Nighthawks Eliminated From NECC Tournament With Pair of Losses

Photo Credit: Dylan Foran
Photo Credit: Dylan Foran

THE BASICS (Game One)

Scores: Becker College, 4; Newbury College, 3
Records: #2 Becker College Hawks (21-15)
             #4 Newbury College Nighthawks (17-20)
Location: Weston, Mass. – Regis College Field 
Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018

THE LEAD: Freshman shortstop Sarah Ellis (Berkley, Mass.) delivered a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie and power No. 2 Becker College over No. 4 Newbury College, 4-3, in winner's bracket action of the 2018 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) softball tournament action on Saturday afternoon at Regis College.

 

HOW IT HAPPENED  

 

· Newbury used four singles in the second inning to take an early 1-0 lead as sophomore second baseman Tina Babcock (Ayer, Mass.) drove in the game's first run with an RBI single that popped over a shallow infield on the right side. The Nighthawks threatened for more but stranded the bases loaded to settle for the one run.

· In the fourth, Newbury loaded the bases but the Hawks were able to escape the jam unharmed to keep the score at 1-0.

· Becker took its first lead of the game on two runs in the bottom half of the fifth with both scores coming with two outs to make it a 2-1 game. Senior centerfield Rebecca Carkhuff (Amherst, Mass.) evened the score at 1-1 with an RBI single to left and came around to score the go-ahead run on an RBI double to left center by Ellis to take the one-run lead.

· The lead was short as the Nighthawks tied the game up in the sixth on an RBI single to left by Alina Milauskas (Elkridge, Md.) to even the score at 2-2. Newbury again loaded the bases before Becker was able to get out of the inning with just the one run allowed.

· Becker junior left fielder Vasia Murphy (Dracut, Mass.) belted a two-out solo blast to left in the bottom of the sixth to give the Hawks the temporary lead at 3-2 but the Nighthawks responded with a run in the top of the seventh to keep the action going. Junior Alexis Vieira (Pawtucket, R.I.) led off the inning with a walk and came around to score the tying run on an RBI groundout by Mallory Stefan (Thornton, Colo.) to make it 3-3.

· With a 2-0 count, Ellis delivered the walk-off RBI single to left, plating Carkhuff from second to account for the 4-3 final.

 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS 

· Senior hurler Samantha Lee (Prospect, Conn.) went the distance to earn the win and improve to 14-10 on the year for the Hawks allowing three runs (one earned) on 10 hits while striking out one.

· Stefan suffered the defeat allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits to go along with three punchouts.

· Ellis finished the game going 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBI for her 15th multi-hit game of her rookie campaign.

· The Hawks held Newbury powerhouse Noelle Sass (Randolph, Mass.) snapping her seven-game hitting streak.

 

THE BASICS (Game Two)

Scores: Bay Path University, 8; Newbury College, 4
Records: #3 Bay Path University Wildcats (23-15)
              #4 Newbury College Nighthawks (17-21)
Location: Weston, Mass. – Regis College Field 
Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018

THE LEAD: The Bay Path University softball team plated four first inning runs to propel the No. 3 Wildcats to an 8-4 victory over No. 4 Newbury College on Saturday afternoon in the loser's bracket championship game played at Regis College. With the win, Bay Path advances to Sunday's NECC Championship series against No. 2 Becker College.

 

HOW IT HAPPENED  

 

· Bay Path came out of the gates hot scoring four runs in the bottom of the first to take control of the action early. The Wildcats got a two-RBI double from freshman second baseman Kayla Vance (Clifton, N.J.) followed by a two-RBI single by junior first baseman Taylor Feraco (Oxford, Mass.).

· The Wildcats added a run in the fourth to make it a 5-0 game as junior designated player Madison Goodhart (Pawtucket, R.I.) singled with one out and came around to score on a passed ball for the fifth run of the game.

· Goodhart added an RBI single up the middle in the fifth inning to bump the lead to 6-0, Bay Path.

· A single to lead off the top of the sixth inning by junior catcher Noelle Sass (Randolph, Mass.) ended a stretch of nine consecutive batters retired by Bay Path sophomore pitcher Felicia Gaillardetz (Londonderry, N.H.). The Nighthawks finally got to Gaillardetz in the frame, collected six singles including RBI hits by junior third baseman Alexis Viera (Pawtucket, R.I.) and sophomore right fielder Averi Johnson (Oregon City, Ore.) to cut the lead in half to 6-3. Gaillardetz and the Wildcats were able to get out of a bases loaded jam to preserve the three run lead heading into the bottom of the sixth.

· Bay Path added two insurance runs in the bottom of the six on an RBI single to centerfield by junior third baseman Katrina Peck (Newington, Conn.) to make it 8-3.

· Sass got one of the runs back in the seventh with a solo blast to left, her 10th of the season but it was not enough as the Wildcats held on for the 8-4 victory.

 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS 

 

· Gaillardetz earned her second win of the day to improve to 14-6 on the year in the circle, hurling seven innings to pick up the win.

· Sophomore Mallory Stefan (Thornton, Colo.) suffered the loss for Newbury allowing the first inning runs before being relieved by Samantha Libby (New Gloucester, Maine). Libby tossed five innings allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits while striking out three.

· The home run for Sass was the 30th of her career, the most all-time by any player in the NECC.