NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. - With the bases loaded, one out, and the Nighthawks leading 3-2 in the seventh, junior reliever Jim McGrorry (Oakhurst, N.J.) got Lions senior Danny Johnson (Mashpee, Mass.) to ground into a 6-4-3 double play, ending the threat and helping the Nighthawks to hold on to a 4-2 win over the Emerson Lions on Wednesday afternoon at the New England Baseball Complex.
Nighthawks sophomore David Center (Medford, Mass.) batted 2-for-4 including his fourth home run of the season, a two-run shot down the left field line. Junior Matthew Sobray (Santa Clarita, Calif.) went 3-for-4, all singles, scoring twice. Senior Ian Hruniak (Lutz, Fla.) batted 2-for-3 with a single and a double.
Lions junior Nolan Megna (Buffalo, N.Y.) batted 2-for-4 including a double. Senior Mitch Moormann (Hollywood, Fla.) finished 1-for-3 with a RBI double. Junior Tim Quitadamo (Worcester, Mass.) scored both Lions runs.
Following 6 1/3 innings from Nighthawks freshman John Camerota (Belchertown, Mass.), McGrorry entered with two on and one out. A McGrorry wild pitch and a hit batter loaded the bases with one out in the seventh.
Johnson stepped in and ripped a ground ball to senior Brian Rhone (North Haven, Conn.), who flipped to senior Billy Stephen (Windermere, Fla.). Stephen fired a throw to Center, beating Johnson by a half-step, ending the inning at 3-2.
The Nighthawks trailed 1-0 following Quitadamo scoring on a wild pitch in the top of the third.
In the bottom half of the inning, with one out, Sobray singled up the middle and Center gave the Nighthawks their first lead with his fourth home run of the season, 2-1.
The Nighthawks added one in the fourth on a Dante Serino (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) single, scoring Hruniak for a 3-1 lead.
After the top of the seventh made the game 3-2, the Nighthawks regained a two-run lead in the bottom of the inning on a RBI single by junior Matthew Peluso (Woodbridge, ONT, CAN).
Camerota (2-1) takes credit for the win in his 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs, one earned on four hits. Lions senior Henry Schwartz (Queens, N.Y.) falls to 2-1 with the loss, lasting four innings, allowing three runs on six hits.
Stephen entered in the ninth, allowing just a walk, earning his third save this season.
The Nighthawks improve to 14-11 with the victory and are 11-5 against non-conference opponents this season. The Lions fall to 8-6 with the loss.
The Nighthawks start a three-game series with Elms College on Saturday, a doubleheader starting at 1:00, followed by a single game on Sunday at 12:00 p.m.
The Lions prepare for three games against MIT starting with a single game Friday at 3:30 p.m. and a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 11:00 a.m.