High-Powered Offenses Take Two From Nighthawks on Tuesday

Photo Credit: Dylan Foran
Photo Credit: Dylan Foran

TUCSON, Ariz. - A better day offensively for the Nighthawks still wasn't enough to derail the offensive numbers put up by William Penn and Dakota Wesleyan as the Nighthawks drop a pair of games in desert on day two of Spring Training at the 2017 Tucson Invitational.

Game One: William Penn 6 - Newbury 3

A series of RBI singles by the William Penn Statesmen in the bottom of the third would lead to a four-run outburst, aiding in the 6-3 victory over the Newbury Nighthawks at the Tucson Invitational on Tuesday afternoon.

Junior Emily Brown (Waverly, Iowa) batted 2-for-2, as did junior Taylor Vernon (Tracy, Calif.). Junior Jenny Navarro (Bellflower, Calif.) finished 2-for-3. The trio combined for all five RBIs credited to the Statesmen.

Nighthawks sophomore Alina Milauskas (Elkridge, Md.) batted 4-for-4 on the afternoon, including a pair of doubles. Sophomore Alexis Vieira (Pawtucket, R.I.) also doubled, finishing 1-for-3. 

The Nighthawks led 2-1 headed to the bottom of the third. Statesmen freshman Michelle Castro (Acampo, Calif.) got the inning started with a lead-off double and advanced to third on a groundout in the next at-bat.

Junior Chyanne Koko (Waianae, Hawaii) would give the Statesmen runners on the corners after she reached via hit by pitch. The next batter, Brown singled, scoring Castro and tying the game at two.

Still with one out, Vernon singled, knocking in Koko to take the lead, 3-2. But on the play, the Nighthawks right fielder made an error, which allowed Brown to score from first, as Vernon advanced to third on the play.

One final single in the inning would knock in Vernon, giving the Statesmen a 5-2 lead after three innings.

Still trailing 5-2, the Nighthawks threatened in the sixth with the bases loaded and one out in the inning. Nighthawks senior Elizabeth Kia (Kea'au, Hawaii) knocked in Milauskas on a fielder's choice, cutting the deficit to 5-3.

The next batter, freshman Rebecca Foland (Clifton Park, N.Y.) struck out to end the inning, leaving two Nighthawks on base. 

The Statesmen bumped their lead back to three in the bottom of the fifth on another RBI single, this time by Navarro.

Nighthawks freshman Mallory Stefan (Thronton, Colo.) pitched a complete game, allowing three earned runs on eight hits, walking two. Statesmen freshman Brittany Ensley (Harrisburg, Ore.) improves to 5-1 with the win, allowing two earned on eight hits, striking out a pair.

The Nighthawks seek their second win of the season later this evening against Dakota Wesleyan, first pitch set for 5:30 p.m. EST.


Game Two: Dakota Wesleyan 14 - Newbury 6   F/5

A trio of innings by Dakota Wesleyan where they put up at least four runs provided their biggest offensive output of the season as the Tigers took down the Newury Nighthawks 14-6 in five innings in Arizona, the Tigers third victory of the afternoon.

All but one Dakota Wesleyan starter finished with a hit, led by sophomore Claudia Nixon (Shaunavon, SAK, CAN), who finished 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs. Freshman Alyssa Garcia (L.A. Verne, Calif.) finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Senior Elise Sutherland (Stansbury, Utah) finished 2-for-4 with three runs scored.

Milauskas finished 2-for-3 on the afternoon with a pair of singles. Vieira batted 1-for-3 with an RBI double in the third. Kia knocked in a team-high two runs on the afternoon.

The offense was working early for the Tigers as they jumped out to a 5-0 lead after one inning, thanks to a two-out rally that included three singles, a double, and three steals.

The Nighthawks found their way back in the game in the top of the third, putting up their own five-run outburst to tie the game at five.

The Nighthawks third inning included an RBI double by Vieira, an RBI single by Stefan and two errors. The Nighthawks loaded the bases with two out in the inning, but a groundout to short would leave three Nighthawks on base.

The Tigers reassumed control of the game in the bottom half of the inning starting with the Tigers loading the bases with one out.

Back-to-back walks would plate two Dakota Wesleyan players, who took the lead 7-5. A single by sophomore Amber Budmark (Sacramento, Calif.) scored two, contributing to the four-run inning, giving the Tigers a 9-5 lead.

The Nighthawks threatened again in the fourth, putting runners on the corners with no outs. However, a groundout would produce the only run in the inning for the Nighthawks, who now trailed 9-6.

The Tigers put the game away with another five-run inning, thanks in part to a string of three consecutive doubles in the bottom of the fourth. Sutherland started the double's train early in the inning, giving the Tigers runners on second and third.

Garcia was next to double, scoring the runners. The next batter, Nixon, doubled, scoring Garcia from second. Two RBI singles would finish off the scoring in the inning for the Tigers, who took a 14-6 lead.

Tigers sophomore Sierra Haage (Sioux Falls, S.D.) pitched 2 1/3, getting credit for the win, allowing one run on two hits. Milauskas was on the mound for the Nighthawks, taking the loss to fall to 1-1.

The Nighthawks have Wednesday off and return to action in the desert on Thursday afternoon against Hiram College; first pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. EST.