NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. - Following a scoreless three innings, the Blazers offense went off for eight runs in the top of the fourth, providing plenty of offense in a 9-4 win over the Newbury Nighthawks on Sunday afternoon on Senior Day in New England Collegiate Conference play.
Nighthawks seniors Jim McGrorry (Oakhurst, N.J.), Matthew Peluso (Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada), Jacob Pringle (Acushnet, Mass.), Matthew Sobray (Santa Clarita, Calif.), and Mitchell Walsh (Westport, Mass.) were all recognized before the game.
Blazers sophomore Kevin Banas (Hatfield, Mass.) batted 2-for-5, including his first home run of the season. Banas also provided seven scoreless innings allowing four hits with four strikeouts. Sophomore Josh Pasini (Enfield, Conn.) batted 3-for-4 including a triple.
Nighthawks sophomore Javi Martinez (Saugus, Mass.) batted 2-for-4. Peluso batted 1-for-4 with a three-run home run, the third of his season. Junior David Center (Medford, Mass.) became the 11th player in program history to reach 100 hits with a ground-rule double in the sixth.
With two runners in scoring position in the fourth, the Blazers took a 2-0 lead on an infield error by the Nighthawks. Following an RBI groundout and double to take a 4-0 lead, Banas stepped in and hit a two-run shot to left field, giving the Blazers a 6-0 lead.
Blazers senior Andy Vasquez (Queens, N.Y.) capped the scoring in the inning with a two-run single, giving the Blazers an 8-0 lead.
Banas was stellar for the Blazers, backing up his no-hitter against Southern Vermont with seven shutout innings.
Trailing 9-0, the Nighthawks got on the board in the eighth starting with an RBI single by Martinez. Peluso then crushed his home run to left-center field, a three-run shot, cutting the deficit to 9-4.
The win for Banas moves him to 2-2 this season. Nighthawks junior Ryan Mullaly (Heights, N.Y.) takes the loss and falls to 1-4.
Elms takes two games from the Nighthawks over the weekend and improve to 11-20. The Nighthawks fall to 12-20.
The Nighthawks return on Tuesday with a 7:00 game at Rivier University.