WESTON, Mass. - The Newbury Nighthawks and UMaine Farmington Beavers split a pair of games on Thursday afternoon from Pride Softball Field at Regis College. Game one went to the Beavers 7-3, thanks in part to a high-scoring inning in the fourth. Game two went in favor of Newbury, 7-6, as the Nighthawks came back from an early deficit.
Game One: UMaine Farmington 7 - Newbury 3
The Beavers offense posted a five-run fourth inning, providing the breathing room required as UMaine Farmington took game one from the Newbury Nighthawks, 7-3 from Pride Softball Field.
Beavers sophomore Leah Stevens (Ellsworth, Maine) finished 2-for-3 with an RBI. Senior Kailyn Hill (Lisbon, Maine) went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Freshman Makayla Wilson (Belgrade, Maine) batted 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Nighthawks senior Noelle Sass (Randolph, Mass.) batted 2-for-2 including a solo home run. Junior Sasha Miceli (Wareham, Mass.) and freshmen Cameron LeClaire (Clinton, Conn.) and Caroline Mahoney (Easton, Mass.) all batted 1-for-3. Mahoney added a triple in the sixth.
Farmington led 2-1 entering the fourth and opened the scoring on an RBI double by sophomore Hope Faulkingham (West Bath, Maine) to take a 3-1 lead. Back-to-back RBI singles by Hill and Wilson increased the lead to 5-1. Two batters later, Stevens grounded out to score Hill, giving the Beavers a 6-1 lead. An RBI single capped the scoring as Farmington led 7-1.
The Nighthawks trailed 2-0 before Sass' second home run of the season cut the deficit to 2-1.
Mahoney's two-RBI triple in the sixth provided the final runs of the game, as the Nighthawks fell short 7-3.
Beavers junior Brianna McGrath (Lyman, N.H.) pitched a complete game, taking the win to improve to 3-3. Nighthawks freshman Kiana Hinson (La Habra, Calif.) went four innings and falls to 2-6 with the loss.
Game Two: Newbury 7 - UMaine Farmington 6
The Nighthawks surrendered four runs in the top of the first, but a tied game in the sixth was broken by an RBI groundout by the Nighthawks, as they rallied to a 7-6 win and split of Thursday's doubleheader.
Nighthawks junior Arianna Gooden (Bakersfield, Mass.) and freshman Ambur Leczel (Glendora, Calif.) both batted 2-for-4, each with a pair of RBIs. Freshman Cameron LeClaire went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored. Sophomore Elizabeth Duanys (Worcester, Mass.) finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored.
Beavers junior Alyssa Dillan (Plymouth, Mass.), sophomore Kayleigh Oberg (Winthrop, Maine), and freshman Makayla Wilson all batted 2-for-4. Dillan added two RBIs and a run scored while Oberg went for one RBI and two runs scored.
Tied at 6-6 in the bottom of the sixth, a Leczel single, followed by LeClaire double, gave the Nighthawks two runners in scoring position with one out. Gooden stepped in and provided the eventual game-winning RBI with a groundout to third that scored Leczel, giving Newbury a 7-6 lead.
In the top of the seventh and the Beavers last chance, sophomore Hope Faulkingham kept hopes alive with a two-out single. Kailyn Hill stepped in by couldn't keep the run going, striking out looking to finish the game.
Nighthawks sophomore Hannah Besaw (Shrewsbury, Mass.) pitched a complete game and got her first win of the season, improving to 1-7. Hill suffers the loss for the Beavers, going six innings and falling to 0-6 this season.
The split moves the Nighthawks to 3-13 and the Beavers to 3-9.
Newbury returns to play on Sunday with a non-conference doubleheader against another opponent from Maine, the University of Maine Presque Isle Owls. The Nighthawks and UMPI are scheduled to play at Pine Manor Softball Field, first pitch at noon.