The Nighthawks were able to salvage a victory on Sunday stopping a late comeback from the Lynn University Fighting Knights against whom the last two games ended in defeat. UNG’s offense, which had been held to only two hits through their last 12 innings, reignited and that combined with strong pitching lead to a 5-4 victory.
After Saturday’s game where UNG was limited to only two hits from Michael Gouge, the Nighthawks bats came alive bringing home five runs on 12 hits. Connor Hoover lead the Nighthawks with a perfect 4-for-4 day at the plate including a double and a triple. The Fighting Knights were held to only eight hits after totaling 34 hits in the previous two games.
UNG had lost their last three games before Sunday, after they won their first six, and were struggling to outscore their opponents after the bullpen could not protect the lead on Friday in a 12 -11 loss.
“It was a tough loss Friday, and with coach getting tossed yesterday, tensions were high and we came out with a chip on our shoulders,” Trevor Sams said.
The team came out hot with four of the five runs scoring in the first three innings, and only allowing one run and three hits through the first three for the Fighting Knights. Daniel McCrary had seven strikeouts and only gave up seven hits which earned him the win. Chris Cobb earned the save after coming in during the seventh and giving up only one run.
“We gave a better overall team effort, and had a better attitude so we were able to compete, Steven Tomlinson said. “McCrary and Cobb shut them down offensively and we kept them off balance.”
The Nighthawks next play in the Nighthawks Nest Tournament against three teams including the No. 22 team in the country, Quincy University, on Friday Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. UNG will be looking to add to its early success before traveling to play Lander University on March 3.