Softball: Hawks stun Lions to claim NECC Third Seed

Vasia Murphy

QUINCY, Mass. --- The Becker College softball team split their Sunday double-header at top-seeded Eastern Nazarene College at Mitchell/McCoy Field in Quincy, Massachusetts, falling just short in game one, a 1-0 loss in ten innings, before storming back to a 9-4 victory in game two. With the victory, the Hawks clinch sole possession of third place in the upcoming New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Tournament.

April 28, 2019
Mitchell/McCoy Field, Quincy, Massachusetts
Score: Eastern Nazarene 1, Becker 0 (10 innings)
Records: Lions of Eastern Nazarene 24-11, 14-1 NECC | Hawks of Becker 21-14, 11-4 NECC

April 28, 2019
Mitchell/McCoy Field, Quincy, Massachusetts
Score: Becker 9, Eastern Nazarene 4
Records: Hawks of Becker 22-14, 12-4 NECC | Lions of Eastern Nazarene 24-12, 14-2 NECC

• Freshman pitcher Ashley Veillette (Danielson, Conn. / Killingly) had one of her best outings of the season in game one, striking out five and allowing just three hits and no earned runs in 9 2/3 innings against the top-seeded team in the conference. Veillette also stood out at the plate, with two hits including a two-RBI double in the top of the seventh of game two to help seal a Becker victory.
• Senior outfielder Vasia Murphy (Dracut, Mass. / Dracut) crushed a three-run homer to left in the top of the fifth of game two to put the Hawks up 5-2. That blast gave Murphy nine home runs for the season, equaling the team lead by freshman catcher Emily Iacovelli (Northbridge, Mass. / Blackstone Valley Technical), who set the school record with her ninth just yesterday.
• Senior pitcher Samantha Belenchia (Ansonia, Conn. / Ansonia) picked up the win in game two, allowing just three earned runs over seven innings. Belenchia also had two hits at the plate on the day.
• Junior infielder Samantha Buzgo (Beacon Falls, Conn. / Woodland Regional) went two for four on the day with two RBI singles in game two.
• Sophomore shortstop Sarah Ellis (Berkley, Mass. / Bristol County Agricultural) went four-for-seven on the day, crossing home plate three times.

The Hawks now await confirmation of their first round opponent in the upcoming NECC Tournament.

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