Nighthawks Drop Two in Florida at THE Spring Games

Photo Credit: Dylan Foran
Photo Credit: Dylan Foran

LEESBURG, Fla. - The Newbury Nighthawks fell twice on Monday with a morning loss to Sage College, 6-4, followed by an afternoon loss to Juniata College, 20-9. The Nighthawks are now 0-4 at THE Spring Games in Florida and have four games remaining before returning home.

Game One: Sage 6 - Newbury 4

Trailing 3-1 heading to the bottom of the fourth, the Sage Gators used a five-run inning to overtake the lead and hold off the Newbury Nighthawks 6-4 in the opening game of the day for both teams.

Gators junior Amanda Kiriakos (Yonkers, N.Y.) batted a perfect 4-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Sophomore Emily Agate (Franklin Square, N.Y.) finished 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs. Graduate student Lisa Kentris (Latham, N.Y.) and senior Kiersten Duncan (Millerton, N.Y.) both had two hits.

Nighthawks junior Arianna Gooden (Bakersfield, Calif.) and freshman Ambur Leczel (Glendora, Calif.) both finished 2-for-4. Leczel had a pair of RBIs thanks to her first career home run while Gooden added one RBI. Senior Alexis Vieira (Pawtucket, R.I.) batted 1-for-3 with a double.

The Gators trailed by two entering the fourth and had two on in scoring position with one out. Freshman Ashlee Billert (Bennington, Vt.) singled to cut the deficit to one and Sage took their first lead on a two-RBI double by Kiriakos, giving the Gators a 4-3 advantage.

Kentris singled home Kiriakos to give the Gators a 5-3 lead and Agate added one more run for Sage on an RBI single to give them a 6-3 lead.

The Gators held that 6-3 lead until the top of the seventh when the Nighthawks started threating.

Newbury got the tying run to the plate with runners on the corners and two outs. Gooden singled to score sophomore Hailey Shaw (Salem, N.H.) but on the play, Leczel was thrown out at third, ending the game with Sage winning 6-4.

Junior Alicia Swavely (Rome, N.Y.) was credited with the win to improve to 1-0. Nighthawks freshman Kiana Hinson (La Habra, Calif.) takes the loss and falls to 0-2.

Sage earns their first win this season to go to 1-4 while the Nighthawks fall to 0-3.

Game Two: Juniata 20 - Newbury 9

The Juniata Eagles scored 10 runs over the final three innings to pull away from the Newbury Nighthawks in their 20-9 win on Monday afternoon in the second game of the day for both sides.

Eagles sophomore Ashley Clark (Saxton, Pa.) and freshman Catherine Miller (Huntingdon, Pa.) both batted 3-for-4 with five RBIs each. Senior Abby Ebright (Harrisburg, Pa.) and junior Alyssa Shedlock (State College, Pa.) both had three hits.

Nighthawks freshman Caroline Mahoney (Easton, Mass.) batted a perfect 4-for-4 with a triple and a career-high five RBIs. Freshman Cameron LeClaire (Clinton, Conn.) also went perfect at the plate, batting 3-for-3. Senior Noelle Sass (Randolph, Mass.) went 3-for-5 with three runs scored.

The high-scoring affair took off with the Eagles scoring six runs in the third. Entering the inning tied 4-4, the Eagles would do all of their scoring damage with two outs.

Freshman Maggie Peck gave the Eagles a 6-4 lead with a two-RBI double to left-center field. Clark, the next batter, followed with a single to center to give Juniata an 8-4 lead. After a walk, Miller stepped in an knocked in a pair with a two-RBI double to give the Eagles a 10-4 lead.

The Nighthawks cut into the deficit in the fourth with RBI singles by Sass and Mahoney to trail 10-6 after four innings.

After adding a run in the fifth to lead 11-6, Juniata blew up for four runs in the sixth. Clark had a hand in the big inning for the Eagles with her two-RBI single and stealing of home. Juniata led 15-6 after the top of the inning.

The Nighthawks stayed alive with three runs in the bottom of the sixth, including Mahoney's two-RBI triple to right field.

The Eagles pulled further away in the top of the seventh, scoring five runs in the inning to lead and eventually win 20-9.

Peck gets the win for the Eagles, improving to 1-0 this season. Sophomore Erin Pfeffer (Camp Hill, Pa.) was given a save for pitching the final three innings. It's her first save of the season. Nighthawks freshman Hannah Besaw (Shrewsbury, Mass.) was given the loss to fall to 0-2.

The Eagles improve to 3-1 with the win while the loss drops the Nighthawks to 0-4.

Newbury continues their Spring Break at THE Spring Games on Tuesday with a 9:45 a.m. game against Olivet College, followed by a 2:15 p.m. game with Washington & Jefferson.