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Lion's Baseball Falls to Newbury in Close Contest

Lion's Baseball Falls to Newbury in Close Contest

RINDGE, N.H. – Junior right-hander Craig Barnett (Narre Warren, Victoria, Australia) earned his second victory of the season as Newbury walked-off with the 4-3 win against Emerson College, Thursday evening. The Nighthawks have their last three games as they improve to 5-8 on the season.

First year right-hander Jacob Pringle (Acushnet, Mass.) toed the rubber for third time on the season. The strong-built first year was solid on the bump, tossing 5.2 innings allowing just three runs on five hits while striking out six Lions.

The Nighthawks gave Pringle a quick 3-0 lead, scoring twice in the second inning and once in the third. Sophomore shortstop Billy Stephen (Windermere, Fla.) and first year left fielder Matthew Sobray (Santa Clarita, Calif.) opened the frame with back-to-back singles. Two batters later, junior backstop Michael Grossman(Brooklyn, N.Y.) roped a double into the left-centerfield gap to drive home Stephen and Sobray.

An inning later, Newbury pushed across another run. Junior designated hitter Ryan Zahornasky (Shelton, Conn.) and senior first baseman Cameron D'Agostino (Salisbury, Mass.) reached on back-to-back one-out singles before Stephen plated Zahornasky with a single through the left-side of the infield for the third run.

However, the Lions were finally able to get to Pringle in the top of the sixth. After leading off the inning reaching on a bunt single, junior catcher Steven Cameron (Lansdale, Pa.) came into score the first Emerson run on a wild pitch and ignite a two-out, three-run inning. With the bases loaded, lead-off hitter sophomore shortstop Mitch Moormann (Hollywood, Fla.) laced a two-run double to plate junior left-fielder Jim Cain (Wakefield, Mass.) and first year third baseman Pablo Feldman (Mill Valley, Calif.) to tie the game at three.

Barnett came out of the bullpen to relieve Pringle and got first year centerfielder Tim Quitadamo (Worcester, Mass.) to ground out to second for the final out of the frame. The Australian pitched masterful in relief to keep the score tied, tossing 3.1 innings allowing just four hits while striking out four Lions, until the bottom of the ninth.  

Stephen opened the frame with a single and was safe at second on a bobble by the second baseman. He remained alive and safe at third when Lions reliever, junior Jack Capotorto (Brielle, N.J.) threw wildly down the third base-line in an attempt to get the lead runner on a fielder's choice by sophomore second baseman C.J. Ingraham (Georgetown, Mass.).

With the bases loaded and no one out, the state was set for first year backstop Matthew Peluso (Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada). The Canadian beat out an infield single as Stephen came in the backdoor with the game's tying run.

Next up the Lions face WPI on Tuesday, March 24th. Opening Pitch at 3:30pm.