NASHUA, N.H. - A pair of sixth-inning sacrifice flies for the Nighthawks offense would give them just enough breathing room as they held off a ninth-inning surge by the Raiders as Newbury took home a 3-2 non-conference win over Rivier University on Tuesday afternoon in non-conference play.
Nighthawks junior Brett Cabral (Plymouth, Mass.) finished 2-for-3 with an RBI. Sophomore Ronald Zabala (Peabody, Mass.) went 2-for-4 on the afternoon while junior Dante Serino (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) batted 2-for-5. Sophomore Chris Paulino (Wilton, Conn.) went hitless but provided the eventual game-winning RBI.
Raiders junior Brandon Thibault (Methuen, Mass.) batted 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles. Junior Eric Maxfield (Lowell, Mass.) went 2-for-4 including a double.
With the game tied at 1-1, the Nighthawks sixth began with back-to-back singles by Serino and sophomore Dylan Presby (China, Maine).
With both runners advancing to scoring position, the first of the inning's sacrifice flies came from Cabral. His fly to right field scored Serino and moved Presby to third. Paulino stepped in and flew out to left but deep enough to plate Presby, giving the Nighthawks a 3-1 lead.
The Raiders would pull within one in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI single by senior Jorge Martinez (Methuen, Mass.), cutting the deficit to 3-2.
Nighthawks senior pitcher Mark Travers (Norwood, Mass.) would enter in the ninth, inheriting runners on first and second with one out. After a flyout advanced the runners to second and third, Travers walked the next man to load the bases with two outs.
Raiders senior Brett Iannazzo (Methuen, Mass.) stepped in but flew out to center field, ending the game in favor of the Nighthawks, 3-2.
Nighthawks freshman Joe Persechino (Torrington, Conn.) went six innings, allowing one unearned run on five hits and striking out three. The win moves him to 2-2. Travers gets credit for the save, his second of the season. Sophomore Daniel White (Augusta, Maine) pitched 5.2 innings, falling to 0-3 with the loss.
The Nighthawks sit at 3-12 following the victory while the Raiders drop to 5-16.
The two sides meet again on the back half of a home-and-home series as the Raiders travel to Newbury and the New England Baseball Complex on Thursday for a 3:00 p.m. game.