BUZZARDS BAY, Mass – Buc Ball hosted 0-5 Newbury College Wednesday afternoon at Commodore Hendy Field. Thought they took an early lead, the Nighthawks bested the Bucs 15-3.
How It Happened
Maritime scored first, taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a Nick Haley (Hanson, Mass) home run, his first of the season, and first of the game. The Buccaneer lead was wiped out in the top of the second as Newbury scored two runs, tying the game on a Christopher Tran (Nantucket, Mass) sacrifice fly to left.
The teams failed to score again until the bottom of the fourth when Haley homered for the second time in the game to tie the game at 2-2.
Newbury scored in the bottom of the fifth to take a lead they would never relinquish. They added a run in the sixth to take a two-run, 4-2, lead. The Nighthawks continued to score in the seventh, plating two runs, another three in the eighth and then breaking off six runs in the top of the ninth.
Maritime scored a third run in the bottom of the ninth as Jackson Simone (Seattle, Wash) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. The game would end in favor of the Nighthawks, 15-3.
Inside the Numbers
On the Mounds
Brian Kwedor (Marshfield, Mass) (L, 0-3): 5 IP | 5 H | 3 R | 3 ER | 5 BB | 7 K
Joe Persechino (Torrington, Conn) (W, 1-0): 5 IP | 4 H | 2 R | 2 ER | 2 BB | 1 K
Mark Travers (Norwood, Mass) (SV, 1): 4 IP | 4 H | 1 R | 0 ER | 2 BB | 2 K
At The Plate
The Bucs racked up eight hits in the game, three of which came off the bat of Haley.
Paul Sances (Middleboro, Mass) also had a multi-hit game for Maritime with two singles.
Buc hitters drew four walks and struck out just three times, the lowest of the season thus far.
Besides Haley's two home runs, the only other extra base hit came from designated hitter Matt Langan (North Easton, Mass).
The Bucs stole four bases in the game. Sances stole second twice, Haley had one and Michael Doyle (Boston, Mass) had the fourth.
Newbury went 16-for-40 at the plate.
The Nighthawks had three players with multi-hit games, Dante Serino (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla) leading the way with four hits.
Catcher David Center (Medford, Mass) and shortstop Brian Cipolla (Cranston, R.I.) each drove in three runs in the game.
Newbury struck out 10 times, drew nine walks and left 12 runners on base.
Center was a home run away from a cycle as he had a single, double and triple in the game. Brett Cabral (Plymouth, Mass) had two extra base hits, both doubles.
Up Next: The Buccaneers are back at it tomorrow afternoon against Emerson at 3:30pm in Buzzards Bay.