NORTHBORO, Mass. - The Lasell College Lasers have their season off to a 2-0 start with their Sunday afternoon, two-game sweep of the Newbury Nighthawks at the New England Baseball Complex. Lasell used a pair of three-run innings to separate themselves in the opening game and used a big eight-run inning in the second game to sweep the doubleheader.
Game One: Lasell 9 - Newbury 2
A three-run fourth inning followed by a three-spot in the fifth would give the Lasell Lasers plenty of breathing room in their first win of the season, a 9-2 victory over the Newbury Nighthawks.
Lasers senior Brett Sherron (Howard Beach, N.Y.) batted 2-for-2 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Senior Rob Cutone (Tewksbury, Mass.) and sophomore Harrison Silva (Lowell, Mass.) both finished 2-for-4 in the first game.
After a scoreless three innings, the Lasers got the scoring started on a Cutone base hit to left. An error on the play would score a pair for the Lasers, who took a 2-0 lead. Back-to-back flyouts moved Cutone from second-to-third and then third-to-home, giving Lasell a 3-0 lead.
The Lasers put up three more runs in the fifth thanks to a two-RBI double to right-center field by Sherron, followed by a ground-rule double by Cutone, giving them a 6-0 lead.
A single and sacrifice fly in the sixth would make it 8-0 Lasers, but the Nighthawks broke up the shutout in the bottom of the inning with an RBI groundout by sophomore Ronald Zabala (Peabody, Mass.), followed by an RBI single by junior Dante Serino (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) to make the score 8-2 Lasell.
The Lasers added one more in the last inning with a single by Silva to lead 9-2.
Lasers junior Zach Handzel (Palmer, Mass.) pitched five shutout innings, earning the win and moving to 1-0. Nighthawks senior Mark Travers (Norwood, Mass.) was credited with the loss, falling to 0-1 this season.
Game Two: Lasell 11 - Newbury 1
The third inning offensive outburst was all Lasell College would need, scoring eight runs in the top of the inning on their way to an 11-1 win over the Newbury Nighthawks, to complete the two-game sweep.
Lasers sophomore Harrison Silva finished 1-for-3 but provided the first home run of the season for Lasell. Sophomore Wyatt Sihvonen (Lebanon, Conn.) batted 3-for-4. Four other Lasell players finished with two hits, including senior Evan Michalek (Berlin, Conn.), who finished with three RBIs and senior Brett Sharron, who had a pair of doubles.
The Lasers led 1-0 heading to the top of the third when a two-RBI single by Michalek increased the lead to 3-0. Silva stepped in next and made it 5-0 with a two-run home run to left field that bounced off the top of the fence and over for his first of the season.
A series of walks and singles would follow, including a two-RBI single by sophomore Sean Doris (Lincoln, R.I.) that gave Lasell an 8-0 lead. Michalek would add the final RBI of the inning on a single, capping off the eight-run third for a 9-0 lead.
The Lasers added two in the fourth to lead 11-0 but the Nighthawks would again spoil the shutout, using a sacrifice fly by Paulino that scored Presby.
Lasers senior David Marsell (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) was credited with the win to move to 1-0. Nighthawks junior Dante Serino falls to 0-1 with the loss.
The sweep moves the Lasers to 2-0 while the Nighthawks drop to 0-4 on the season.
Newbury is back in action on Tuesday with a home game against Fitchburg State at 3:00 p.m. at the New England Baseball Complex. The Lasers are off to Florida for Spring Break and begin play from Fort Myers on Sunday, March 10 against Wisconsin Lutheran at 12:00 p.m.