WELLESLEY, Mass. - A trio of seniors for the Nighthawks finished the doubleheader with a total of eight hits as the Newbury Nighthawks sent their seniors home with a pair of wins over Daniel Webster College in New England Collegiate Conference action.
Game One: Newbury 9 - Daniel Webster 1 (Final - 6 innings)
Nighthawks sophomore Noelle Sass (Randolph, Mass.) finished the first game of the doubleheader batting 3-for-4, including two doubles and four RBIs as the Nighthawks defeated the Eagles in a game-shortened six innings, 9-1 on Saturday afternoon.
Nighthawks senior Naomi Ricciotti (Pheonix, Ariz.) also finished 3-for-4, which included two RBIs and two runs scored. Senior Lindsey Clark (Venice, Fla.) batted 2-for-3, both singles with a run scored.
Eagles junior Megan Blongy (Rutland, Vt.), freshman Elaine Chambers (Framingham, Mass.), and sophomore Amber Roberts (Berlin, N.H.) were the only three players to record a hit. Roberts added an RBI in the second.
The Nighthawks were out in front quickly as Sass doubled to center field, scoring the game's first run for a 1-0 lead. Following a walk by Alexis Vieira (Pawtucket, R.I.), Ricciotti singled, scoring Sass for a 2-0 lead. A fielder's choice would score Vieira on the next at-bat, giving the Nighthawks a 3-0 lead.
The Eagles struck for one in the second on a single by Roberts, scoring Chambers, who doubled to lead off the inning.
A Sass RBI double in the bottom of the second and an RBI single by freshman Mallory Stefan (Thornton, Colo.) in the fifth gave the Nighthawks a 4-1 lead.
The Nighthawks broke the game open in the sixth, an inning which saw the Nighthawks take a small ball approach with five singles, the last of which by freshman Arianna Gooden (Bakersfield, Calif.) ended the game at 9-1.
Stefan picked up the win for the Nighthawks in six innings of work. Stefan allowed one run on three hits, striking out two. Stefan improved to 8-9 this season.
Roberts started for the Eagles, allowing nine runs, seven earned, on 15 hits while striking out three.
Game Two: Newbury 6 - Daniel Webster 1
After picking up the win in the first game, Stefan did her damage with the bat in the second game, finishing 2-for-3 with an RBI as the Nighthawks swept the Eagles with a 6-1 victory in the second game of the doubleheader at Alumni Field at Wellesley College.
Nighthawks sophomore Tina Babcock (Ayer, Mass.) also finished 2-for-3 in Game Two, including a triple, an RBI, and a run scored. Vieira finished 1-for-4 with two RBIs. Senior Elizabeth Kia (Kea'au, Hawaii) batted 1-for-2 with an RBI on a sacrifice fly.
Eagles senior Skylar Evans (Washington, Iowa), freshman Alissa Ouellette (Nashua, N.H.), and freshman Katelyn Banta (Oakdale, Conn.) were the trio of Eagles to finish with a hit in this game, all batting 1-for-3. Ouellette finished with the only RBI.
It took until the third for either team to break through, but the Nighthawks took advantage of a situation with two runners in scoring position thanks to a two-RBI single by Vieira, opening the scoring for a 2-0 lead.
A two-out single to right field by Ouellette in the fourth put the Eagles on the board, cutting the deficit in half, 2-1.
Kia's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth scored Babcock, who tripled earlier in the inning, re-establishing the Nighthawks two-run lead, 3-1.
In the fifth, the Nighthawks added more breathing room, starting with a single up the middle by Stefan, giving the Nighthawks a 4-1 lead. An error in the next at-bat scored Gooden for a 5-1 Nighthawks edge. Babcock's single to left field would score Stefan for a 6-1 lead. The three runs all came with two outs.
Sophomore Alina Milauskas (Elkridge, Md.) didn't surrender a hit for until one out in the fourth, including a streak of nine straight outs. Milauskas gets credit for the win, improving to 9-5 this season.
The pair of victories moves the Nighthawks to 17-15 (14-2 NECC), while the two losses drop the Eagles to 5-20 (1-15 NECC).
The Nighthawks hold a one-game lead for first place in the NECC with one day remaining. Sunday afternoon the Nighthawks travel to Elms College for a doubleheader starting at 1:00 p.m. The Eagles host Lesley University on Sunday. The Lynx are the Nighthawks closest chaser, as they sit at 13-3 in the NECC.