GAME ONE: Newbury 9 -Southern Vt. 0 (F/5)
BROOKLINE, Mass. - The Nighthawks offense produced 15 hits in five innings with every starter getting at least one hit as the Newbury Nighthawks defeated the Southern Vermont Mountaineers 9-0 in game one of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon in New England Collegiate Conference play.
During the doubleheader, the Nighthawks honored senior Samantha Libby (New Gloucester, Maine) and junior Tina Babcock (Ayer, Mass.), who played in the final regular season doubleheader of their careers.
Nighthawks junior Noelle Sass (Randolph, Mass.) went 2-for-2 with a home run and three RBIs. Libby batted 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. Sophomore Arianna Gooden (Bakersfield, Calif.) batted 2-for-3 and became the eighth Nighthawk in program history to reach 100 career hits, needing just 69 games to reach the mark, fastest in program history.
Mountaineers senior Nicole Matthews (Pittstown, N.Y.), and sophomore Brooke Gates (Pittsfield, Mass.) and Erin Girard (Savoy, Mass.) all batted 1-for-2.
The Nighthawks took a 5-0 lead after one following an inning that including three RBI singles and an RBI double.
Newbury added four more in the third including a Libby RBI single to give the Nighthawks a 6-0 lead, followed by Sass' three-run home run, the seventh of her season, giving the Nighthawks a 9-0 lead.
Meanwhile, on the mound, Libby was dealing, making her first start since 2015, going the distance and striking out seven. Libby moves to 1-0 on the season.
GAME TWO: Newbury 7 - Southern Vt. 1
BROOKLINE, Mass. - Nighthawks junior Noelle Sass (Randolph, Mass.) went 2-for-3 and added three runs scored as the Nighthawks completed the sweep with a 7-1 win over the Southern Vermont Mountaineers on Saturday afternoon at Hellenic Softball Diamond.
Mountaineers senior Shea Wilson (Mesa, Ariz.) batted 3-for-4 with an RBI. Freshman Emma Griffith (Halifax, Vt.) was 2-for-3.
The Nighthawks grabbed a 3-0 lead after four innings with the help of a Mountaineers error in the first, a Vieira RBI groundout in the third, and an RBI groundout by junior Alina Milauskas (Elkridge, Md.) in the fourth.
The Nighthawks added two more in the fifth with the help of another Mountaineers error and an RBI single by freshman Elizabeth Duanys (Worcester, Mass.).
Two more in the sixth for the Nighthawks, who took a 7-0 lead with a sacrifice fly by Vieira and an RBI double by Sass.
The Mountaineers broke through in the seventh with Wilson's RBI single to trail 7-1.
Nighthawks sophomore Mallory Stefan (Thornton, Colo.) gets the win and improves to 8-12.
The two wins move the Nighthawks to 14-17 (9-4 NECC) and the will resume a game tomorrow with Lesley University at 9:00 a.m. at Hellenic Field.