NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. - The Nighthawks offense returned to their form from a week ago, scoring 13 runs in the first four innings on the way to a 15-4 win over the Becker Hawks on Sunday afternoon, salvaging a game in the three-game series of New England Collegiate Conference play.
Nighthawks freshman Javi Martinez (Saugus, Mass.) batted 2-for-5 with four RBIs, including a home run, his first of the season. Senior Mitchell Walsh (Westport, Mass) finished 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles. Junior David Center (Medford, Mass.) finished 2-for-5 with a home run, his first of the season.
Hawks senior Chris Testa (Providence, R.I.) finished 3-for-5 on the day. Freshman William Negron (Bronx, N.Y.) finished 2-for-4 with an RBI single. Despite 13 hits for Becker, none of them went for extra bases.
The Nighthawks started the first inning with two on in scoring position and no out. Back-to-back groundouts would give the Nighthawks a 2-0 lead. But the Nighthawks rallied with two outs with Center's two-run home run to lead 4-0.
In the second, the Nighthawks again put two in scoring position. Following a balk that scored sophomore Justin Banks (Corona, Calif.), Martinez hit an RBI single and later scored on a Walsh double, giving the Nighthawks a 7-0 lead.
The Hawks got two back in the bottom of the second, but the Nighthawks expanded their advantage with five in the top of the third. Martinez capped off the inning with his first career home run, a two-run shot that gave Newbury a 12-2 lead.
Nighthawks senior Jim McGrorry (Oakhurst, N.J.) pitched six innings, allowing three earned runs on 11 hits, earning the win to improve to 2-0.
Becker took the first two games of the series on Saturday, giving them the 2-1 start to the NECC season.
The win moves the Nighthawks to 4-2 (1-2 NECC) while the loss drops Becker to 2-1 (2-1 NECC).
The Nighthawks have the week off before a trip to Florida for Spring Break. Newbury begins their Florida trip with a doubleheader against New York University on March 11, starting at 9:00 a.m.