Softball Rallies For Doubleheader Split With Nighthawks

Softball Rallies For Doubleheader Split With Nighthawks

THE BASICS
Game 1 Score:
Newbury College 15, Dean College 6
Game 2 Score: Dean College 10, Newbury College 8
Records: Dean College (5-15, 1-1 NECC) Newbury College (4-15, 1-1 NECC)
Location: Grant Field, Franklin, Mass.
Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM

Game 1: Newbury College 15, Dean College 6
The visiting Nighthawks banged out 20 hits led by a standout 5-for-5 performance from Arianna Gooden and Newbury College opened up New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) softball action with a 15-6 win over Dean in a twinbill on Saturday.

Kiana Hinson got the Nighthawks off and running in the top of the first when she smacked a three-run homerun as part of a four-run frame. After Hinson hit a sacrifice fly to add another run in the second, Newbury pushed six runs across in the third highlighted by a two-run single from Ambur Lezcal and a two-run triple from Gooden.

Down 11-0, the Bulldogs finally got on the board with five runs in the third as Miranda Seacord (Cambridge, N.Y.), Shelby Smith (Southwick, Mass.) and Karissa Menzinger (Centereach, N.Y.) all drove in runs and then Makenzie Souza (New Bedford, Mass.) smacked her sixth career homerun.

Newbury, however, scored two-runs in both the fifth and sixth, including a two-run blast from Lezcal that put the game out of reach in the sixth.

In addition to her 5-for-5 performance at the plate, Gooden drove in three runs and scored three times, while Lezcal had two hits, two runs and five RBI from her leadoff spot.

Both Menzinger and Danielle Dumont (Nashua, N.H.) each had two hits for Dean.

Game 2: Dean College 10, Newbury College 8
The Bulldogs rallied for three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to recapture the lead and then held on for a 10-8 win over Newbury College, earning a doubleheader split in their first NECC twinbill of the season.

After Caroline Mahoney homered in the top of the fourth to put the Nighthawks in front, 5-1, they looked to be destined for sweep of the two game series.

But Dean battled back, getting an RBI single from Alexis Portales (San Antonio, Texas), a two-run double from Smith and then the big blow – a three-run blast from Madisyn Butler (Richfield Springs, N.Y.) that gave the Bulldogs a 7-5 advantage after four innings.

Newbury wasted little time getting back in front as they scored three runs of their own in the fifth to move in front, 8-7.

After a scoreless bottom of the fifth, Dean mounted their comeback beginning with an RBI groundout from Dumont that evened the score.

That was followed by an RBI go-ahead single from Bridget McDonough (North Reading, Mass.) and then a run-scoring double from Courtney Holden (Bridgeport, Conn.) that added an insurance run.

Smith then shut the door on Newbury in the seventh despite the go-ahead run getting to the plate. She retired Mahoney on a groundout to end the game and pick up her third win of the season.

McDonough and Holden each had three hits for the Bulldogs, while Portales and Smith had two apiece.

UP NEXT:
The Bulldogs will be back in action on Sunday when they travel to New England College for a NECC twinbill against the Pilgrims beginning at 12:00 PM.