Emerson splits doubleheader with Saints

by Tyler Deffebach / Beacon Correspondent • April 18, 2013

Brittany Rochford and the Emerson softball team struggled to hit the ball consistently.
Brittany Rochford and the Emerson softball team struggled to hit the ball consistently.

Emerson College: 5
Emmanuel College: 3 

Emmanuel College: 5
Emerson Collee: 4 

In its first game since April 6, the Emerson softball team split a doubleheader with Saint Joseph’s College Sunday, with initial home runs giving the Lions an early lead. 

Despite winning the first game 5-3, Emerson was not able to keep a strong offense in the second, losing 5-4. Head coach Phil McElroy said inconsistent playing and the long streak with no competitive play were the main reasons for the team’s struggle in the second game. 

“This was not our best overall performance,” McElroy said. “Hopefully, though, because we are playing multiple games in a row, now things will pick up a bit.”

The Lions left a total of 10 runners on base in both games on 13 hits, and had a team batting average of .250, below its season average of .317.

The first game was the fourth win this season in which Emerson has scored all its runs in two or less innings.

Alexandra Magistro, a junior pitcher and infielder, said the team has had a tendency to score large numbers of runs at one particular time and are unable to score throughout the game, putting pressure on pitchers to sustain a lead.

“One problem that we have had lately is that we all hit in one inning and then our offense just dies,” said Magistro, a visual and media arts major. “It does not happen all the time, but when that happens and the other team gets ahead, it’s a struggle to climb out of.”

Brittany Rochford, a junior outfielder, said that the team’s offensive momentum is off-kilter, but will correct itself with time.

“[Hitting] is all about timing and rhythm,” said Rochford, a visual and media arts major. “Some people get their strides and some people don’t.”

Emerson ranks sixth in Great Northeast Athletic Conference statistics in total runs scored, sixth in runs batted in, seventh in on-base percentage, and 10th in total hits, according to GNAC statistics.

The team is currently ranked first in the GNAC standings with a conference record of 14-2 and a 17-11 overall record.

The Lions will play another doubleheader against Saint Joseph’s College today at 6 p.m. at Rotch Field.