FRANKLIN, Mass. - Bulldogs sophomore Ivan Vazquez (Caguas, PR) finished the day 3-for-4, including a pair of doubles, two RBIs, and two runs scored, as the Dean College Bulldogs defeated the Newbury Nighthawks 7-4 on Saturday afternoon at Dean College.
Bulldogs sophomores Retsyn Ootton (Barrington, R.I.) and Tim Lombardi (Providence, R.I.) both batted 2-for-3, Lombardi added two RBIs, Ootton with just one.
Nighthawks junior Matthew Sobray (Santa Clarita, Calif.) batted 3-for-4 including a pair of home runs, a double and three RBIs. Junior Matthew Peluso (Woodbridge, ONT, CAN) finished 2-for-2 with a double. Senior Billy Stephen (Windermere, Fla.) went 2-for-4, also adding a double.
The Bulldogs loaded the bases in the first inning with no outs. Sophomore Daniel Blazejewski (Stewartsville, N.J.), Ootton, and Lombardi contributed to a string of three straight singles, scoring four runs for a commanding early lead of 4-0.
The Bulldogs stretched the lead in the second as a double to left field by Vazquez scored a pair. A sacrifice fly later in the inning would give the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead after two.
In the third, Sobray put the Nighthawks on the board, homering to center field, a two-run shot, cutting the deficit to 7-2.
The Bulldogs were quiet after the early noise, but the Nighthawks couldn't take advantage with two on in the fourth and fifth.
The Nighthawks rallied for more in the seventh as Sobray led off the inning with a solo home run to center field. The home run makes Sobray the fifth player in program history to finish with two home runs in a game.
Later in the seventh, Stephen scored on a sacrifice fly by junior Jim McGrorry (Oakhurst, N.J.) to get within three, 7-4. A fly out ended the rally, giving the Bulldogs the three-run victory.
Bulldogs freshman Christian Ponce (Lowell, Mass.) improves to 4-1 with the win while allowing four runs on 11 hits.
Nighthawks senior Ethan Forrest (East Bridgewater, Mass.) pitched six innings, allowing seven runs, five earned on 10 hits, striking out eight. Forrest finishes his career with 213 strikeouts, by far a record in Newbury's Baseball Program.
The loss for the Nighthawks drops them to 18-18-1 and wraps up the 2017 schedule. The 18-win season is tied for third-most wins in program history.