Nighthawks, Bulldogs Split Sunday Doubleheader

Photo Credit: Dylan Foran
Photo Credit: Dylan Foran

GAME ONE: Newbury 5 - Dean 2

NORTHBORO, Mass. - The Nighthawks offense exploded for a four-run bottom of the third, providing plenty of offense in the Nighthawks 5-2 win over the Dean Bulldogs in the first game of a doubleheader from the New England Baseball Complex in New England Collegiate Conference play. 

Nighthawks senior Matthew Sobray (Santa Clarita, Calif.) batted 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Sophomore Andrew DiRito (Plymouth, Mass.) finished 1-for-3 with a pair of RBIs.

Bulldogs freshman Will Kulcher (Crown Point, Ind.) batted 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a run scored. Freshman Jeff Sharnick (Stratford, Conn.) batted 1-for-4 with an RBI double.

Tied at 1-1 headed for the bottom of the third, an RBI single by Sobray gave the Nighthawks a 2-1 lead. Sobray advanced to third on two stolen bases and scored on a Bulldogs error for a 3-1 lead. 

Later in the inning, with the bases loaded, DiRito singled up the middle, scoring a pair for a 5-1 lead.

Nighthawks senior Jim McGrorry (Oakhurst, N.J.) picks up the win, pitching a complete game while allowing eight hits and one earned run. McGrorry improves to 4-1 on the season.

Bulldogs sophomore Jason Bottone (Derby, Conn.) pitched six innings, allowing five runs on five hits, falling to 2-1 with the loss.


GAME TWO: Dean 4 - Newbury 2

NORTHBORO, Mass. - Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth, Bulldogs freshman Landon Fish (New Port Richey, Fla.) produced a bases-clearing double to right-center field, leading the Bulldogs to a 4-2 win over the Nighthawks and a split of the doubleheader on Sunday afternoon.

Fish batted 2-for-3, the only Bulldog to record a hit for Dean.

Nighthawks senior Matthew Peluso (Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada) and freshman Javi Martinez (Taunton, Mass.) both batted 1-for-2. Peluso recorded a double while Martinez finished with an RBI.

Nighthawks senior Jake Pringle (Achusnet, Mass.) looked unstoppable, holding a no-hitter through 4.2 innings, including a string of nine consecutive outs, five of which were strikeouts.

The Bulldogs entered the sixth with a 2-1 deficit and just one hit in the game. The Bulldogs loaded the bases and with two outs, Fish cleared the bases, recording only the second hit for the Bulldogs in the game to give the Bulldogs a 4-2 lead.

Bulldogs sophomore Jose Quiroz (Bell Gardens, Calif.) pitched six innings, allowing two runs on four hits, improving to 1-2. Freshman Gaten Davis (Anchorage, Alaska) pitched a perfect seventh, picking up his first career save.

Pringle takes the loss despite allowing just two hits and striking out eight. Pringle walked a career-high eight batters and falls to 1-4.

The Nighthawks move to 7-11 (2-3 NECC) with the split of today's doubleheader.

Newbury returns to play on Tuesday as they travel to Eastern Nazarene for a 3:30 p.m. game.