Nighthawks Drop Pair in Non-Conference Play vs. Lions

Photo Credit: Dylan Foran
Photo Credit: Dylan Foran

GAME ONE: Eastern Nazarene 14 - Newbury 0 (F/5)

BROOKLINE, Mass. - Lions sophomore Elisabeth Schaffer (Benton, Pa.) threw a one-hit gem, striking out 12 batters, while the Lions offense scored 14 runs in a 14-0 victory over the Newbury Nighthawks in game one of a doubleheader from Hellenic College in non-conference play Monday.

Lions juniors Lauren Wiedler (Lansdale, Pa.) and Lauren Clements (Garrison, Texas) and freshman Dominique Santos (Lancaster, Calif.) all had a home run in the win. Weidler hit a two-run home run in the first, Clements a two-run homer in the third, and Santos a solo shot in the third.

Nighthawks junior Alexis Vieira (Pawtucket, R.I.) drew the only hit, a leadoff double in the fifth inning.

Wiedler gave the Lions a 2-0 lead with a one out home run to center field, the sixth of her season. Later in the inning, the Lions would take a 6-0 lead with the help of back-to-back doubles from junior Rebecca Ashman (Havre de Grace, Md.) and Schaffer.

Clements and Santos' home runs in the third would put the Lions up 10-0. Clements home run is her eighth this season, Santos home run is her third.

A pair of RBI doubles in the fourth gave the Lions a 12-0 lead. Junior Meghan Stanley (Bedford, Mass.) made it 14-0 on a two-run single in the fifth.

Schaffer moves to 15-4 with the win. Nighthawks sophomore Mallory Stefan (Thornton, Colo.) falls to 6-13 in the loss.

 

GAME TWO: Eastern Nazarene 13 - Newbury 9

BROOKLINE, Mass. - On the verge of having their five-game winning streak against non-conference opponents snapped, the Eastern Nazarene Lions erupted for 10 runs in the top of the fifth inning and held off the Newbury Nighthawks in a 13-9 win, sweeping the Monday doubleheader.

Nighthawks junior Rebecca Ashman (Havre de Grace, Md.) finished 2-for-4 including a grand slam in the fifth. Freshman Dominique Santos (Lancaster, Calif.) batted 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Senior Heidi Gomez (Floral Park, N.Y.) batted 3-for-5, all singles with two RBIs.

Nighthawks junior Noelle Sass (Randolph, Mass.) batted 3-for-4 including a triple, two home runs, and three RBIs. Sophomore Arianna Gooden (Bakersfield, Calif.) went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Sophomore Averi Johnson (Oregon City, Ore.) finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Freshman Hannah Besaw (Shrewsbury, Mass.) finished with a home run, her third in the last three games.

The 10-run fifth inning started with four straight singles, cutting the Lions deficit to 7-1. Ashman stepped in and put the Lions right back in the game with a grand slam to right field, her first home run of the season, putting the Lions down 7-5.

Later in the inning, still with no outs, a two-run single by Gomez tied the game 7-7. Two batters later, Eastern Nazarene took their first lead of the game, 8-7, on an RBI single by Viviana Coix (Warrenville, Ill.). After Coix stole second, another RBI single by Santos would finish the scoring in the inning for the Lions, who now held a 10-7 lead.

Sass' sixth inning home run and Besaw's seventh inning solo home run were not enough to get the Nighthawks back in front in the 13-9 loss.

The Nighthawks held a 2-0 lead after one on back-to-back singles by junior Alexis Vieira (Pawtucket, R.I.) and Johnson.

In the third, Sass homered to give the Nighthawks a 4-0 lead. Johnson added another on an RBI double for a 5-0 lead.

Sass' two home runs and triple gave her the program record for total bases in a game and also secured the program record for total bases in a career.

Lions junior Meghan Stanley (Bedford, Mass.) got the win in relief, improving to 1-0 this season. Besaw takes the loss in her relief appearances, falling to 4-1.

The pair of wins moves the Lions to 26-10, while the two losses drop the Nighthawks to 11-17.

Newbury returns tomorrow with a conference doubleheader against Lesley starting at 3:00 p.m. from Hellenic College. The Lions wrap up their regular season on Wednesday with a doubleheader at Elms.