NEWTON, Mass. - The Mount Ida College softball team earned their first win on their home campus, although they were technically the away team, as the Mustangs and Newbury College split a double-header hosted by the Nighthaws on a cold, wet Friday evening at Alumni Field.
Game One: Mount Ida 8 Newbury 5
A single in the top of the fourth by Mustangs senior Emma Morton (Winchester, Mass.) plated two Mustangs, giving Mount Ida College enough insurance runs in their 8-5 victory over Newbury College in the first game of the doubleheader. Morton finished 1-for-3 with that fourth inning single and drove in three runs.
Senior Michele MacDonald (North Dighton, Mass.) batted 2-for-4, including a triple. Junior Hayley Microulis (Pawtucket, R.I.) finished 2-for-3, while senior Lucianna Medici (Riverside, R.I.) scored three times and stole two bases.
Nighthawks freshman Arianna Gooden (Bakersfield, Calif.) finished 2-for-3 with a pair of singles. Sophomore Alexis Vieira (Pawtucket, R.I.) and senior Naomi Ricciotti (Phoenix, Ariz.) both finished 1-for-3, Vieira with a double.
The first inning provided plenty of offense for both sides. A single and advance to second for Medici, followed by a MacDonald single would give the Mustangs a 1-0 lead. Back-to-back walks then loaded the bases with no outs. A groundout would score MacDonald for a 2-0 lead. Another walk loaded the bases and a passed ball scored Microulis.
The Mustangs would finish the scoring in their half of the inning with a RBI groundout, giving them a 4-0 lead. The Nighthawks first also included the bases being loaded due to walks and hit batters. With one out, a wild pitch scored sophomore Alina Milauskas (Elkridge, Md.). Another wild pitch scored sophomore Noelle Sass (Randolph, Mass.), followed by another Mustangs miscue, which scored Ricciotti, cut the deficit to 4-3 after one.
In the deciding fourth, the Mustangs would again load the bases with one out. Morton singled through the right-side of the infield, bringing home two for a 7-4 lead.
The Nighthawks cut into the deficit again in the bottom of the fourth on a RBI single by Ricciotti which scored Sass, Mustangs led 7-5 after four.
The Mustangs tacked on another run in the sixth on a RBI groundout by Morton.
Game Two: Newbury 10 - Mount Ida 2 Final/5
The Nighthawks sent all nine batters to the plate in the second inning, scoring four runs on their way to a 10-2 victory over the Mustangs in the final game of the doubleheader on Friday evening at Mount Ida.
Nighthawks sophomore Tina Babcock (Ayer, Mass.) batted 2-for-3 with one RBI. Sass was 2-for-2 on the evening with one RBI and a run scored. Milauskas also batted 2-for-2, finishing with a double and two runs scored.
MacDonald batted 1-for-2 for the Mustangs, scoring one of the two Mount Ida runs. Sophomore Jenni Jackson (Marlboro, Mass.) finished 1-for-1, as did Morton, both with a single.
With the game tied at 2, the Nighthawks put together a big second inning. They put two on in scoring position with no outs when Babcock came to the plate and singled, scoring senior Elizabeth Kia (Kea'au, Hawaii) from third, giving Newbury runners on the corners. A walk loaded the bases with no outs and singles by Milauskas and Sass scored a pair of runs for a 5-2 lead. A wild pitch resulted in another Nighthawk run, giving them a 6-2 lead.
The Nighthawks added one in the third on a fielder's choice RBI for senior Lindsey Clark (Venice, Fla.). With three more runs in the fourth, thanks to a Vieira single, a Mustangs error, and a sacrifice fly by Gooden, the Nighthawks led 10-2 and closed out the game in the top of the fifth with a strikeout and two groundouts to third. The split moves the Nighthawks to 2-8, while the Mustangs now sit at 4-7.
The Nighthawks continue their season with non-conference action next week on Wednesday vs. Gordon College with games starting at 3:00 p.m. The Mustangs carry on with their campaign with a doubleheader on Thursday vs. Wheelock; the games are set to start at 3:00 p.m.