BOSTON – With the game locked at 1-all Emmanuel got the walk-off win with a an RBI double to right center to defeat the Suffolk softball team, 2-1, in the nightcap of the GNAC doubleheader at Clemente Field Sunday afternoon.
SCORE: Suffolk 1, Emmanuel 2
RECORDS: Suffolk (7-11, 1-3 GNAC) | Emmanuel (7-11, 2-2 GNAC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Emmanuel threatened to open the scoring in the second inning by loading the bases with two outs, but Ali Yamakaitis worked out of the inning to keep a scoreless game through two.
Suffolk opened the scoring in the third with a two-out run, this time on an RBI single down the right field line by Ashley Zulla to give the Rams a 1-0 advantage.
In the fourth, the Saints loaded the bases with no outs, but once again Yamakaitis worked her way out of the jam, this time with a strikeout, groundout and fly out to keep the bags full and hold the 1-0 Suffolk lead.
Emmanuel's arm, Jill Kilcoyne, returned the favor in the fifth as Suffolk filled the bases with one out before Kilcoyne worked out of the inning to keep it a one-run game.
The Saints locked the game in the home half of the inning with a two-out solo blaster to centerfield by Sheehan to even the score at 1-1 heading into the sixth.
Following a scoreless sixth, Kilcoyne surrounded a leadoff single by McKenzie McGrath in the seventh, but handled the remaining of the inning to set-up Emmanuel's walk-off destiny. Sydney Rogers represented the winning run after connecting on a one-out single to left and came around to score on an RBI double to right center by Kerry Sendrick to seal the win for the Saints.
- Suffolk's five hits came off different bats with Zulla, Jaclyn Flint, Lindsay Pagano, Karina Miranda and McGrath all recording one hit apiece.
- McGrath was responsible for Suffolk's one thanks to being brought in by Zulla.
- Yamakaitis fell inside the circle. The junior allowed two runs on six hits with six strikeouts and three walks.
- Kilcoyne collected the win in a complete-game effort, limiting Suffolk to one run on five hits with six Ks.
- Suffolk and Emmanuel split the two-game series for the second straight season.
Suffolk takes a break from conference competition as it lifts the lid on its home schedule Tuesday, April 11 when Curry stops by East Boston Memorial Park. The doubleheader is scheduled for a 4 p.m. first pitch.