Bay Path and Lesley Earn Wins on Day One to Advance to the Winners Bracket

Bay Path and Lesley Earn Wins on Day One to Advance to the Winners Bracket

ATTLEBORO, Mass. - Fifth seeded Bay Path University upset top seeded Newbury College 5-4 to start the double elimination portion of the NECC Tournament. The Wildcats advane to the winners bracket of the tournament, while the Nighthawks will face and elimination game Saturday afternoon. In the other game of the day, second seeded Lesley University defeated third seeded Regis College 2-1.

The double elimination portion of the tournament will continue with an elimination game at 2:00 p.m., Saturday at Sweeney Field. This game will feature top seeded Newbury College against third seeded Regis College. The winners bracket will continue at 4:00pm with Lesley University teeing off against Bay Path University. The loser of the second game will face the winner of the first game for the right to advance to the NECC Championship game Sunday at 1:00pm. If necessary there will be a second game Sunday at 3:00pm. 

#5 Bay Path 5, #1 Newbury 4

BOSTON, Mass. - A three-run sixth inning but the Wildcats brought them back from two runs down as Bay Path advances in the winner's bracket with a 5-4 victory over the top-seed, Newbury Nighthawks, on Thursday night at Sweeney Field.

Wildcats junior Lauren Vallee finished 2-for-3 with a pair of solo home runs. Freshman Kiley Bissell batted 2-for-4, both singles. Freshman Taylor Feraco rovided the game-tying, pinch-hit single, finishing 1-for-1.

Nighthawks sophomore Alina Milauskas batted 3-for-4 with a double. Sophomore Alexis Vieira finished 1-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. Sophomore Tina Babcock went 1-for-3 with a double.

Trailing 4-2 in the Wildcats sixth, a string of singles loaded the bases with one out. The Wildcats went to the bench for sophomore Madison Goodhart but a ground ball cut down the runner at home, putting two outs on the board with the bases still loaded.

Feraco stepped in and a hard hit single to center field scored Marissa Sarna-McCarthy and Katrina Peck, tying the game at 4-4.

The next batter, senior Grethen Hale, singled through the right side, scoring Goodhart and giving the Wildcats a 5-4 lead.

Solo home runs to right-center field in the first and third innings by Vallee got the Wildcats out to a 2-1 lead following the Wildcats third.

In the Nighthawks third, a two-out single to left field by Vieira scored Lindsey Clark, tying the game 2-2.

The Nighthawks took their first lead in the fourth, 3-2, on a double to right field by Babcock, a shot that nearly missed being a two-run homer.

The Nighthawks added one in the fifth, doubling the lead on a RBI groundout by Vieira that scored Milauskas.

Wildcats freshman Felicia Gailiardetz pitched a complete game, allowing four runs, three earned on nine hits while striking out five. The win moves her to 12-7 on the season.

Nighthawks freshman Mallory Stefan also went the full seven innings, allowing five earned on eight hits, striking out four. The loss drops Stefan to 10-10.

The Nighthawks drop into the loser's bracket, where they will face the No. 3 seed Regis College Pride on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in an elimination game at Sweeney Field.

Courtesy of Newbury Athletics Communications.

#2 Lesley 2, #3 Regis 1

WESTON, Mass. – The second seed Lesley University softball team advanced into the winner's bracket of the New England Collegiate conference (NECC) Championship Tournament with a 2-1 win over Regis College, Thursday evening.

Featuring two of the conference's young first year pitchers, the Lynx's Sarah Bushman and the Pride's Madi McLellan, the game lived up to its top-billing. 

Regis looked to draw first blood in the top of the first opening with back-to-back singles by shortstop Brianna Napoleone and rightfielder Kelsey Grimard. But Bushman settled down. She got junior Amanda Navarro to fly out left before retiring first baseman Ellery Rasmussen and third baseman Allison Caloggero on strikes.

However, McLellan was equally as dominant for the Pride retiring the first eight batters she faced. With two dominant pitchers in the circle for both teams it became evident that runs were going to be at a premium. 

In the top of the third inning, the Lynx were aided by tremendous defense in their middle infield which swung momentum over to Lesley dugout. After Grimard lined a one-out single to right, Lynx junior second baseman Courtney Goggin fielded a slow roller, calmly tagged Grimard before gunning the ball to first base for the double-play.

The double play in the top of the frame was a huge momentum shifter. McLellan was dealing, keeping the Lynx off balance through the early innings. However, junior centerfielder Theresa Pereira ended the string of eight straight batters retired by McLellan by beating out an infield single in the bottom of the third. Senior rightfielder Mekenzi Golden launched her seventh homerun over the leftfield fence to give the Lynx the 2-0 advantage.
It appeared as though it was going to be more than enough for Bushman. The Pride threatened to score in the top of the fifth with runners in scoring position but the Colorado native got Napoleone to pop out to first to end the threat.
However, Regis was still not going away quietly. In the top of the seventh, junior catcher Alexa Nejaime reached on a one-out single before leaving the game for pinch-runner Rachel Tortora. Two batters later, senior Jenna Casello laced a single into centerfield as Tortora advanced 60 feet. Pinch-hitting for Kelsey Morton, sophomore Allie Petillo lined a single through the right side to bring in Tortora to cut the deficit in half.

With two outs in the top of the seventh, Napoleone made Bushman work, fouling off pitch after pitch, before legging out an infield single to third to load the bases for the Pride. But Regis was unable to come through to tie up the game. Grimard flew out to centerfield as Pereira squeezed the final out in her glove to send the Lynx into the winner's bracket.

Bushman improved to 12-6 on the season allowing one run while scattering eight hits and striking out four. McLellan took the loss falling to 11-8 on the year after allowing two runs on four hits through six innings.

The Lynx will face fifth seed Bay Path University, who upset the number one seed Newbury College, on Saturday May 6th at 4:00 p.m. The Pride will play Saturday afternoon in a win-or-go-home game against Newbury College at 2:00 p.m.

Courtesy of Lesley Athletics Communications.

First Round – Tuesday, May 2nd

7:00PM - Game 1: #1 Newbury 13, #8 Southern Vermont 3
4:00PM - Game 2: #2 Lesley 7, #7 Mitchell 0
4:00PM - Game 3: #3 Regis 5, #6 Elms 4 (8 innings)
4:00PM - Game 4: #5 Bay Path 7, #4 Becker 5

Thursday, May 4, 2017

7:00PM- Game 5: #5 Bay Path 5, #1 Newbury 4
7:30PM - Game 6: #2 Lesley 2, #3 Regis 1

Championship - Saturday, May 6, 2017 @ Wentworth

2:00PM - Game 7: #3 Regis vs. #1 Newbury
4:00PM -  Game 8: #5 Bay Path vs. #2 Lesley
6:00PM - Game 9: Winner of Game 7 vs. Loser of Game 8

Sunday, May 7, 2017 @ Wentworth

1:00PM - Game 10: Winner of Game 8 vs. Winner of Game 9
3:00PM - Game 11: If Necessary