Quite a Split

Ryan Thomas

The Beacons, playing at home on a cold, sunny spring day, split their doubleheader against Newbury College, winning the first game 13-5 and losing the nightcap 8-4.

Courtney Haroules was the workhorse Tuesday for Beacons softball, pitching both games, compiling 21 strikeouts and going a combined 5-6 at the plate with a double, knocking in two runs.

In game one, Newbury College struck for two runs in the top of the first thanks to four walks and two wild pitches.

Newbury would strike for another three runs in the top of the third to make it 5-1 before the Beacons put seven runs on the board by hitting four doubles and three singles. The Nighthawks also committed two costly errors.

UMass Boston tacked on another five runs in the bottom of the fifth to put the game out of reach.

In the first inning of game two, Newbury once again jumped out to a lead, this time a three-run advantage. A single, a walk and a number of wild pitches and passed balls by Haroules led to the runs.

In the bottom of the third, with Newbury leading 5-1, Beacons leftfielder Kristine Faffley hit a two-run shot over the centerfield fence to make it a 5-3 game.

The Beacons produced another run to pull within 5-4, but that was as close as they would get.

The Nighthawks scored another three runs in the final two innings on a bases loaded hit-by-pitch, a wild pitch and a throwing error.

In game one, Jenn Widener, Courtney Haroules and Alexandria Quinn all collected three hits, while Lauren O’Conner knocked in three runs.

The seven runs the Lady Beacons scored in the third inning of the first game were the most in one inning this season.

The softball team next plays at home on Saturday, April 19. They will face Western Connecticut State University at 1:00 p.m.