CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Lynx bounced back after seeing their 42-game New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) regular season win streak snapped on Friday against Regis College with a doubleheader sweep over Newbury College on Saturday. Junior Nicole Mercurio (Wakefield, Mass.) was huge as she picked up both wins in the circle, registered her first shutout of the season in the opener, and ended game two via mercy rule with a solo shot in the bottom half of the sixth inning to lead help the Lynx improve to 7-13 on the year and 5-1 in the NECC. Newbury falls to 8-10 on the season and 2-2 in conference play.
In game one, the Lynx got on the board first as senior Molly Sarson (Sanford, Me.) knocked a double off the left field fence allowing classmate Emily Mangiaratti (Amherst, Mass.) to score all the way from first.
Lesley added another run in the second after sophomore Jodee Doka (Sacramento, Calif.) led off the inning with a double down the left field line and then came around to score when Sydney Thayer (Reading, Mass.) ripped a single to center, giving the Lynx a 2-0 advantage.
Mercurio was perfect through three, retiring the first nine batters she faced. In the top of the fourth, Newbury freshmen Alyssa Donovan (West Haven, Conn.) and Sheri Liggiero (Tewksbury, Mass.) hit back-to-back singles to break up the no-hitter, but Mercurio settled back down retiring the next three Nighthawk batters.
The Lynx added one more in the sixth when Mangiaratti doubled home junior Maria Nazzaro (North Reading, Mass.) as the Lynx went on to take game one, 3-0.
Mercurio went the distance, allowing just four hits and striking out three. Seven different Lynx had hits, while Thayer led the team going 2-3 on the day.
The Lynx got out ahead in game two as they put a four-spot up in the bottom half of the first. Mercurio doubled home two runs following back-to-back singles from Allison Fountain (Cheshire, Conn.) and Angela Mukai (Amherst, N.H.) while Doka then knocked her first collegiate home run to give the Lynx an early 4-0 lead.
The Nighthawks would answer right back in the top of the second as Julia Flamenco (Copiague, N.Y.) started the scoring attack when she singled home junior Katie Haney (Winchendon, Mass.). Two batters later, Newbury got two more runs when Liggiero doubled in Flamenco and freshman Tory Hoemke (Wilton, N.H.), cutting the Lynx lead to just one.
Holding a 7-5 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth, the Lynx bats exploded for four more runs. Mercurio and Thayer each knocked RBI doubles before junior Sarah Apgar (Andover, N.H.) slugged a two-run homer, giving the Lynx a comfortable 11-5 lead. For Apgar, it was her first four-bagger of the season, the fifth of her career.
The Lynx weren't done with the long ball yet as Fountain launched her first of the season in the fifth before Mercurio ended it with a solo blast in the sixth.
Mercurio, who picked up one hit in the opener, finished game two going 3-4 with four RBI and four runs scored, while picking up her second win of the day.
Fountain finished with three hits and three runs scored while Apgar and Nazzaro collected two hits apiece.
Leading the Newbury offense was Haney who went 2-3 with two runs scored while Flamenco knocked in two runs and finished with two hits.
The Lynx return to action on Monday when they play host to Framingham State University for a non-conference double-header beginning at 3:30p while Newbury will host a doubleheader with Mitchell College tomorrow at 11:00a in NECC action.