Nighthawks Finish Spring Games With Losses to Keene, Montclair State

Photo Credit: Dylan Foran
Photo Credit: Dylan Foran

Game One: Keene State 4 - Newbury 3 (Final - 9 Innings)

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Owls freshman Meghan Moran (Cherry Valley, Mass.) broke the 3-3 tie in extra innings with a game-winning, RBI single, scoring junior Brooke Arruda (Pawcatuck, Conn.), as the Keene State College Owls walked off with a 4-3 win in nine innings over the Newbury Nighthawks on Thursday afternoon at THE Spring Games at the Fortune Road Athletic Complex.

Moran's single was the only hit for her in the game as she finished 1-for-4. Arruda batted 3-for-4, all singles, with an RBI and run scored. Junior Courtney Votto (Durham, Conn.) went 2-for-4.

Nighthawks senior Noelle Sass (Randolph, Mass.) went a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate, all singles, with a run scored. Junior Arianna Gooden (Bakersfield, Calif.) went 3-for-4 with an RBI while classmate Averi Johnson (Oregon City, Ore.) batted 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored.

The Nighthawks scored in the top of the ninth on a Johnson RBI single to lead 3-2 headed to the bottom of the inning.

Owls sophomore Emma Pede (Monroe Township, N.J.) was placed on second base to start the inning and following a lineout, Arruda singled to center field, scoring Pede to tie the game at 3-3. After another single advanced Arruda to second, Moran stepped in for her game-winning RBI single to give the Owls the 4-3 win.

The Owls led 2-1 after five, but a Gooden RBI single in the sixth scored Sass, tying the game at 2-2.

Owls sophomore Olivia McGrath (Dorchester, Mass.) picks up her first win of the season to move to 1-2. Nighthawks freshman Kiana Hinson (La Habra, Calif.) falls to 1-3, despite the career-high 8.1 innings pitched and five strikeouts.

All 18 hits recorded in the game between the Nighthawks and Owls were singles.

The Nighthawks sit at 1-7 with one game remaining in the Florida swing. The Owls move to 3-5 with two games remaining at THE Spring Games.

Game Two: Montclair State 9 - Newbury 1 (Final - 5 Innings)

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Red Hawks sophomore Amber Powers (Newton, N.J.) batted a perfect 3-for-3, including three RBIs, leading the Montclair State Red Hawks to a 9-1 victory over the Newbury Nighthawks on Thursday afternoon at THE Spring Games from the Fortune Road Athletic Complex.

Montclair sophomore Alexa Penna (Hillsborough, N.J.) had the only extra base hit in the game, batting 1-for-1 with a two-RBI double and two runs scored. Seven of the nine Red Hawks starters recorded a hit in the game.

Nighthawks freshman Kiana Hinson (La Habra, Calif.) finished 1-for-1 at the plate after entering the game as a relief pitcher. Sophomore Hailey Shaw (Salem, N.H.) and freshman Caroline Mahoney (Easton, Mass.) both batted 1-for-3.

After a scoreless first, the Red Hawks jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a two-RBI single by Powers, scoring Penna and freshman Taylor Brown (Trumbull, Conn.).

A four-run third inning broke open the game for Montclair State, who took a 6-0 lead after three innings. Penna's one-out double scored a pair to give the Red Hawks a 4-0 lead. Montclair added two more in the inning on an RBI single by Powers and a Nighthawks error.

Newbury broke up the shutout in the bottom of the fourth with Hinson's RBI single up the middle that scored senior Alexis Vieira (Pawtucket, R.I.), cutting the deficit to 6-1.

But the Red Hawks responded in the top of the fifth with a trio of RBI singles to take an eight-run lead, 9-1.

Red Hawks junior Nicole Majewski (South Brunswick, N.J.) moves to 2-2 with the victory while Nighthawks sophomore Hannah Besaw (Shrewsbury, Mass.) falls to 0-4.

Newbury finishes their time in Florida at 1-7 and returns home from Spring Break this weekend. The Nighthawks will return to the field on Wednesday, March 20 with a pair of games at Wentworth, starting at 3:30 p.m.