Nighthawks Surrender Lead, Raiders Walk-Off With 11-10 Win

Photo Credit: Dylan Foran
Photo Credit: Dylan Foran

NASHUA, N.H. - A bases-clearing single by Raiders junior Brett Iannazzo (Methuen, Mass.) completed a five-run bottom of the ninth as the Rivier Raiders walk-off with an 11-10 win over the Newbury Nighthawks on Tuesday night in non-conference play at Holman Stadium.

Iannazzo entered as a pinch-hitter in the ninth, providing the walk-off single for Rivier. Sophomore Brandon Thibault (Methuen, Mass.) batted 4-for-4 including an RBI double. Senior Tyler Ferdinand (Middleboro, Mass.) batted 2-for-4, including a triple and two-RBIs.

Nighthawks freshman Brian Cipolla (Cranston, R.I.) batted 3-for-6 with three RBIs. Senior Jim McGrorry (Oakhurst, N.J.) batted 3-for-5. Freshman Dylan DiFillipo (Peabody, Mass.) went 3-for-4.

Trailing 10-6 to begin the bottom of the ninth, Thibault started the scoring with an RBI single, cutting the deficit to 10-7. Later in the inning with the bases loaded and no outs, Thibault scored on a Nighthawks error to trail 10-8.

After a strikeout, Iannazzo's pinch-hit single down the right-field line cleared the bases and completed the comeback for the Raiders 11-10 win.

The Nighthawks were in control with the help of a seven-run third inning. Leading 2-0, back-to-back-to-back RBI singles by McGrorry, senior Matthew Peluso (Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada), and DiFillipo gave the Nighthawks a 5-0 lead.

Later in the inning and leading 6-0, Cipolla's two-run single put Newbury ahead 8-0. A sacrifice fly by junior David Center (Medford, Mass.) ended the scoring in the inning, putting the Nighthawks ahead 9-0.

McGrorry came in for relief in the ninth to save the game but takes the loss, falling to 5-5. Raiders senior Ty Seaton (Pawtucket, R.I.) gets the win in relief and improves to 1-0.

The win moves the Raiders to 6-22 while the Nighthawks fall to 12-21.

The Nighthawks have a pair of conference games remaining on their schedule starting with a Thursday game at Dean College at 3:30 p.m., followed by a Friday game against Southern Vermont College at 1:00 p.m.