A seven-run opening inning, all with two outs, was the catalyst for the Nighthawks offense as the top-seeded Nighthawks are moving on to the NECC Semifinal, Double Elimination Bracket via a 13-3 victory over the No. 8 seed Southern Vermont Mountaineers on Tuesday afternoon at Grant Field.
Following a 16-2 conference season, the Newbury Nighthawks have earned their first Regular Season Championship in program history, resulting in the No. 1 seed in the New England Collegiate Conference Tournament.
The goal was clear heading into Sunday afternoon's doubleheader at Elms College, a pair of wins would clinch the New England Collegiate Conference Regular Season Championship for the first time in program history.
Saturday's doubleheader between the Nighthawks and Southern Vermont Mountaineers featured the highest producing offensive output in Nighthawks program history as the offense was on fire for a sweep of Southern Vermont.
Pride junior Alexa Nejaime (Sandisfield, Mass.) batted 3-for-4 with two runs scored, helping the Regis College Pride end the Newbury Nighthawks perfect conference record by defeating them 8-3 on Wednesday evening at Regis Field.
Nighthawks freshman Arianna Gooden (Bakersfield, Calif.) has been named the New England Collegiate Conference Rookie of the Week by the league office for the week ending on April 16. It's her first nomination to the Rookie of the Week honors and marks the second straight week a Nighthawks player has been awarded the Rookie nomination (Mallory Stefan).
After an offensive outburst for the Nighthawks in the opening game, a 10-0, game-shortened, victory over the Mitchell Mariners, the Nighthawks needed to battle back from three runs down in the eventual 6-5 walk-off win, keeping the Nighthawks undefeated in the New England Collegiate Conference.