LEICESTER, Mass. - A tie-breaking single in the top of the seventh provided the scoring needed for a 4-3 victory in the opening game of the doubleheader, while a 12-run explosion in the second half of the doubleheader lifted the Nighthawks to victory. Newbury now sits atop the New England Collegiate Conference standings at 6-0; the best start to conference play in program history.
Game One: Newbury 4 - Becker 3
With two outs in the seventh, Nighthawks sophomore Alexis Vieira (Pawtucket, R.I.) singled through the right side, scoring sophomore Alina Milauskas (Elkridge, Md.) from third, providing the game-winning run in the Nighthawks 4-3 win over the Becker Hawks on Monday afternoon at Russell Field.
Vieira finished 1-for-4 with the game-leading single. Freshman Arianna Gooden (Bakersfield, Calif.) batted 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Milauskas was 1-for-3 with a double and two runs scored.
Hawks junior Jennifer Boxell (Marlborough, Mass.) batted 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI. Senior Ashley Ciepiela (Adams, Mass.) finished 2-for-3 with a double. Sophomore Megan Klemanchuck (Pawtucket, R.I.) finished 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in the first.
With one out in the seventh, Milauskas doubled to right field, putting the leading run on base. Sophomore Noelle Sass (Randolph, Mass.) then grounded out to second, moving Milauskas to third. Vieira stepped in for the single to right for the 4-3 Nighthawks lead.