SALEM, Mass. - After a loss in game one of the doubleheader, the Nighthawks responded with a 10-5 victory in game two, splitting a pair of games with the Salem State Vikings on Thursday afternoon from Alumni Field at the O'Keefe Sports Complex.
Game One: Salem State 16 - Newbury 6 (Final - 5 Innings)
A 12-run second inning by the Salem State Vikings was more than enough offense as the Vikings defeated the Nighthawks 16-6 in five innings.
Vikings sophomore Sydney Chiasson (Hudson, Mass.) and freshman Luciana Mastromatteo (Peabody, Mass.) both batted 3-for-3 with Chiasson adding three RBIs while Mastromatteo added two RBIs. Mastromatteo also scored three times.
Nighthawks freshman Cameron LeClaire (Clinton, Conn.) batted 3-for-3, all singles, with an RBI and a run scored. Junior Arianna Gooden (Bakersfield, Calif.) and freshmen Ambur Leczel (Glendora, Calif.) and Caroline Mahoney (Easton, Mass.) all finished 2-for-3.
Already leading 4-0 after one inning, the Vikings posted 12 runs in the bottom of the second. At one point, 12 consecutive batters reached base safely for Salem State. The big inning included seven hits and three walks as the Vikings led 16-1 after two.
In the top of the third, an RBI triple by Nighthawks senior Noelle Sass (Randolph, Mass.), followed by an RBI single from Mahoney made it 16-3. In the next inning, a Leczel RBI double made it 16-4. Leczel scored later on an error. Newbury added one more run in the fifth on a LeClaire single to trail 16-6.
Vikings junior Dominique Del Vecchio (Stoneham, Mass.) picked up the win to move to 3-0. Nighthawks sophomore Hannah Besaw (Shrewsbury, Mass.) was credited with the loss.
Game Two: Newbury 10 - Salem State 5
The Nighthawks used eight runs in the first three innings, including a four-run inning to start the game, as the Nighthawks earned a split of the doubleheader with a 10-5 win over Salem State in the second game.
Nighthawks freshman Kiana Hinson (La Habra, Calif.) batted 4-for-5 with a double and helped herself to the win with a complete game performance. Senior Noelle Sass (Randolph, Mass.) batted 2-for-2 with three runs scored.
Vikings junior Ivy Bonoldi (Medfield, Mass.) batted 2-for-2 with a double, triple and an RBI. Junior Dominique Del Vecchio (Stoneham, Mass.) went 2-for-3. Freshman Gracie Hogan (Northbridge, Mass.) finished 1-for-3 with two RBIs.
In the first, the Nighthawks opened up the scoring with a run scored on a passed ball and a 1-0 lead. Freshman Caroline Mahoney (Easton, Mass.) then made it 2-0 with an RBI single. Two batters later, Hinson doubled home Mahoney, giving the Nighthawks a 3-0 lead. Hinson later scored on a passed ball to give Newbury a 4-0 lead.
The Nighthawks scored two more runs in the second to lead 6-0 thanks to an RBI double by Mahoney and a sacrifice fly by senior Alexis Vieira (Pawtucket, R.I.).
Newbury added two more in the third, this time with a two-RBI double by junior Arianna Gooden (Bakersfield, Calif.) to lead 8-1.
Two more runs in the fifth on an error and a bases-loaded walk gave Newbury a 10-2 advantage.
The Vikings fought back with a two-RBI single by Hogan to trail 10-4 after five innings. In the seventh, the Vikings scored one more on a sacrifice fly, falling by the eventual final score of 10-5.
Hinson, who went all seven innings, allowing three earned runs on eight hits, improves to 2-5 with the win. Vikings junior Brooke Westmoreland (Saugus, Mass.) falls to 3-2 with the loss.
The split of games moves the Nighthawks to 2-10 and the Vikings to 6-4.
The Nighthawks open up conference play on Saturday with a doubleheader against Elms College, starting at 12:00 p.m.