BOSTON - The Newbury Nighthawks season came to an end on Friday night as the Lesley Lynx move forward in the New England Collegiate Conference Playoffs with a 9-3 victory in the loser's bracket of the NECC Tournament from Sweeney Field at Wentworth.
Lynx sophomore Jordan Day (Seminole, Fla.) went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Sophomore Riley Pickett (Rocky Hill, Conn.) batted 2-for-5 and senior Ashleigh Acker (Apopka, Fla.) finished 2-for-4; both had a double. Pickett added two RBIs and a run scored.
Nighthawks junior Averi Johnson (Oregon City, Ore.) wrapped up her impressive season with a 3-for-4 night. Freshman Kiana Hinson (La Habra, Calif.) finished 2-for-3 with a run scored. Sophomore Hailey Shaw (Salem, N.H.) went 1-for-3 with a run scored. Senior Alexis Vieira (Pawtucket, R.I.) provided the Nighthawks only RBI.
Lesley was off to a quick start in the first, opening the scoring on an RBI single by Day to take a 1-0 lead. Acker stepped in and provided a double to right center field, scoring Day and giving Lesley a 2-0 lead. Sophomore Kristen DiCicco (Wantagh, N.Y.) capped the three-run inning with an RBI double of her own, giving the Lynx a 3-0 edge.
The Nighthawks responded in the bottom of the first on a bases-loaded walk by Vieira, cutting the deficit to 3-1. The Nighthawks couldn't take advantage of the bases loaded situation, with a fielder's choice and strikeout ending the inning as a 3-1 lead for Lesley.
The Lynx added three more in the top of the second, starting with an RBI double down the right-field line by Pickett to give the Lynx a 4-1 lead. Day followed with a base hit up the middle that rolled beneath the glove of the Nighthawks center fielder, which allowed Day to score on the hit and three-base error and extend the lead to 6-1.
Newbury fought back to within three in the bottom of the third thanks to a dropped fly ball by the Lynx left fielder. The Nighthawks scored two on the miscue, cutting the deficit to 6-3.
An RBI groundout in the fourth by Pickett made it 7-3 Lynx and any momentum Newbury gathered late in the game was quickly squashed by Lesley pitching and defense. The Lynx added two more in the top of the seventh en route to their six-run victory.
Lesley freshman Kara Haga (Levittown, N.Y.) grabs the win in her relief appearance for the Lynx. Haga went 4.1 innings, allowing no earned runs on four hits, striking out five. Haga moves to 4-2 this season. Hinson went five innings for Newbury, allowing six earned runs on seven hits, finishing her season at 9-13 after the loss.
The loss for the Nighthawks moves their record to 13-27 in their final season of play.
The Lynx advance to tomorrow's action in the loser's bracket as they face the top-seeded Eastern Nazarene Lions at 3:00 p.m. at Mitchell McCoy Field at ENC. The winner of that game faces the second-seeded New England College Pilgrims in the Championship Game.
One win by New England College tomorrow would make them the NECC Champions, but three wins by either Lesley or ENC would result in them claiming the NECC Crown.