WENHAM, Mass. – The Fighting Scots and Nighthawks split a pair of games on Wednesday with both games coming down to the late innings, providing late drama and final inning heroics each way.
Game One: Gordon 3 – Newbury 0
With no score, the bases loaded, and one out in the seventh, Fighting Scots junior Sarah Ryder (Telford, Pa.) singled down the left-field line, scoring two Scots as Gordon College shutout the Newbury Nighthawks 3-0 in the first game of a doubleheader played at Gordon College on Wednesday afternoon.
Ryder batted 2-for-4, including the game-leading hit in the seventh. Sophomore Megan Jenkerson (McDonough, Ga.) finished 3-for-4 with a double. Freshman Caitlin Catalanotto (Kingston, N.H.) went 2-for-3 with a RBI.
Nighthawks sophomore Noelle Sass (Randolph, Mass.) finished 1-for-1, walking twice. Sophomore Alina Milauskas (Elkridge, Md.) finished 1-for-3 with a single and stolen base. Senior Elizabeth Kia (Kea'au, Hawaii), sophomore Alexis Vieira (Pawtucket, R.I.), and senior Naomi Ricciotti (Phoenix, Ariz.) all finished 1-for-3.
Following the two-RBI single by Ryder, Catalanotto singled to score Emily Kline (Park Ridge, N.J.) for a 3-0 lead.
Gordon College knocked on the door multiple times finishing the game with 12 runners left on base, including leaving two runners on in the second, third, and fifth.
The Nighthawks had a golden opportunity to get on the board early, starting the game with runners on first and second and no one out in the first.
A strikeout and back-to-back fly outs ended the Nighthawks charge in the first.
Again in the fourth, the Nighthawks had two on, but a groundout ended the inning and kept the Nighthawks off the board.
Catalanotto pitched a complete game for the Fighting Scots, allowing no runs, on five hits, striking out one. The victory moves her to 4-2 on the season.
Milauskas also pitched a complete game, allowing three runs, two earned, on eight hits. She finished with a season-high six strikeouts, falling to 2-3 with the loss.
Game Two: Newbury 9 – Gordon 8
In the rarest of walk-offs with one out in the seventh, Vieira hit a comebacker to the pitcher, who threw her out at first. With Sass taking off on the throw, she managed to elude the tag at home, scoring the game-winning run in the Nighthawks 9-8 victory over the Fighting Scots in the second game of Wednesday afternoon.
Sass finished 3-for-4, including a double and three runs scored. Freshman Arianna Gooden (Bakersfield, Calif.) batted 2-for-4 with a RBI and two runs scored. Kia and sophomore Tina Babcock (Ayer, Mass.) both finished 2-for-3; Babcock with a pair of RBIs, Kia added one run batted in.
Kline finished 2-for-4 in the second game, including a two-run triple. Senior Katie Dariano (Albany, N.Y.) finished 2-for-3, scoring twice. Jankerson was 1-for-2 with a game-high three RBIs, including a two-run triple, as well.
The Nighthawks trailed 8-6 headed to the seventh and got a spark on a single by Babcock, who eventually advanced to third on a pair of wild pitches.
Milauskas singled, scoring Babcock and cutting the deficit to 8-7. Sass, the next batter, nearly ended the game with a deep drive to right-center, but the ball bounced at the base of the wall. Milauskas just beat the throw home, scoring all the way from first, tying the game 8-8.
Vieira stepped in and produced her second game-winning RBI of the season on the groundout to the pitcher.
Gordon took a pair of three-run leads in the fifth and sixth.
The first of the leads in the Fighting Scots fifth saw runners on the corners with two outs. Kline tripled to the right-field corner, scoring both runners for a 5-2.
The Nighthawks struck back to trail 5-4, but another two-run triple in the sixth by Jankerson put the Fighting Scots ahead three again, 7-4.
Nighthawks freshman Mallory Stefan (Thornton, Colo.) earned the win following a complete game, allowing eight runs, seven earned on 10 hits. Stefan picks up her first career win, moving to 1-6.
Junior Abigail Knowlton (Deer Isle, Maine) picked up a no-decision in 4 1/3 innings. Kline relieved Knowlton in the fifth and moves to 0-5 following the loss.
The doubleheader split moves the Nighthawks to 3-9, while the Fighting Scots find themselves at 4-10.
The Nighthawks begin conference play on Saturday, traveling to Lesley for a doubleheader starting at 12:00 p.m. The Fighting Scots carry on with Curry College in conference play, a doubleheader starting at 3:00 p.m.