Nighthawk Bats Wake Up; Kenyon Powers Newbury to Victory

The bats broke out for the Newbury College softball team today as they picked up their first victory with 4-3 victory over Alverno College in game two, Monday afternoon in Fort Myers, Florida. Junior right-hander Olivia Kenyon (Canton, Mass.) went the distance tossing her fourth complete game of the season, allowing just one earned run on three hits while fanning three Inferno.

Alverno grabbed a quick 1-0 lead after senior outfielder Ashleigh Sagat drove a double into the right-centerfield gap to plate first year Alexis Botsford but Kenyon minimized the damage, getting Kristen Holub to pop out to shortstop.

In the home half of the frame, Kenyon helped her own cause pulling a long single into the left-centerfield game to bring sophomore Sheri Liggiero (Tewksbury, Mass.) around from second to knot up the game at one. Two batters later, first year third baseman Lindsey Clark (River Edge,N.J.) laced a single into left-center to plate Flamenco, who worked a one-out walk, from third. Kenyon got on her high horse, scampering around from second to score the Nighthawks third run of the frame.

The Nighthawks were not done. Junior first baseman Kaitlin McLaughlin (Dorchester, Mass.) followed suit, keeping pace, ripping a single into right field to bring Clark home to take a commanding 4-1 advantage.

It's all Kenyon needed as she kept the Inferno from crossing home plate until Alverno took advantage of a Nighthawk miscue in the top of the fourth to push across two unearned runs. But that was as close as they got.

Kenyon went 1-1 on the day posting an outstanding 0.64 ERA with just one earned run on nine hits while fanning nine opposing batters.  Earlier in the day, the Canton, Mass. native registered a two-to-one strikeout-to-walk ratio,  retiring six Stars by way of the strikeout while walking three, in a tough 1-0 loss against Dominican (IL) in game one of the day.

It was a classic pitcher's duel between Kenyon and Dominican sophomore right-hander Haley Locher, in the early morning. With goose eggs on the scoreboard throughout the majority of the first half of the game, it became apparent this game was going to like other instant, pitching classics: the first team to make a mistake was going to be costly. And it was.

In the top of the fifth, sophomore Sara Hausl opened the frame reaching on an error by the second baseman. After advancing 60 feet to get into scoring position, it looked as if the Nighthawks were going to get out of the inning unscathed. Kenyon got first year Dominique Schneider to line-out to Clark at shortstop before catching first year Alyssa Domico gazing at strike three for the second out of the frame.

However,  the third out came too late. Sophomore Kaitlin Barajas laced a base hit through the infield to bring Hausl around for second for the game-winning run.

The Nighthawks return to the diamond Wednesday morning March 5th against Milwaukee School of Engineering and Kenyon College at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. at the Cape Coral Sports Complex in Fort Myers, Fla. Wednesday's second game will be the second time Newbury will face the Ladies of Kenyon College in program history. The Ladies defeated the Nighthawks in their last meeting, almost exactly two years to the day on March 6, 2012, 7-1 in Fort Myers, Fla.

Sunday's Results:

Clark 4, Newbury 3 
Clark University sophomore Corrie Derosier drove in starter Hayley Buckheit with the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to lead the Cougars to the 4-3 win over the Nighthawks, Sunday afternoon. 

Offense was hard to come by in the early innings against both starters, Kenyon and Buckheit until the home half of the fifth. Derosier laced a triple down the right field line to open the frame then bacm einto the score when first year Lauren Mackey hit a towering fly ball to centerfield to give Clark the 1-0 lead.

However, Kenyon minimized the damage and held the Cougars to just one run. In the top of the sixth, she helped her own cause with a one-out single. Two batters later, senior shortstop Katie Haney (Winchendon, Mass.) kept the inning alive lacing a two-out single back where it came from.

After Kenyon and Haney both got into scoring position with successful steals of third and second, respectively, first year first baseman Liz Kia (Kea'au, Hawaii) won a lenghthy battle against Buckheit and roped a single down the third baseline to plate both Kenyon and Haney. 

The Nighthawks were not done yet. Following an infield base-hit by sophomore rightfielder Tory Hoemke (Wilton, N.H.), sophomore second baseman Elizabeth Fox (Orono, Maine) ripped a single to bring Kia in from third base to give the Nighthawks a 3-1 lead. 

But the Cougars clawed their way back, picking up a run in the home half of the sixth to close the gap to 3-2 before scoring twice in the seventh. 

Franklin 10, Newbury 5

In the second game Sunday afternoon, Franklin College held off a late-inning Newbury comeback to go on to the 10-5 win.

The Nighthawks jumped on the scoreboard early giving first year right-hander Alexa Mummery (Rochester, N.Y.) a two-run cushion. However, the Grizzlies answered with four runs in home half of the frame to take a 4-2.

However, Mummery settle down nicely after the rocky first, putting up goose eggs in Franklin's line in the second and third innings. An inning later, Franklin pushed across another two runs before Kenyon came on relief. 

In the top of the fifth the Nighthawks closed the gap to two-runs. Liggiero led off the inning with a base-hit the opposite way. Two batters later, after Kenyon reach on a single of her own, Kia laced a single to right to plate Liggiero but was thrown out trying to stretch into a double. 

Pinch-hitting for Haney, junior Kaitlin McLaughin (Dorchester, Mass.) came through ripping a two-out single to bring Kenyon in from third to cut the deficit to 6-4. But that was as close as the Nighthawks got. 

The Grizzlies extended the lead to three picking up a run in the home half of the fifth before sealing the game with three runs in the sixth. 

Notes:
Junior right-hander Olivia Kenyon (Canton, Mass.) has also been helping her own causing, leading the Nighthawks hitting .611 (11-for-18) with a .632 on-base percentage and .611 slugging percentage for a staggering 1.243 OPS...Kenyon also leads the Nighthawks successfully swiping four-of-five bases - one more than sophomore centerfielder Sheri Liggiero (Tewksbury, Mass.)...Liggiero, who is three-for-four on the basepaths, is hitting .375 (6-for-16) with five runs scored an .849 OPS (.474 OBP, .375 SLG)... Sophomore outfielder Tory Hoemke (Wilton, N.H.) rounds out the Nighthawks hitting over .300, posting a .333 batting average (5-for-15)... 

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