Nighthawks Fall to Lynx in Resumed Game, Split Season Series

Photo Credit: Dylan Foran
Photo Credit: Dylan Foran

GAME ONE: Newbury 15 - Lesley 7 (F/5)

BROOKLINE, Mass. - In a game that featured only one hit for the Nighthawks, they took advantage of being walked a program-record 25 times, leading to the Nighthawks 15-7 win over the Lesley Lynx on Tuesday afternoon in New England Collegiate Conference play.

Nighthawks sophomore Arianna Gooden (Bakersfield, Calif.) was the only player with a hit, a single in the fourth. Despite the hit, Gooden was the only Nighthawk to finish with no RBIs. 

Lynx senior Courtney Goggin (Cheshire, Conn.) batted 2-for-4. Junior Jordan Raab (Rochester, N.Y.) and freshman Jordan Day (Seminole, Fla.) both finished 1-for-3 with two RBIs each.

The 25 walks are tied for the fourth most walks by a team in a game in NCAA Division III history. The feat would rank tied-sixth in NCAA history among all NCAA Divisions I, II, III.

This is not the first time the NECC has seen a game with 25 walks. Southern Vermont has been involved in a game with 25 walks in 2016. Former NECC school Daniel Webster has been in two games all-time with 25 walks, including the 2016 game with Southern Vermont.

In the five innings, 14 of the Nighthawks 15 runs were scored via a bases loaded walk. 

The Lynx held two leads in the game, 4-0 after the top of the first and 7-4 after the top of the third.

Nighthawks sophomore Mallory Stefan (Thornton, Colo.) improves to 7-12 in the win. Day drops to 16-8 with the loss.

 

GAME TWO: Lesley 11 - Newbury 10 (F/10)

BROOKLINE, Mass. - The Nighthawks led 7-5 after six innings, but the Lynx looked to have stolen the game on a three-run home run in the top of the seventh by freshman Jordan Day (Seminole, Fla.), taking an 8-7 lead.

In the top of the eighth, a sacrifice fly by Lynx senior Courtney Goggin (Cheshire, Conn.) gave the Lynx a 9-8 lead. The Nighthawks responded, taking advantage on a bases loaded walk to tie the game 9-9 after eight innings.

In the tenth, another sacrifice fly gave the Lynx a 10-9 lead, initially. But in an attempt to throw the runner out at home, the Nighthawks committed an error, resulting in the ball going out of play and scoring another run for the Lynx, who lead 11-9.

In the bottom of the inning, the Nighthawks cut the deficit to one on a Lynx infield error to trail 11-10. Later in the inning, the Nighthawks were caught stealing and a strikeout ended the marathon game in favor of the Lynx, 11-10.

The Nighthawks now sit at 14-18 (9-5 NECC) this season and tomorrow's doubleheader with Mitchell College will go a long way in determining the playoff seeding for round one of the NECC Tournament, starting Tuesday.

The season ends with a doubleheader at the Mariners, starting at 3:00 p.m.