Softball splits NECC opener with Lesley

Alyssa Columb

WALTHAM, Mass. --- The Becker College softball team split their New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) opening double-header against Lesley University on Saturday at Marcus Field in Waltham, falling short in game one, 11-3, before rallying for a 6-5 victory in game two.

THE BASICS – GAME 1
March 30, 2019
Marcus Field, Waltham, Mass.
Score: Lesley 11, Becker 3
Records: Lynx of Lesley 12-5, 1-0 NECC | Hawks of Becker 5-10, 0-1 NECC

HOW IT HAPPENED
The Hawks went up 3-0 in the top of the first with RBI hits from sophomore shortstop Sarah Ellis (Berkley, Mass. / Bristol County Agricultural) and senior first baseman Kelsey Weston (Hampstead, N.H. / Pinkerton Academy). But it couldn't hold up as the Lynx reeled off 11 runs over the next five innings.

THE BASICS – GAME 2
March 30, 2019
Marcus Field, Waltham, Mass.
Score: Lesley 5, Becker 6
Records: Lynx of Lesley 12-6, 1-1 NECC | Hawks of Becker 6-10, 1-1 NECC

HOW IT HAPPENED
Trailing 5-3 going into the sixth, Becker tied it up when a Lesley fielding error with the bases loaded allowed two runs to score, knotting it up at 5-5. On the very next at bat, sophomore second baseman Alyssa Columb (Manchester, N.H. / Manchester Central) reached on an RBI fielder's choice to score freshman pinch runner Skyler Tenney (Jaffrey, N.H. / Conant) from third for the go-ahead run. That would hold up for the final score.

TOP HAWKS
• Senior outfielder Vasia Murphy (Dracut, Mass. / Dracut) broke out of her slump to go three-for-six on the day with a double, a walk and two runs batted in.
• Weston likewise went three-for-six with three RBI.
• Ellis tallied three hits with a double, a run scored and one RBI.
• Columb finished with two hits and scored three runs on the day.
• Senior pitcher Samantha Belenchia (Ansonia, Conn. / Ansonia) had arguably her best performance of the season allowing just four earned runs over seven innings and earning her second win of the week.

UP NEXT
The Hawks are back on the field on Thursday when they play at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in a 3:30 p.m. double-header.

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