Nighthawks Drop Doubleheader vs. NYU to Start Florida Trip

Photo Credit: Dylan Foran
Photo Credit: Dylan Foran

GAME ONE: New York Univ. 13 - Newbury 1

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Violets offense showed no signs of jet lag, scoring in five of the first six innings, including four in the fourth and four in the sixth, as New York University started their Spring Trip in Fort Myers with a 13-1 victory over the Newbury Nighthawks on Sunday morning at the Player Development Complex.

Violets junior Ryan McLaughlin (Basking Ridge, N.J.) finished 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Sophomore Coltrane Tait (Newport Beach, Calif.) batted 2-for-5 including a two-RBI triple. 

Nighthawks freshman Brian Cipolla (Cranston, R.I.) batted 2-for-2 with a pair of singles. Sophomore Brett Cabral (Plymouth, Mass.) finished with an RBI double.

The Violets led 2-0 after two, opening the scoring with a pair of RBI groundouts. 

New York Univ. gained separation in the third with Tait's two-RBI triple. Tait scored on the play due to an error by the Nighthawks, giving the Violets a 5-0 lead. 

The Violets then added four in the fourth, including a two-RBI single by freshman Nick Loffredo (Metuchen, N.J.). 

Four more runs in the sixth gave the Violets a 13-0 lead, capped by double, scoring two, by McLaughlin.

The Nighthawks managed to break up the shutout in the eighth with Cipolla scoring on Cabral's RBI double.

Violets freshman Tim Salvadore (Southport, N.C.) earned the win after six innings while allowing two hits. Salvadore moves to 2-0. Nighthawks senior Jacob Pringle (Acushnet, Mass.) takes the loss, falling to 1-2. 

The Violets stay perfect this season, improving to 6-0, while the Nighthawks fall to 4-3 with the loss.


GAME TWO: New York Univ. 12 - Newbury 3

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Violets offense produced a six-run third inning and a six-run fifth inning as New York University completed the two-game sweep of the Newbury Nighthawks with a 12-3 win in the second game of the afternoon at the Player Development Complex.

Violets sophomore Coltrane Tait (Newport Beach, Calif.) batted 2-for-4 with five RBIs and a three-run home run. Senior Jonathan Iaione (Bernardsville, N.J.) finished 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Freshman David Conforti (Charlestown, Mass.) went 1-for-2 with three RBIs.

Nighthawks junior David Center (Medford, Mass.) finished with a two-RBI double in the seventh. Freshman Javi Martinez (Saugus, Mass.) finished 1-for-4, hitting his second home run of the season.

The Violets took control in the bottom of the third, starting with a Tait single, scoring a pair, giving the Violets a 2-0 lead. Following an RBI single to give the Violets a 3-0 lead and win the bases loaded, Conforti hit a bases-clearing double, completing a six-run inning.

The Violets duplicated their six-run inning, scoring six runs in the fifth capped off by a three-run home run by Tait, giving the Violets a 12-0 lead.

The Nighthawks broke the shutout with Martinez's solo home run in the sixth. Newbury added two more in the seventh on Center's two-run double.

Violets sophomore Ford Ladd (Longmont, Colo.) gets the win after six innings, allowing one run on six hits and striking out nine. Ladd improves to 2-0. Nighthawks junior Ryan Mullaly (Heights, N.Y.) falls to 1-2 with the loss, following four innings, allowing six runs on eight hits.

New York Univ. remains undefeated, improving to 7-0. The loss drops the Nighthawks to 4-4.

The Nighthawks resume play in Florida on Monday with a doubleheader against Baruch College starting at 9:00 a.m.