Cabral, Nighthawks Explode for 18-7 Win vs. Rivier

Cabral, Nighthawks Explode for 18-7 Win vs. Rivier

NORTHBORO, Mass. - Nighthawks junior Brett Cabral (Plymouth, Mass.) finished a triple shy of the cycle, batting 4-for-4 with six RBIs and five runs scored, as the Newbury Nighthawks swept a home-and-home series against the Rivier Raiders with an 18-7 victory on Thursday afternoon at the New England Baseball Complex.

Cabral's 4-for-4 day included a pair of doubles and a two-run home run. His five runs scored matches a program record for runs in a game. Sophomore Chris Paulino (Wilton, Conn.) finished 4-for-6 including a double and three RBIs. Junior Brian Cipolla (Cranston, R.I.) went 3-for-5 and became only the second player in program history to have three doubles in the same game.

Raiders freshman Corey Cochran (Salem, N.H.) batted 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored. Junior Brandon Thibault (Methuen, Mass.) finished 2-for-4 with an RBI. Junior Eric Maxfield (Lowell, Mass.) added a double and RBI. 

The Nighthawks led 6-2 before a four-run fifth inning by the Raiders tied the game at 6-6. From that point, the Nighthawks would go on to outscore Rivier 12-1 over the course of the remaining innings.

Newbury took their lead back in the bottom of the sixth with a two-run single by Paulino, giving the Nighthawks an 8-6 lead. Newbury would add one more in the inning on an RBI groundout by junior Nick Dorazio (Oxford, Conn.) to lead 9-6.

Cochran got a run back in the top of the seventh with a sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to 9-7, but the Nighthawks would respond with five runs in the bottom of the inning.

The rally started with runners on the corners and no out and senior David Center (Medford, Mass.) doubling to right-center to restore the three-run lead. After a walk loaded the bases, Cabral stepped in with one of his two doubles, scoring a pair for a 12-7 lead. Paulino continued the trend of doubles with a shot to right-center, plating two more for a 14-7 lead after seven. 

Newbury posted four more runs in the bottom of the eighth, including Cabral's first career home run, a two-run homer to left-center, en route to the 18-7 win.

Nighthawks sophomore Ryan West (Jupiter, Fla.) grabbed the win, pitching three relief innings, allowing one unearned run on two hits. He improves to 1-1 after picking up his first career win. Maxfield was credited with the loss in two innings of work. Maxfield drops to 0-2 this season.

The Nighthawks combined for a season-high 18 runs and 19 hits. Among the 19 hits, Newbury totaled seven doubles, second-most in a game in program history. 

Newbury has won two straight, moving to 4-12 on the season. The Raiders fall to 5-17 after falling in the back half of the home-and-home.

The Nighthawks return to conference play with a Sunday doubleheader against Becker College with first pitch scheduled for 4:00 p.m. The Raiders also return to conference play, hosting Suffolk University on Saturday for a pair of games. First pitch for Rivier is set for 1:00 p.m.