WALTHAM, Mass. - With the Lasers trailing 8-3 entering the bottom of the eighth, Lasell junior Brett Sherron (Howard Beach, N.Y.) singled in the eventual game-winning, capping off a six-run eighth inning as the Lasell Lasers came back to defeat the Newbury Nighthawks 9-8 on Thursday evening at Stein Diamond.
Sherron batted 2-for-3 in the game including a double. Junior Rob Cutone (Tewksbury, Mass.) and freshman Sean Doris (Lincoln, R.I.) finished 2-for-4, Cutone scored twice.
Nighthawks junior David Center (Medford, Mass.) batted 2-for-4, including a grand slam in the third. It is the first grand slam by a Nighthawk since April 5, 2010, eight years to the day when Alex Chetelat hit a grand slam against Rivier University in a 16-5 win. Junior Radinsky Baez (Roxbury, Mass.) and freshman Brian Cipolla (Cranston, R.I.) also finished 2-for-4.
The Lasers began the eighth with two runners aboard and no outs. A Doris single and Nighthawks error cut the deficit to 8-5. Doris later scored on a sacrifice fly to make it 8-6.
Now down one 8-7 and with two on and two out in the eighth, an RBI single by senior Dom Mascolo (Waterbury, Conn.) tied the game at 8-8. Sherron stepped in and provided the game-leading hit to give the Lasers the 9-8 lead, completing the comeback.
The Nighthawks initially jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the third, starting with an RBI single by Baez to give Newbury a 1-0 lead. After back-to-back singles loaded the bases, Center's grand slam gave the Nighthawks a 5-0 lead. An RBI single by senior Mitchell Walsh (Westport, Mass.) capped off the six-run inning for the Nighthawks.
Baez and Cipolla had RBI singles in the sixth and seventh, respectively, giving the Nighthawks an 8-3 lead at the time.
Lasers sophomore Mike Tacinelli (Seymour, Conn.) gets the win to improve to 1-0. Nighthawks freshman Ronney O'Connor (Newton, Mass.) takes the loss, falling to 0-2. Lasers junior David Marsell (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) picked up his first save of the season.
The Lasers get their first win of the season, moving to 1-9, while the Nighthawks fall to 7-15.
The Nighthawks start a three-game series this weekend against Lesley University starting on Saturday at the New England Baseball Complex at 3:30 p.m.