Boston, MA.- The Southern Vermont College Mountaineers and Newbury College Nighthawks met for the third time in the 2011 season on Tuesday afternoon at Boston College. After Southern Vermont took game one on April 14th on a walk off hit the Nighthawks have taken the last two, including Tuesday, to win the season series. In the rubber match Tuesday afternoon Newbury won by the score of 8-2.
SVC jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Corey Armstrong hit a two out double to chase home Corey Briggs in the top of the first. Newbury answered in the bottom of the frame with two of their own runs. Right fielder Matthew Clawson drew a walk to lead off the inning then swiped his 10th stolen base of the season. Daniel Kovner then made Southern Vermont starter, Adam Northup work before lining a scorching single into left to send Clawson to third. Newbury's leader in RBIs, catcher Patrick Curry drove in Clawson to knot up of the score at one with a high fly ball to straightaway center. First baseman Alex Chetelat gave the Nighthawks the one run lead lining a rocket into right centerfield to plate Kovner.
Since giving up a bloop single to Curry in the second, Northup retired the next seven Nighthawk batters to keep the Mountaineers in the ballgame before giving up a lead-off walk to Kovner to open the fifth. Kovner then stole second to ignite a three run fifth, pushing the Nighthawk lead to five. Northup allowed seven hits, six runs, five earned, four walks and struck out two in five innings of work. Freshman reliever Kurt Kowalczyk continued his success pitching two and a third without allowing an earned run. Team leading pitcher in ERA Joel DeFedele finished the game retiring the final two hitters.
Starter Zach Griesche pitched magnificently for the Nighthawks to earn his third victory of the season. He got out of a tough bases loaded jam in to the top of the third getting catcher Dan Cook to fly out of Kyle Schiavone in center field to end the threat. An inning later, Griesche stranded shortstop Dave Northup on second, who led off the fourth with a double, retiring the side by way of the strikeout. In the top of the fifth, Armstrong kept the inning alive for the Mountaineers drawing a two-out walk to kick-start a mini-Southern Vermont rally. Morin lined a base hit back where it came from before Griesche retired Cook with his sixth strikeout of the game.
The Mountaineers will head into the home stretch of their season looking to move up one spot and make the NECC playoffs. As the standing sit SVC is one game behind Daniel Webster with each team having five games remaining. The Mountaineers host Elms College Thursday and host Mitchell College for a three game set over the weekend.