Nighthawks Split Pair in Florida, Earn First Win of 2019 Season

Nighthawks Split Pair in Florida, Earn First Win of 2019 Season

LEESBURG, Fla. - The Nighthawks picked up their first win of the season on Tuesday afternoon with their 9-5 victory over Washington & Jefferson College at THE Spring Games at Sleepy Hollow Sports Complex. After dropping their opening game of the day against Olivet College, Newbury moves to 1-5 this season after the win over the Presidents.

Game One: Olivet 9 - Newbury 3

A close game throughout was broken open by the Olivet Comets, who pieced together a five-run inning in the fifth, en route to Olivet's 9-3 victory over the Newbury Nighthawks in the morning game of THE Spring Games from Sleepy Hollow Sports Complex.

Comets senior Kinslea Blouin (Bronson, Mich.) batted 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, two RBIs, and two runs scored. Freshman Kaylee Clothier (Battle Creek, Mich.) finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored. Sophomore Erin Scanlon (Dowagiac, Mich.) went 1-for-2 with a single and two RBIs.

Nighthawks seniors Noelle Sass (Randolph, Mass.) and Alexis Vieira (Pawtucket, R.I.) both batted 2-for-3. Vieira added a pair of RBIs while Sass tallied one run scored. Junior Arianna Gooden (Bakersfield, Calif.) and freshman Caroline Mahoney (Easton, Mass.) both went 1-for-4 with a run scored each.

The Comets took full advantage in the fifth inning to provide the cushion in their six-run victory. Back-to-back RBI singles by Scanlon and senior Andrea Rico (St. Clair Shores, Mich.) gave Olivet a 6-3 lead.

After a double steal put two on in scoring position, Blouin struck with a double to left center, scoring two more runs for an 8-3 lead. Blouin later came in on a wild pitch, completing the five-run inning and giving the Comets a 9-3 lead.

The Comets led 4-0 after the first inning, but Newbury began a comeback in the top of the fourth to cut their deficit to one.

Three straight singles from Mahoney, Sass, and Gooden loaded the bases with no one out. Vieria stepped in and delivered a two-RBI single to left to cut the Comets lead to 4-2. Following a popout, freshman Kiana Hinson (La Habra, Calif.) flew out to center for a sacrifice fly that scored Gooden to get the Nighthawks within one run at 4-3.

Comets freshman Danielle Erickson (San Diego, Calif.) was credited with the win to move to 1-1. Junior Gracie Boyle (Richland, Mich.) was credited with a save for pitching the final three innings. Nighthawks sophomore Hannah Besaw (Shrewsbury, Mass.) was credited with the loss.

Game Two: Newbury 9 - Washington & Jefferson 5

Nighthawks senior Noelle Sass (Randolph, Mass.) hit a grand slam home run to cap off a five-run second inning for Newbury, as the Nighthawks picked up their first win of the season by way of a 9-5 win over the Washington & Jefferson Presidents on Tuesday afternoon at THE Spring Games.

The grand slam is Sass' first home run of the season, 31st of her career, and third grand slam. Sass finished 2-for-3 on the afternoon. Junior Arianna Gooden (Bakersfield, Calif.) finished 2-for-4, both singles. All nine Nighthawks starters had at least one hit.

Presidents freshman Sarah Labbe (Belgrade, Maine) went a perfect 3-for-3, including her first career triple, to go with two RBIs. Junior Brooke Shuck (Huntingdon, Pa.) batted 3-for-4 with a run scored. Three other Presidents drew at least two hits off Nighthawks pitching.

With the bases loaded in the second, the Nighthawks got the scoring started with an RBI single by freshman Cameron LeClaire (Clinton, Conn.) to take a 1-0 lead. After a fielder's choice put two outs on the board, Sass stepped in and hit her first home run of the season to left-center field, clearing the bases for a 5-0 lead.

The Presidents cut into the deficit in the fourth, starting the inning with back-to-back singles before Labbe's two-RBI triple made it 5-2. Labbe later scored on an RBI bunt single by junior Dana Parker (Coraopolis, Pa.) to make the score 5-3.

But in the bottom of the inning, the Nighthawks reestablished their five-run lead by posting three runs of their own. An RBI single for Mahoney made it 6-3 Nighthawks. Later in the inning, Mahoney scored on a double steal to give Newbury a 7-3 lead. Sass came around on an RBI single by senior Alexis Vieira (Pawtucket, R.I.) to give the Nighthawks an 8-3 lead.

Newbury added another run in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI double by junior Averi Johnson (Oregon City, Ore.) to lead 9-3.

The Presidents scored a pair in the seventh in an attempt to make a late rally, but a popout to first base ended the game in favor of Newbury 9-5.

Nighthawks freshman Kiana Hinson (La Habra, Calif.) earned the first win of her collegiate career, pitching four innings to improve to 1-2 this season. Sophomore Hannah Besaw (Shrewsbury, Mass.) earns the safe, pitching the last three innings, for her first career save. 

Presidents senior Taylor Andres (Bethel Park, Pa.) takes the loss, falling to 1-5.

The Nighthawks grab their first win of the season and move to 1-5 while the Presidents fall to 3-3 with the loss.

Newbury gets Wednesday off before returning to play on Thursday for their last day in Florida. THE Spring Games conclude with a noon game against Keene State, followed by a 4:00 p.m. game against Montclair State. Both games will be played at the Fortune Road Complex in Kissimmee, Fla.