Nighthawks Sweep Doubleheader From Dean on Saturday

Photo Credit: Dylan Foran
Photo Credit: Dylan Foran

FRANKLIN, Mass. - 

THE BASICS
Game 1 Final Score:
 Newbury College 14, Dean College 5
Game 2 Final Score: Newbury College 29, Dean College 6
Records:
 Dean College (4-15, 1-6 NECC), Newbury College (8-10, 3-1 NECC)
Location: Grant Field, Franklin, Mass.
Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM

THE LEAD:
Visiting Newbury College amassed 43 runs over two games and the Nighthawks swept a New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) softball doubleheader from Dean with a 14-5 victory in the opener and then a 29-6 triumph in the nightcap.

The wins for Newbury sends their record to 8-10 overall and 3-1 in conference play, while the Bulldogs have dropped five of their last six and now sit a 4-15 overall.

HOW IT HAPPENED:
In the opener, Dean was done in by two huge innings where the Nighthawks scored all their runs. The Bulldogs actually held a 3-0 lead after the first following an unearned run, a Danielle Dumont (Nashua, N.H.) groundout and an Alexandra Langhans (Naugatuck, Conn.) home run to center.

Newbury took the lead with eight runs in the top of the second highlighted by a Noelle Sass three-run homerun.

Now in front, 8-6, the Nighthawks tacked on six more runs with Samantha Libby and Sass providing RBI singles and Madison Elliott delivering a two-run base hit.

The Bulldogs did scratch two more runs across in the bottom of the fifth when Courtney Holden (Bridgeport, Conn.) singled up the middle and Emily Whelton (Dracut, Mass.) drew a bases loaded walk. In the end, however, reliever Hannah Besaw was able to get the final out on a groundout to secure the win.

Libby led the way for Newbury with three hits, while Sass drove in four runs. Meanwhile, for the Bulldogs, Holden had two hits and an RBI, while Langhans scored two runs and drove in another.

In the second contest, the Nighthawks had two innings in which they scored double-figure runs en route to a 29-6 win.

Everyone in the Newbury lineup drove in at least one run and all but one had at least one hit.

After jumping out to a 4-0 lead on two-run singles from Libby and Alexis Vieira in the first, the Nighthawks sent 17 batters to the plate in the second inning when they scored 11 runs.

Holden continued her standout afternoon when she smacked an RBI double in the second but that run was quickly answered by a three-run home run in the third by Elliott.

17 batters again went to the plate in the fourth for Newbury and this time they pushed across ten runs with Sass' three-run home run being the biggest blow.

Dean did get four runs in the bottom of the fourth – two of which came on a two-run single from Karissa Menzinger (Centereach, N.Y.) and another on a single by Dumont.

Vieira went 5-for-5 with five RBI, while Elliott drove in five more and Sass had four of her own. Dean got two hits each from Dumont, Holden and Melanie Rios-Nevarez (Vega Alta, Puerto Rico).

The 29-run second game is a new program record for runs scored in a game for the Nighthawks.

Nighthawks sophomore Mallory Stefan got the win in game one, improving to 6-8. Besaw took the win in game two, moving to 2-0 this season. 

The Nighthawks return to play tomorrow as they travel to Bay Path University for a doubleheader starting at 1:00 p.m.

 

Portions of this release courtesy Dean College Athletics