Nighthawks Wrap Up Florida Trip with Pair of Friday Wins

Photo Credit: Dylan Foran
Photo Credit: Dylan Foran

GAME ONE: Newbury 21 - Southern Vermont 4 (F/5)

NAPLES, Fla. - The Nighthawks offense was unstoppable, scoring 11 runs in the bottom of the first and eight in the fourth in a 21-4 victory over the Southern Vermont Mountaineers in non-conference play at North Collier Regional Park.

Nighthawks sophomore Arianna Gooden (Bakersfield, Calif.) batted 3-for-5 including a career-high five RBIs. Junior Alexis Vieira (Pawtucket, R.I.) batted 2-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored. Junior Noelle Sass (Randolph, Mass.) batted 2-for-3 with four runs scored.

Mountaineers senior Julia Florence (Salem, Mass.) finished 2-for-2 with a run scored. Senior Shea Wilson batted 1-for-3 with a two-run double in the fourth. 

The Nighthawks loaded the bases with the first three batters of the first inning. Back-to-back singles by Gooden and Vieira put the Nighthawks ahead 2-0.

Freshman Averi Johnson (Oregon City, Ore.) reached on a hit batter and RBI groundout gave the Nighthawks a 4-0 lead. With the bases loaded, senior Samantha Libby (New Gloucester, Maine) delivered a two-run single to left field and with the addition of an error, the Nighthawks cleared the bases, giving them a 7-0 lead.

Junior Alina Milauskas (Elkridge, Md.) doubled to score Libby. Milauskas would come around to score on an error by the Mountaineers, as the Nighthawks led 9-0. Gooden returned to bat with two in scoring position and delivered a single to left, scoring a pair to cap the 11-0 lead for the Nighthawks.

The Nighthawks added two more runs in the bottom of the third on a two-out rally to lead 13-0.

The Mountaineers fought back with four in the fourth including an RBI single by sophomore Erin Girard (Savoy, Mass.) and Wilson's two-run double to right-center.

The Nighthawks added eight runs in the bottom of the fourth, including two-run singles by Gooden and Vieira. Freshman Hannah Besaw (Shrewsbury, Mass.) sophomore Mallory Stefan (Thornton, Colo.) and junior Tina Babcock (Ayer, Mass.) added more runs with separate RBI singles. 

Besaw gets the win for the Nighthawks, the first of her career, pitching three innings while allowing four runs on six hits. Besaw improves to 1-0 this spring.

Girard takes the loss for the Mountaineers, falling to 0-4 this season.


GAME TWO: Newbury 7 - Curry 4

NAPLES, Fla. - Nighthawks sophomore Mallory Stefan (Thornton, Colo.) pitched a complete game while batting 3-for-4 at the plate as the Newbury Nighthawks defeated the Curry College Colonels 7-4 on Friday afternoon at North Collier Regional Park, wrapping up action in Florida for Newbury.

Nighthawks freshman Arianna Gooden (Bakersfield, Calif.) finished 2-for-4 including four RBIs and a double. Sophomore Averi Johnson (Oregon City, Ore.) also finished 2-for-4 at the plate with a pair of doubles.

Colonels senior Jessica Saluti (Braintree, Mass.) batted 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs. Senior Kevi Oatway (East Hartford, Conn.) finished 2-for-3 on the day.

The Nighthawks were out in front early on a two-run double by Gooden, giving the Nighthawks a 2-0 lead after one inning.

Now leading 3-0, Gooden caused further damage in the fifth, this time with a two-run single, giving the Nighthawks a 5-0 lead.

In the sixth, back-to-back singles by senior Samantha Libby (New Gloucester, Maine) and junior Alina Milauskas (Elkridge, Md.) put two more runs on the board, giving the Nighthawks a 7-0 lead.

Curry came back strong in the bottom of the sixth, starting with Oatway single to left, followed by a two-run double by Saluti, cutting the deficit to 7-3.

The Colonels threatened the comeback in the seventh, cutting the deficit to 7-4 on a Nighthawks error. With the tying run at the plate, a groundout ended the Curry threat as the Nighthawks held on to the 7-4 win.

Stefan picks up the win for the Nighthawks, allowing four runs, none earned, on six hits. Stefan improves to 2-3 this season.

Colonels senior Rebecca Black (East Greenwich, R.I.) takes the loss, pitching six innings while allowing seven runs on 12 hits. Black falls to 0-5 this season.

The Nighthawks finish their time in Florida and return home at 3-5. Newbury continues their season on Tuesday, March 20 as they travel to Wentworth for a doubleheader starting at 3:30 p.m.