advantage over Penn St..
- Senior CJ Rogers (Guliford, Conn.) put the game's first run on the board with a sacrifice fly into center in the first and used a mishap by Stuckley to gain a 2-0 lead after two innings.
- Emerson added two more runs in the bottom of the third as Davolio smacked an RBI single into the left center gap followed by junior Joe Paladino's (Bedminster, N.J.) double to the same location.
- Davolio brought in another pair of runs in the following inning as he barreled a double down the left field line to push Emerson ahead 6-0.
- The Lions held a comfortable six run lead entering the second half of the game, but the Nittany Lions answered and battled with two outs in the top of the fifth to rattle off a six-run comeback to even the score at 6-all.
- Two quick outs were followed by back to back singles and a walk, which eventually led Rendulic sending an RBI single into center and a bases loaded walk with Emerson's lead cut down to 6-2.
- Linderman made it a whole new ballgame with one swing of the bat and took a pitch deep for the game-tying grand-slam before a strikeout capped off a wild fifth inning.
- Emerson had the opportunity to reclaim a lead with runners on every bag in its half of the fifth, but Redulic got the Lions to ground out for the final out of the inning.
- The game stayed in a 6-6 lock in the sixth until Penn St. took advantage of another bases loaded opportunity and notched the go-ahead 7-6 run on Oddis' single as the Lions escaped further damage with a grounder to second.
- Two consecutive walks and infield single to short placed Lions at every base with one out and a chance to walk off with the win, but Redulic got himself out of trouble as he retired the final two batters on back to back fly balls.
- Emerson takes to the field on Tuesday, March 5 in a single game against Fontbonne at 2:00 p.m.
- Penn St. - New Kensington takes on Concordia (MN) on Wednesday, March 6 at 9:00 a.m.
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