Nighthawks Drop Pair of Matinees in Arizona

Photo Credit: Dylan Foran
Photo Credit: Dylan Foran

TUCSON, Ariz. - A comeback falls just short in another one-run loss to Hiram College in the first game for the Nighthawks, while a big first inning by the Mt. Marty Lancers gave them plenty of offense to lift them over the Nighthawks in the second game for Newbury.

Game One: Hiram 11 - Newbury 10

Terriers freshman Nikki Budner (Massillon, Ohio) finished with an RBI double in the the fourth and a solo home run in the sixth for Hiram College as the Terriers did just enough to hang on to an 11-10 victory over the Newbury Nighthawks on Thursday afternoon in the opening game of the day for the Nighthawks.

Budner batted 3-for-5, with two RBIs, including the solo homerun that started a three-run sixth inning for the Terriers. Sophomore Kourtney Holcomb (Garrettsville, Ohio) batted 4-for-5 with a first-inning triple, later scored. Freshman Shalynn Call (Caledonia, Ohio) batted 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

Nighthawks sophomore Alina Milauskas (Elkridge, Md.) finished the afternoon 4-for-4, with three singles, a triple, and two runs scored. Sophomore Alexis Vieira (Pawtucket, R.I.) batted 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs, while freshmen Mallory Stefan (Thornton, Colo.) finished 3-for-4 and Arianna Gooden (Bakersfield, Calif.)

With the Terriers leading 11-5 heading to the bottom of the seventh, the Nighthawks fell a run short of completing the comeback to force extra innings.

The Nighthawks seventh started with a one-out double by senior Naomi Ricciotti (Phoenix, Ariz.), the next batter, Vieira, reached after being hit by a pitch, givin the Nighthawks two on with one out.

Senior Elizabeth Kia (Kea'au, Hawaii) singled to scored Ricciotti, Vieira was thrown out between second an third base. Nighthawks trailed 11-6 with two out.

Three straight singles scored scored Kia and would load the bases, trailing 11-7. A Milauskas walk and Gooden single plated three Nighthawks, who now trailed 11-10 with runners on the corners.

A flyout to right field ended the game with the Nighthawks scoring five in the seventh and leaving two on base. 

The Terriers were on the board in the first inning after a two-out rally started with the Holcomb triple. A Nighthawks error scored Holcomb and a Call double later in the inning would put the Terriers up 2-0 after the top of the first.

The Nighthawks responded in the bottom of the second with an RBI groundout scoring Vieira from third, putting the Nighthawks down 2-1 after two.

Holcomb started the third inning with a single and scored later in the inning on a triple by Alexus Acton (West Manchester, Ohio). Acton scored on a Call single, putting the Terriers up 4-1.

Trailing 6-2 heading to the bottom of the fifth, the Nighthawks offense came alive. Milauskas started with a lead-off single and moved to third on a double by Gooden. 

Milauskas scored on the next play on an error by the Terriers catcher, resulting in runners on the corners for the Nighthawks with still no outs, trailing 6-3.

Vieira singled with one out in the fifth to bring in Gooden and Noelle Sass (Randolph, Mass.), putting the Nighthawks behind 6-5 after the fifth.

Milaukas pitched four innings, allowing six runs, four earned on nine hits, striking out three. Call gets credit for the win pitching 4 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on nine hits. Senior Brittany Zajac (Corry, Pa.) came in for the save, recording the final out for the Terriers.


Game Two: Mt. Marty 13 - Newbury 3  (F/5)

The Mt. Marty Lancers jumped out to a big lead following a seven-run first inning, including four seperate RBI singles, which scored five runs, lifting the Lancers over the Newbury Nighthawks 13-3 on Thursday afternoon at the Tucson Invitational. 

Lancers senior Karlee Kozak (Tyndall, S.D.) finished 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles, two RBIs, and three runs scored. Junior Jennifer Mitera (Omaha, Neb.) batted 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs. Three other Lancers finished with two RBIs on the afternoon, including a 3-for-4 day by sophomore Melissa Richert (Gresham, Neb.).

Senior Lindsey Clark (Venice, Fla.) batted 2-for-2 with an RBI double in the second. Vieira and sophomore Tina Babcock (Ayer, Mass.) each finished with a single for the Nighthawks. Gooden batted 2-for-3 with a pair of singles and a run scored.

The first inning Lancers rally started with a runner on third and one out. A Lancers single would put them ahead 1-0. Mitera hit one of her two doubles on the afternoon, giving the Lnacers runners on second and third.

Kozak singled to bring in the runner from third, putting runners on the corners. Kozak proceeded to steal second, allowing Mitera to score on a double steal; Lancers up 3-0.

Another single moved Kozak to third and she scored on a groundout to short. A Richert two-RBI single a few at-bats later would bump the Lancers lead to 6-0 and a bases loaded single by Amanda McCafferty (Parkdale, Ore.) would put the Lancers up 7-0.

The Clark double in the second would cut the deficit to 8-1, but the inning ended with a groundout before the Nighthawks could apply more pressure.

The Nighthawks added two more runs in the fifth due in part to a pair of Lancer errors. Clark scored from second to cut into the lead for the first run, Gooden also scored from second on an error by the Lancer shortstop.

The Nighthawks finish up their time in Arizona with a doubleheader on Friday, facing Bethany Lutheran College at 11:00 a.m., followed by Dordt College at 1:00 p.m.; all times are EST.