Nighthawks Defeated on Thursday by Knox, Swarthmore

Photo Credit: Dylan Foran
Photo Credit: Dylan Foran

GAME ONE: Knox 10 - Newbury 3

FORT MYERS, Fla. - A four-run third inning combined with a five-run sixth inning provided plenty of offense as the Knox Prairie Fire defeated the Newbury Nighthawks 10-3 on Thursday afternoon at CenturyLink Complex.

Prairie Fire senior Valerie Froeming (Alturas, Calif.) and freshman Casey Hipp (Crown Point, Ind.) both batted 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. Sophomore Katy Coseglia (Willowbrook, Ill.) also finished 2-for-4 with an RBI single in the sixth.

Nighthawks juniors Noelle Sass (Randolph, Mass.) and Alina Milauskas (Elkridge, Md.) both batted 1-for-2 with an RBI. Sass hit her first home run of the season, a solo shot in the second.

Tied 1-1 heading for the bottom of the third, Knox College started their four-run inning with an RBI single by Hipp to take a 2-1 lead. Later in the inning, with two outs, a Nighthawks error allowed Hipp to score for a 3-1 game. 

Two batters later and with the bases loaded, freshman Payton Shaw (Colo, Iowa) hit a two-run single to extend the lead to 5-1.

The Nighthawks got two back in the top of the fourth. With two on and one out, Milauskas doubled to cut the deficit to 5-2. Senior Samantha Libby (New Gloucester, Maine) followed that double with a sacrifice fly to center. Nighthawks trailed 5-3 after four.

Prairie Fire added plenty of insurance in the sixth, loading the bases with no outs. A series of three singles and a sacrifice fly added five-runs in the Knox sixth, extending the lead to 10-3.

Knox freshman Tegan Doherty (Newtown, Conn.) gets the win, pitching a complete game, allowing three runs on five hits and improving to 3-2.

Milauskas gets the loss for the Nighthawks, going six innings, allowing 10 runs on 10 hits while falling to 0-2 this season. 


GAME TWO: Swarthmore 12 - Newbury 0 (F/5)

FORT MYERS, Fla. -  The Swarthmore College Garnets blew up in the bottom of the third, tacking 10 runs on the board, on the way to a 12-0 victory over the Newbury Nighthawks on Thursday afternoon at CenturyLink Complex.

Garnet sophomore Emilie Morse (Ridgewood, N.J.) and freshman Mika Maenaga (Los Altos, Calif.) both batted 2-for-2 with a pair of RBIs each. Junior Marit Vike (Malvern, Pa.) went 3-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored. 

Nighthawks senior Samantha Libby (New Gloucester, Maine) was the only one to draw hits off Swarthmore pitching, batting 2-for-2 with a double. 

Leading 2-0 heading into the bottom of the third, Swarthmore started the inning with a single by Vike. She scored two batters later on a Nighthawks error to give the Garnet a 3-0 lead.

Following a walk to Morse, another single gave Swarthmore a 4-0 lead. Sophomore Gabriella Natoli (Fairfield, Conn.) followed that with a two-run triple, giving the Garnet a 6-0 lead.

After a pop out, the Garnet recorded seven consecutive singles, all with two outs, pushing across six more runs to lead 12-0 after three innings. Five of those seven singles resulted in an RBI for Swarthmore. 

Garnet freshman Lucy Decker (Walnut Creek, Calif.) pitched all five innings, shutting out the Nighthawks and allowing two hits. She improves to 2-1 on the season.

Nighthawks sophomore Mallory Stefan (Thornton, Colo.) pitched four innings, allowing the 12 runs on 13 hits, falling to 1-3 this season.

The Nighthawks dropped to 1-5 this season following the pair of losses. Newbury wraps up their Florida trip with a Friday doubleheader starting with Southern Vermont at 9:00 a.m. and Curry College at 11:00 a.m.