NORTHBORO, Mass. -The Husson Eagles (7-6) swept their third doubleheader of the season, defeating the Newbury College Nighthawks (1-7) on the road in non-conference action and a battle against the wind. The Eagles were relentless in both games, walking away with a 16-7 victory in the first of two and followed up with a 12-2 triumph.
GAME 1: Husson 16, Newbury 7
Husson got off to a hot start in today's game against Newbury, as they opened up the top of the first with eight quick runs, off of six Eagle hits. Leading off for Husson, Conor Maguire gathered a pair of singles to drive in an RBI in his second at bat as the Eagles went through the entire batting order before Newbury left three Eagles stranded on base to escape the inning. The Nighthawks put a few runs on the board in the bottom of the first, off an RBI double to right center by David Center and a SAC fly from Chris Paulino, to begin chipping away at the early deficit, 8-2.
Continuing to separate themselves, the Eagles tacked on another pair of runs in the next two innings capping off their scoring in the third with a two-run homer by Alex Chapman to bring the score to 12-4 advancing into the fourth inning.
The Nighthawks closed out the final three innings with consistency scoring a single run in each one while the Eagles had an insurance inning in the top of the sixth seeing four runners cross the plate to help capture the 16-7 victory in the first game of the day. A Chapman single followed by Nolan Brown double helped score Michael Schneider to get ball rolling in the sixth. Then a balk and hard shot singles to the outfield by Maguire and Nick Guerrette helped capture the four-run inning to cap off scoring for the Eagles.
ON THE MOUND:
Austin Smith started on the mound for Husson, pitching three full innings, while giving up eight hits to score three earned runs. He was relieved by Alex Brooks to open up the fourth inning. Brooks threw three innings, giving up four hits, one earned run, and striking out one batter. Jacob Gauvin came into the game to close out the final inning as he gave up just one hit and struck out a batter to put an end to the first game in the doubleheader against the Nighthawks. Between the three Eagles on the mound, only one Nighthawk was walked in 37 batters faced.
Leo Frisella started the game for Newbury, but was replaced early in the first inning after allowing six hits and getting behind on the scoreboard after Husson's quick run. Nick Dorazio took over, lasting 2.1 innings while allowing three hits and four runs to score with two strikeouts. Ronald Zabala entered the game to start the fourth inning and continue through the sixth before Dylan Presby wrapped up the game in the seventh with two K's.
- The entire starting lineup scored at least one run by the end of the first game.
- Alex Chapman had three hits on four at bats with a two-run homer while crossing home plate three times himself.
- Conor Maguire went 3-5 on the day with three runs and three RBI.
- Nick Guerrette, Luke Covey, and Ethan Stoddard all tallied two hits for the Eagles.
- Dylan Presby batted 3-3, driving in one RBI and the only Nighthawk to score two runs.
- Dante Serino recorded three hits and two RBI in his four at bats.
- David Center went 2-4 on the day with a pair of doubles.
GAME 2: Husson 12, Newbury 2
After a quick scoreless first inning, Husson's bats started to heat up again as they put up four runs off of five hits. Alex Chapman stepped up to the plate as the leadoff batter in the second inning, and launched the ball over the fence in right center field to put the first run on the board. Next up to bat, Ethan Daigneault nearly rocked the ball in the same spot as Chapman as he raced around the bags for a triple, scoring on an error when Nolan Brown stole second.
The Eagles continued with the power hits in the third as Ethan Stoddard nearly recreated the previous inning, launching another solo homer as the leadoff to help Husson build on their already sizeable lead. A couple singles later, and the the Nighthawks were left trailing the Eagles, 7-0 to advance into the bottom of the third.
Both teams escaped the next two innings in five batters or less, until Husson struck again in the top of the sixth with three more runs for a 10-0 advantage. The Nighthawks finally scored in the bottom of the sixth after Dylan Presby crushed the ball and sprinted around the diamond making it to third. He then trotted home when David Center approached the plate next smacking a two-run homer to cut into the deficit making it an 10-2 ball game. Finishing out the final inning, the Eagles added on another two runs for a cushioned victory of 12-2 for the sweep.
ON THE MOUND:
Ryan Allender nearly pitched the full game before being relieved for the final inning. In six full innings, he only allowed six hits and two runs scored in 24 batters faced. He gave up two walks and pitched four strikeouts. Nolan Dousa entered into play in the seventh inning as he struck out the final batter without giving up a single run or hit.
Ryan West started game two of the doubleheader for the Nighthawks. He pitched three full innings, giving up eight hits and just four earned runs. He sent three batters walking to first and sent two batters back to their dugout. Joe Persechino and Dante Serino helped finish off the remainder of the game.
- Ethan Stoddard and Alex Chapman both hit home runs for the Eagles with Chapman's second of the day on the Nighthawks.
- Kobe Rogerson went 3-3 on the day with a double and a triple while scoring three runs.
- Ethan Stoddard was credited two RBI on 2-4 hitting.
- Conor Maguire went 3-5 with an RBI and one run scored.
- David Center went 2-3 with a home run and the only two RBI for Newbury.
- Dylan Presby was left on base twice before his triple helped him score in the sixth.
In less than 24 hours, the Eagles will be back on the diamond on a different field as they spend the night traveling to Mitchell College for a doubleheader tomorrow, March 24th. Opening pitch is set for 12 p.m.