Nighthawks Take Game One, Second Game Halted

Photo Credit: Dylan Foran
Photo Credit: Dylan Foran

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - After improving to 7-0 to start the season in the New England Collegiate Conference with a 7-2 victory in Game One, the Nighthawks and Lynx had to halt play in Game Two due to darkness with the Lynx leading 5-2 in the sixth. 

Game One: Newbury 7 - Lesley 2

Nighthawks freshman Arianna Gooden (Bakersfield, Calif.) batted 3-for-4, all singles, with a pair of RBIs, helping the Newbury Nighthawks remain unbeaten in the NECC as they defeated the Lesley University Lynx 7-2 in the opening game of a conference doubleheader from St. Peter's Field.

Nighthawks freshman Mallory Stefan (Thornton, Colo.) and sophomore Alexis Vieira (Pawtucket, R.I.) both batted 2-for-4, each recording an extra base hit; Stefan a double in the fifth, Vieira a triple in the seventh.

Lynx sophomore Abby Henderson (Rochester, N.Y.) finished 2-for-4 with an RBI single in the seventh. Senior Carlyn Barker (Temecula, Calif.) batted 1-for-4 also with an RBI single in the seventh.

After a scoreless two innings, the Nighthawks jumped on the board in the third starting with two runners in scoring position with one out. Two batters later, Gooden singled to center field, plating two Nighthawks for a 2-0 lead.

The Nighthawks then earned plenty of breathing room in the fifth, scoring four runs in an inning that again started with two in scoring position with one out.

A passed ball scored Gooden for a 3-0 lead. The passed ball was followed by back-to-back errors that helped the Nighthawks increase their lead to 5-0. 

Then, with the bases loaded and still one out, a sacrifice fly by sophomore Noelle Sass (Randolph, Mass.) scored Elizabeth Kia (Kea'au, Hawaii) for a 6-0 lead.

The Nighthawks added one in the seventh with an RBI triple by Vieira, scoring Sass for a 7-0 lead.

The Lynx broke up the shutout in the seventh with two consecutive RBI singles to cut the score to 7-2.

Stefan got the nod for the Nighthawks and earned her third straight win with a complete game allowing two runs on seven hits. Stefan is now 5-1 in her last six starts.

Lynx senior Alyson Nisbet (Clovis, Calif.) took the loss, falling to 2-6 after pitching 4 1/3 innings while surrendering six runs, four earned on five hits.

Game Two: Lesley 5 - Newbury 2 (Game Halted: Top Sixth, No Outs, No Runners On)

The Nighthawks jumped out early to a 2-0 lead after the top half of the first but runs in the third, fourth, and fifth for the Lynx gave them the advantage, 5-2, before the game was called off due to darkness.

Following five full innings, Lynx junior Courtney Goggin (Cheshire, Conn.) is batting 3-for-3 including an RBI in the fifth. Senior Mekenzi Golden (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) is 1-for-3 including a lead-off triple in the first. Freshman Sarah Bushman (Aurora, Colo.) is 1-for-2 and has pitched five innings while allowing two runs on six hits.

Sass is currently 2-for-2 for the Nighthawks, including a first-inning double. Gooden is 1-for-2 with an RBI single in the first. Sophomore Alina Milauskas (Elkridge, Md.) is 1-for-2 with a run scored and has pitched three innings before being relieved by Stefan. 

Back-to-back singles senior Naomi Ricciotti (Pheonix, Ariz.) and Gooden put the Nighthawks on the board early with a 2-0 lead. 

Two Nighthawks errors in the third inning contributed to the Lynx tying the game at 2-2.

The Lynx then took a 3-2 lead in the fourth after Goggin scored from second on an RBI single from Henderson.

Two more for the Lynx in the fifth as a bunt single by Goggin gave the Lynx a 4-2 lead, followed by an RBI single by junior Theresa Pereira (Hopedale, Mass.) for a 5-2 Lynx lead.

The game was officially halted in the sixth inning before the action in the inning could start. No date has been set for the continuation of this game.


Note: A full game recap of Game Two will be posted within this story and released separately as an individual story. Both will be featured as a headline on the front page. The continuation of this game has yet to be announced.