BROOKLINE, Mass. – Newbury College swept a New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) softball doubleheader over Southern Vermont College Saturday afternoon with the hosting Nighthawks winning the opener 9-0 in five innings before topping SVC 7-1 in game two at Hellenic College's diamond.
The Mountaineers (3-27, 3-11 NECC) continued their Beantown-based road trip on Sunday with an 11 a.m. twin bill at Lesley University.
GAME 1: Newbury 9 – Southern Vermont 0 (5 inn.)
The Nighthawks took a quick, five-run lead in the bottom of the first before extending the separation with four more in the third. NC held Southern Vermont to just three hits the whole way for the shutout.
SVC senior catcher Nicole Matthews (Pittstown, N.Y.), sophomore Erin Girard (Savoy, Mass.), and sophomore second baseman Brooke Gates (Pittsfield, Mass.) all went 1-2 in the effort. Mountaineer senior righty Shea Wilson (Mesa, Ariz.) started the game from the circle and tossed just one inning of the loss (1-16).
A double steal plated the first run of the day, and the Nighthawks added four run-scoring hits for a 5-0 lead in the first. Gates got on via a bunt single in the third and stole second, but she would be stranded there as NC was able to get out of the inning unscathed. The hosts then crossed the dish four times in the home half of the frame with help from a three-run blast.
Matthews and Girard tallied back-to-back singles in the fourth, and a walk then loaded the bases for Southern Vermont. Matthews would be picked off on a snap throw to third, however, for NC to get off the field. The Nighthawks then wrapped up their second win over SVC this season after they had beaten the Mountaineers in a non-conference meeting in Florida during the teams' Spring Break trips.
GAME 2: Newbury 7 – Southern Vermont 1
NC scored once in the first, third, and fourth before adding a pair in each the fifth and sixth innings. Southern Vermont got on the board in the seventh, but the Mountaineers could only muster one run as Newbury finished off the sweep.
Wilson was 3-4 from the batter's box with an RBI while freshman center fielder Emma Griffith (Halifax, Vt.) went 2-3 with a double. Wilson tossed all six innings from the rubber—striking out four in the loss (1-17).
A fielding miscue allowed NC to score the opening run of the game, and the Mountaineers then threatened to tie it in the third when Griffith and Wilson registered back-to-back singles to center. Newbury worked out of it, however, before chalking up another lone run in the home half of the frame.
SVC worked runners to the corners in the fourth to no avail, and the Nighthawks were again able to scratch across a solo run in the bottom of the box. After the hosts scored twice in both the fifth and sixth innings, Southern Vermont got something going with one down; a pair of singles set Wilson up to drive home sophomore Sarah Billow (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) with a base knock to right. NC got the final out on the ensuing batter, however, to close out the twin bill.
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