BOSTON - The Newbury Nighthawks returned to action on Wednesday afternoon against the Wentworth Institute of Technology Leopards, taking a pair of losses in the afternoon doubleheader. In game one, a 2-2 tie was broken by the Leopards thanks to a seven-run sixth inning while in game two, the Leopards put up 10 runs in the second inning, en route to the sweep.
Game One – Wentworth 9 - Newbury 2
The Leopards erupted in the sixth inning with seven hits and seven runs to break a 2-2 tie, starting with a leadoff single from freshman Brianna Beverly (Pawcatuck, Conn.). Senior Emily Winter (Stratford, Conn.) got on base with an error on an attempted sacrifice, before freshman Alexandra Pina (Cumberland, R.I.) belted the game-winning triple, scoring both Beverly and Winter on the play.
Sophomore Kayla DeMedeiros (South Dartmouth, Mass.) kept the ball rolling with an RBI single to center field. Classmate Brionna Myers (Seabrook, N.H.) followed with a two-RBI single to center, before Winter drove home junior Deanna DiPilato (Worcester, Mass.) for Wentworth's final run and a 9-2 lead.
Freshman Sabrina Haarstick (Milford, Mass.) went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, while DeMedeiros and Pina each had two hits on the day. DiPilato, Beverly, Verreault, Myers and freshman Ceilidh Higgins (Medway, Mass.) each recorded a base hit.
Verreault earned her first collegiate win in the circle with five strikeouts and just two earned runs in a full game tossed. Sophomore Hannah Besaw (Shrewsbury, Mass.) suffered the loss for Newbury with five earned runs, five walks, and five K's.
Game Two – Wentworth 12 - Newbury 1 (Final - 5 Innings)
The Leopards ran away with the game early in the nightcap, pouring in 10 runs in the bottom of the second inning. Wentworth scattered seven hits in the frame, and quickly loaded the bases with a base hit from Beverly, while freshman Alyssa Lohr (Fairport, N.Y.) and Myers reached on a fielding error and a fielder's choice.
While solid defense from Newbury retired the lead runner, Myers, Verreault belted a double on the next play for the 2-0 lead. Higgins, DeMedeiros, and DiPilato all swung into an RBI single to build the gap up 5-0 before Lohr crushed a two-RBI double in between two Nighthawk miscues for the 10-run lead.
DeMedeiros was solid in the circle for the Black & Gold, allowing just one earned run to cross while also playing shutdown defense with a sharp double play to end the contest. DeMedeiros moves to 3-4 overall in her sophomore campaign.
DeMedeiros takes the win to move to 3-4. Hinson gets credited with the loss to fall to 1-4.
The pair of wins moves the Leopards to 6-7 while the Nighthawks drop to 1-9 this season.
Newbury returns to play tomorrow with a doubleheader at Salem State University, starting at 3:00 p.m.
Portions of this release courtesy Wentworth Athletics.