Nighthawks Drop Pair on Tuesday vs. Salem State, Brockport

Photo Credit: Dyaln Foran
Photo Credit: Dyaln Foran

GAME ONE: Salem State 9 - Newbury 0 (F/5)

NAPLES, Fla. - Vikings senior Meghan Black (Winchendon, Mass.) threw a one-hit shutout while the Vikings offense exploded with an eight-run third inning, as the Salem State Vikings shutout the Newbury Nighthawks, 9-0 in five innings on Tuesday Morning from Collier Park.

Vikings senior April Adams (Burlington, Mass.) finished a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, scoring three times. Senior Marisa Sanchez (Framingham, Mass.) finished 1-for-2 with a pair of RBIs. The Vikings offense recorded nine hits, none went for extra bases.

Nighthawks sophomore Arianna Gooden (Bakersfield, Calif.) recorded the only Nighthawks hit, a first-inning single.

Adams and Sanchez started the big third inning, reaching on a single and error, respectively. Two batters later, with the bases loaded and no outs, Junior Chloe Manousos (Lowell, Mass.) singled to score Adams while Sanchez came around to score on a Nighthawks error, giving the Vikings a 3-0 lead.

Later in the inning, with the bases again loaded and two outs, Sanchez singled to center, scoring a pair to give the Vikings an 8-0 lead. A wild pitch that scored Adams would cap the eight-run inning for Salem State.

Black gets the win and improves to 2-1 on the season. Nighthawks junior Alina Milauskas (Elkridge, Md.) takes credit for the loss, falling to 0-1.


GAME TWO: Brockport 11 - Newbury 5

NAPLES, Fla. - Golden Eagles sophomore Alison Missavage (Maine-Endwell, N.Y.) batted 4-for-4 with three RBIs, leading the Brockport Golden Eagles to an 11-5 victory over the Newbury Nighthawks on Tuesday afternoon from Collier Park.

Golden Eagles sophomore Jessica Koneski (Fairport, N.Y.) batted 3-for-5 with a career-high five RBIs. Sophomores Alexis Ross (Hamburg, N.Y.) and Meghan Cullen (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) both finished 2-for-4, Ross added four runs.

Nighthawks sophomore Mallory Stefan (Thornton, Colo.) batted 3-for-4 with a run scored. Junior Alexis Vieira (Pawtucket, R.I.) finished 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs. Junior Noelle Sass (Randolph, Mass.) also finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored.

Leading 1-0 heading to the bottom of the second, the Golden Eagles stepped on the gas with a five-run inning. Senior Karleigh Eaton (Endicott, N.Y.) started the scoring with an RBI double to give Brockport a 2-0 lead. Eaton later scored on a single by freshman Kacie Hubbard (Cortland, N.Y.).

A series of singles gave Brockport a 5-0 lead and Missavage capped the big inning with an RBI double, giving the Golden Eagles a 6-0 lead.

The Nighthawks bounced back in the fourth, beginning the inning with three straight singles. Sophomore Arianna Gooden (Bakersfield, Calif.) scored on a wild pitch and an RBI single by freshman Elizabeth Duanys (Worcester, Mass.) cut the Newbury deficit to 6-2.

In the fifth, the Nighthawks cut the deficit to one with a two-out rally. Three straight, two-out, singles loaded the bases. A hit batter cut the Brockport lead to 6-3 and Vieira singled to right, scoring a pair to trail 6-5.

However, in the bottom of the inning, the Golden Eagles added important insurance runs on a two-run single by Koneski that reestablished a three-run Brockport lead, 8-5.

The Golden Eagles added three more runs in the sixth on a two-out rally. Koneski added another two RBIs, this time with a double to left. She later scored on a Missavage single to give Brockport an 11-5 lead.

Brockport freshman Leah Graham (Buffalo, N.Y.) gets the win after four innings allowing two runs on six hits. She improves to 2-0. Stefan takes the loss, falling to 1-2 this season. 

The pair of losses drops the Nighthawks to 1-3 this season. Newbury has Wednesday off and returns to play on Thursday with a 1:00 p.m. game vs. Knox and a 3:00 p.m. game against Swarthmore.