-Score: Emerson College 7, Clark University 6
-Records: Clark (12-18, NEWMAC 4-10), Emerson (6-23, NEWMAC 2-12)
-Location: Danvers, Mass. (Pete Frates Diamond)
-The Lead: The Lions of Emerson College used a walk-off hit from junior Joe Paladino (Bedminster, N.J.) in the bottom of the ninth inning to claim the 7-6 final New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory over the Clark University baseball team on Tuesday afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-Clark took an early lead with three runs in the top of the first inning. Junior Dylan Horn (Sterling, Conn.) led off with a single to right field and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch and passed ball. Back-to-back walks for sophomore Chris Radovic (Fairfield, Conn.) and junior Derek Lefebvre (Groton, Mass.) loaded the bases and senior Zach Kelley (Hadley, Mass.) earned an RBI with a single to the pitcher for the 1-0 lead. A single through the left side for junior Andrew Thibault (Nashua, N.H.) scored Lefebvre and Radovic for the 3-0 lead.
-With two outs on the board the Lions got one run back in the bottom of the second when first year Josh Cohen (Corte Madera, Calif.) singled through the left side to score Paladino (3-1).
-Clark extended their lead back to three when junior Nick Jordan (Seaford, N.Y.) singled through the left side, stole second, and eventually came home on a fielding error by the Lions for the 4-1 lead.
-Radovic got ahold of a pitch in the top of the fifth and put it over the center field fence to give the Cougars the 5-1 lead after five.
-Emerson rallied for two runs in each of the final three innings to come out with the one-run victory. Sophomore Ryan McCahan (San Jose, Calif.) singled to right center for two RBI in the bottom of the seventh to bring the Lions within two, 5-3. First year Quinton Copeland (Houston, Tex.) and senior CJ Rogers (Guilford, Conn.) both came home in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game at 5-5.
-Clark used a single from sophomore Steven Mooney (Buffalo, N.Y.) and a pair of errors from the Lions to regain the lead in the top of the ninth, 6-5.
-Freshman Louie Davolio (Worcester, Mass.) led off the bottom of the ninth with a triple down the right field line for Emerson and came home on a wild pitch to even the score again, 6-6. With two outs on the board Paladino singled to center field to score first year Michael Logerwell (Kansas City, Mo.) as the Lions walked off with the final 7-6 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-Radovic finished 1-for-2 with one RBI and two runs scored for Clark while Thibault went 1-for-4 with two RBI in the setback.
-Cohen finished 1-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored for Emerson. Senior Ethan Young (Amherst, Mass.) went 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored in the victory while Cohen finished the day 1-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored.
-Emerson finished with 10 total hits while Clark put up seven hits.
-Senior Dan Shaw (Arlington, Mass.) started on the mound for Clark. He went 6.2 innings, struck out nine batters, allowed five hits and three runs scored. Junior Cam Smith (Gorham, Maine) took the loss on the mound for the Cougars and falls to 0-1 on the season.
-Senior Tim Mainella (Dover, N.H.) improves to 2-4 on the mound for Emerson. In 8.1 innings pitched he struck out five batters, allowed seven hits and six runs scored (five earned).
-Clark hosts Worcester State in a non-conference single game on Wednesday, April 17th at 3:30 p.m.
-Emerson travels to Gordon College on the same day for an out of conference match-up at 3:30 p.m.