Northeastern Baseball Falls to Red Sox

By Milton Posner

Imagine, for a moment, being Matt Lord or Dave Howarth.

Both are freshmen position players for the Huskies. Neither saw any playing time during the team’s first three games, all decisive losses to the Alabama Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa. So they made their collegiate debuts on Friday afternoon in Fort Myers, Florida.

Lord and Howarth’s last games were in high school. Today they played the Boston Red Sox.

The Huskies hung around for most of the afternoon, but a sixth-inning offensive breakthrough handed the Sox a 3–0 win. The game — along with the Detroit Tigers’ matchup against the Southeastern University Fire — was the first MLB action of the year. The Huskies have faced the Sox 18 times — including every one of the last 17 years — and have never won.

The Huskies threatened quickly, with senior infielder Scott Holzwasser earning a 3–0 count, nearly homering when his drive off Daniel McGrath just hooked foul, then took ball four low and away. But Holzwasser gave it all back a few minutes later when McGrath picked him off. It wasn’t a particularly artful or creative move to first, just a moderately deceptive maneuver that completely froze Holzwasser and hung him out to dry.

The first few innings were marked by clumsy fielding. Though the box score shows just two errors — both were Sox miscues — both teams fumbled the ball plenty. Some resulted in outs when the fielders recovered, others were ruled as hits. The first error came after Northeastern’s Kyle Peterson walked, when a scalding ground ball off the bat of Northeastern’s Jake Rosen leapt into the chest of Sox third baseman Chad De La Guerra. But with two on and two out, McGrath fanned Husky center fielder Jared Dupere to silence the threat.

Dupere couldn’t stand looking bad for long. In the Boston half of the first, Jarren Duran smacked a sinking fly into medium center field. Dupere sprinted to his right and made a nifty sliding snag to keep Duran off the basepaths, allowing freshman hurler Cam Schlittler to escape the inning without a problem.

Northeastern’s best chance arguably came in the second inning. After Corey DiLoreto was called out on strikes, junior outfielder Jeff Costello pulled a line drive into left field. Boston left fielder John Andreoli was shading a bit toward center, so Costello dashed toward second and beat the throw with a headfirst slide. This is no easy feat in JetBlue Park — the Sox’s spring training ballpark has the same dimensions and features as Fenway Park in Boston, including the famously shallow left field wall.

The Huskies had a runner on first with only one out, but again squandered the opportunity through baserunning mistakes. After Teddy Beaudet went down swinging, Costello tried to swipe third base. A strong, accurate throw from Boston catcher Connor Wong cut Costello down, depriving Spenser Smith of an RBI chance and sending the Huskies back into the field empty-handed.

Costello’s decision to steal third with two outs would ordinarily make no sense, but in this game it’s more understandable. He was born in Lexington, 13 miles northwest of Boston. He played high school ball just a few miles from Fenway Park. Maybe he just wanted to steal a base against the Red Sox.

The next few innings proceeded without major intrigue. Neither team capitalized on the other’s fielding missteps. Northeastern turned ground-ball, inning-ending double plays in the third and fourth innings to neutralize the Sox. Both teams substituted liberally in a seven-inning game: the Sox used 19 position players and seven pitchers, while the Huskies deployed 15 position players and six pitchers.

The Huskies came close to getting on the board in the fifth inning. After Peterson reached base for the second time, All-CAA First Teamer Ian Fair slammed a shot down the right field line that raised the Husky hopes, but ultimately fell foul. Fair struck out a minute later on Denyi Reyes’ 32nd pitch of the inning.

In the bottom of the fifth, Northeastern’s Nick David retired the Sox in order, the first 1-2-3 inning of the afternoon for either squad. Eduard Bazardo would do the same to the Huskies in the top of the seventh, but every other half inning saw runners reach base.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Sox finally broke the stalemate. Marcus Wilson walked, then swiped second base when Husky catcher Dave Howarth’s throw arrived too late. Northeastern hurler Rick Burroni retired the next two hitters to hold Wilson at second, but second baseman Ryan Fitzgerald smacked a ball into the right-center field gap to plate Wilson.

When Burroni walked the next two hitters to load the bases with two outs, Northeastern head coach Mike Glavine took the ball from him, making Burroni the only pitcher for either team to be pulled partway through an inning. The move didn’t pay off, as new pitcher Henry Ennen gave up a two-run single to Jantzen Witte to arrive at the 3–0 final score.

It was the first game for Red Sox interim manager Ron Roenicke, who took the helm after two years as the team’s bench coach and five years as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers. Roenicke replaced Alex Cora, who was fired by the Red Sox after his prominent role in the Houston Astros’ illegal sign-stealing scheme was uncovered. The Sox’s lineup featured AA and AAA ballplayers looking to boost their stock before the season starts next months.

The Huskies, still seeking their first win of the season, will head north to Tampa for a three-game series against the University of South Florida. That series begins with a doubleheader on Saturday, with first pitch at 2 PM EST.

Men’s baseball splits four-game series with Mizzou

By: Alexander Tsipis

On Friday, the Huskies began a four-game series against the University of Missouri Tigers at City of Palms Park in Fort Myers.  Led by 2017 freshman All-American Kameron Misner, the Tigers boast one of the most powerful lineups in the country (9.3 runs per game). The Huskies sent senior right hander Brian Christian to the mound in game one. The Tigers jumped on him early after a two-out double plated two in the first. But, Christian kept the Huskies in the game, allowing three runs on four hits in four innings of work while also tallying three strikeouts. Andrew Misiaszek threw three scoreless innings in relief for Northeastern before Mizzou was able to collect three, two-out hits in the bottom of the 8th, adding two late insurance runs. Across the diamond, Mizzou started Bryce Montes De Oca, a 6-foot-7 redshirt junior right hander who tops out at 99 mph. He kept the Huskies at bay, going 6 1/3 innings allowing four hits and a run while striking out eight as the Tigers beat the Huskies, 5-2.

Saturday featured a doubleheader between the Huskies and Tigers. Northeastern jumped out to an early 3-0 lead thanks to a pair of first inning doubles by senior shortstop Max Burt and junior infielder Ryan Solomon. The Tigers answered with a run in each of the next two innings. Huskies starting pitcher Tyler Brown was brilliant on the mound, allowing just those runs (one earned) before settling in and throwing six masterful innings. Huskies head coach Mike Glavine decided to go to the bullpen after a 6th inning home run by junior Jake Farrell gave the Huskies a 4-2 lead. Mizzou stormed back by putting a five-spot on the board in the bottom of the 7th, but the Huskies answered right back with three of their own in the top of the 8th. The Tigers scored one more in their half of the inning when an aggressive takeout slide broke up what would have been an inning ending double play.  Two quick outs in the top of the 9th left the Huskies trailing 8-6 and down to their final strike when sophomore Kyle Peterson walked, sparking a Huskies rally.  Junior Mason Koppens slapped a two-strike single through the left side and junior Charlie McConnell doubled down the left field line, securing a 10-8 comeback Huskies win. This was the program’s first victory over an SEC school.

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Northeastern Baseball Swept By William & Mary

By: Ravi Pandya

The Huskies entered this series with a 7-4 record (19-16) overall. The William & Mary Tribe had a 6-5 record (17-20 overall). The Huskies appeared to have the advantage in their starting pitching matchups. On Friday, Huskies ace Aaron Civale faced off against Nick Brown. On Saturday, James Mulry faced Bodie Sheehan. On Sunday, Dustin Hunt pitched against Dan Powers. All three of the pitchers for the Huskies had a significantly better ERA than the three Tribe starting pitchers. In fact, all three of the starting pitchers for the Tribe had an ERA over 5. Coming off of a two game losing streak, this matchup looked like exactly what the Huskies needed in order to get back on track.

On Friday, Civale and Nick Brown had a great pitching duel going on. Neither of them allowed a run through the first seven innings. The Tribe left six men on base through the first seven innings, and the Huskies left three men on base. In the top of the 8th inning, Cullen Large and Charley Gould hit back-to-back two out singles off of Civale. Then, with runners on first and third, and Ryder Miconi at the plate, Josh Treff had a passed ball which caused Large to score the first run of the game. In the top of the 9th inning, Josh Smith hit an opposite field solo homerun off of Tyler Robinson. After eight strong shutout innings from Nick Brown, Joseph Gaouette struck out the side to get his seventh save of the season.

On Saturday, Mulry performed below expectations for the Huskies. He allowed four runs (two earned) in 4.1 innings.  In the top of the third inning, Cullen Large hit a two run homerun off of him. In the top of the fifth inning, a costly error by Max Burt allowed two more runs to cross the plate. Unlike Friday, the Huskies batters did fight back. In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Huskies scored five runs off of a Cam Walsh two-run single, a Charlie McConnell RBI single, a Mason Koppens bunt RBI single, and a Keith Kelly RBI single. Unfortunately for the Huskies, Andrew Misiaszek and Mike Fitzgerald proceeded to give up two runs each in the 7th and 8th innings respectively to give the Tribe an 8-5 lead. After Bodie Sheehan gave up five runs to the Huskies in the fifth inning, Mitchell Aker did a good job in bridging the game to their closer without giving up a run. Gaouette then came and got his eighth save of the season without giving up a hit.

On Sunday, Dustin Hunt and Dan Powers had another pitching duel. Through six innings, neither pitcher allowed a run. In the top of the seventh inning, Josh Smith hit a two-run homerun off of Hunt. In the top of the 9th inning, Smith got another RBI, this time a single off of Tyler Robinson. After seven strong innings from Powers, Charlier Fletcher and Robert White pitched a shutout inning each to clinch the sweep against the Huskies

The Huskies look to end their five-game losing streak against Central Connecticut State next weekend at Friedman Diamond.

Northeastern Baseball Drops Two Of Three To Elon

By: Ravi Pandya

Coming off of a thrilling Beanpot win against Harvard, the Huskies looked to keep the momentum going with a weekend series against Elon. Northeastern came into the series with a 14-12 record overall and a 3-2 record against CAA opponents.

On Friday, the Huskies won in relatively easy fashion as they beat the Phoenix 6-3 behind an Aaron Civale quality start and runs batted in from Charlie McConnell, Max Burt, Cam Walsh, Josh Treff, and Mason Koppens. After eight solid innings from Civale, which included six strikeouts, and three earned runs allowed, the Huskies turned it over to Mike Fitzgerald to finish the game. Fitzgerald did not disappoint as he retired the three batters he faced without any trouble.

The second game of the series proved to be the toughest pitching matchup for the Huskies. James Mulry pitched well, and only gave up one run off of a Tyler McVicar RBI single in the fourth inning. In the seventh inning, Andrew Misiaszek gave up an RBI single to Ryne Ogren. Misiaszek proceeded to finish the game without allowing any further damage. Unfortunately for the Huskies, those two runs were all that the Elon pitching staff needed. Michael Elefante pitched 8 innings of fast-paced shutout baseball. He constantly kept hitters off balance and only allowed two hits in his outing.  After those eight innings, Elon closer Chris Hall quickly ended the game on 11 pitches and picked up his sixth save of the year.

The rubber match of the series appeared on paper to be a relatively easy win for the Huskies. However, the game played on the field proved that it would not be the case. Elon’s starting pitcher, Jordan Barrett, came into the game with an ERA over 7. On the other hand, potential future draft MLB draft pick Dustin Hunt was on the mound for the Huskies. After escaping trouble in the first couple of innings, Barrett was able to settle into the game and pitch 6 innings with two runs allowed. Those runs came off of a Zach Perry RBI double in the 1st and a Nolan Lang sac fly in the 6th.  Dustin Hunt cruised through the first six innings, and only allowed an RBI single to Kory Shumate. However, he did allow an opposite field homerun to Tyler McVicar that was heavily carried by the wind. After Hunt allowed two runs in 7 innings, Tyler Robinson came in for relief and did not allow a hit in either of the two innings that he pitched. After Barrett left the game for the Phoenix after six innings, Chris Hall pitched four shutout innings including an extra inning in the tenth. In the top of the tenth inning, Mike Fitzgerald allowed an RBI single to Shumate that ended up being the game-winning run for the Phoenix. Chris Hall won his second game of the season after completing the game for Elon.

The Huskies’ next week consists of a Wednesday game against Quinnipiac and a weekend series at Delaware.


Huskies Down Harvard 3-2 in Semifinals of Baseball Beanpot

By: Mack Krell

Northeastern (14-12) and Harvard (7-15) faced off on Wednesday at 3:30 at Friedman Diamond in the Beanpot Semifinals. This is the 26th year of the Beanpot Tournament, which Northeastern has won 5 times and Harvard has won 4 times. Nate Borges started on the mound for the Huskies and Simon Rosenblum-Larson started for the Harvard Crimson.

After a quiet first inning, Northeastern got the scoring started in the 2nd inning on a Jake Farrell triple to center field. Cam Walsh and Zach Perry scored on the hit off of starter Rosenblum-Larson. Jake Farrell finished the game 2-3 with 2 RBI’s and one strikeout.

Harvard responded in the bottom of the third inning on two singles by Trent Bryan and John Fallon. After Drew Reid reached on a throwing error and Mitch Klug reached after being hit by a pitch, Bryan hit a single to score Reid and moved Klug to third. Fallon then followed that hit up with another single that scored Bryan after he stole second base. Bryan and Fallon both finished the game 1-4 with 1 hit and 1 RBI.

With the score 2-2, Northeastern pushed across the winning run in the top of the 5th inning. Max Burt hit a ground rule double to right-center field, and then scored on a Cam Walsh single up the middle of the infield. Cam Walsh finished the game 2-4 with 1 run scored and the winning RBI.

Northeastern used four different pitchers in the game. Nate Borges started the game and threw for 2.2 innings while giving up 2 runs and striking out 1 in the process. Will Jahn (1-1), who ultimately received the win for Northeastern, pitched 3.2 innings while striking out 3 and giving up 3 hits. Jahn didn’t allow any runs in his efforts. Mike Fitzgerald was credited with the save for Northeastern, his 4th of the season. He pitched the 9th inning and struck out 2. Rosenblum-Larson started the game for Harvard and pitched 4 innings for the Crimson while giving up 3 hits and 2 earned runs. Kevin Rex (0-1) was credited with the loss for Crimson despite only pitching 1 inning and giving up 1 earned run.

Northeastern now moves on to play in the Beanpot finals on April 20th. Northeastern’s next game is Friday, April 8th against Elon at Friedman Diamond.

Northeastern Baseball: Here’s what you missed

Junior ace Aaron Civale got off to a hot start for the Huskies (Image Credit: GoNUathletics)
Junior ace Aaron Civale got off to a hot start for the Huskies (Image Credit: GoNUathletics)

by P.J. Wright

At last, spring is on its way back to Boston!

Jackets will turn into sweatshirts and then t-shirts; those colorful lawn chairs will once again occupy Centennial Common; frisbees will go back to infiltrating the airstream, and cups of coffee will convert into that of the iced variety – or at least the Dunkin’ double-cups will no longer be of service in order to keep your hands warm.

More importantly, however, Northeastern baseball will make its return to Parsons Field in 2016.

However, when the Huskies return home for the first time this year, they’ll already have 18 games under their belt.

While Northeastern students were out studying for midterms and readying for spring break, head coach Mike Glavine had his Huskies’ squad taking care of business on the road. NU kicked off the new season with a 6-5 record in out-of-conference play, a two-game improvement from their 4-7 starts in the 2014 and ‘15 campaigns.

We at WRBB understand that it’s not always easy to keep up with everything surrounding Husky baseball, so here’s a little recap of what you missed to get those juices pumpin’ before March 18’s home opener:

@ NO. 30 OKLAHOMA – Feb. 19-21 (4 games)

Feb. 19: W 3-2

Feb. 20: W 5-3, L 4-10

Feb. 21: L 4-13

The team traveled to Norman, Okla. to begin the new year, and the Huskies came out of the gates hot, defeating the 30th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners, 3-2, in the first game of a four-game set. It was the program’s first ever victory against a Big-12 opponent.

Aaron Civale got the ball for Northeastern on opening day and went for 7.1 strong innings, allowing just two earned runs on seven hits and eight strikeouts, a career-high for the junior hurler. Junior outfielder Pat Madigan drove home the game-winning run on an RBI single in the top of the seventh to seal the victory, and sophomore shortstop Max Burt went 3-for-3 with a run scored.

In Game 2, NU got their second victory against a Big-12 opponent in a 5-3 triumph, their first 2-0 start to a season since 2010.

Burt led the team in hits again, going 2-for-5 and an RBI. Junior Dustin Hunt and freshman Andrew Misiaszek led the charge on the mound as they combined for eight strikeouts while tossing 4.2 and 4.1 innings, respectively.

Northeastern dropped the final two games of the series in 10-4 and 13-4 losses, as the Sooner hitters combined for 21 hits in Games 3 and 4 to salvage a series split.

@ ABILENE CHRISTIAN – Feb. 26-28 (4 games)

Feb. 26: W 3-2

Feb. 27: L 0-1, L 3-4

Feb. 28: W 4-3

After stealing a couple of wins against a very good Oklahoma club, the Huskies split their second series in a row in four straight low-scoring affairs, with neither team eclipsing four runs in any of them.

Civale shone again for Northeastern in another strong, durable outing. The junior completed eight solid innings of two-run ball in a 3-2 victory in which NU hitters could only muster four hits.

The Huskies dropped Games 2 and 3 in a Saturday afternoon doubleheader, each by just one run in two impressive opposing pitching performances.

ACU’s Garrett deMeyere went eight innings, allowing just three hits to NU in the first game. Aaron Mason threw six strong frames in the second, despite giving up Northeastern’s only round-tripper of the season thus far to Madigan.

NU finished the series with a 4-3 win, tallying eight hits in the fourth and final game of the set.

Second baseman Keith Kelly reached base for the eighth straight game with a 2-for-4 showing, and the bottom three in the order (Nolan Lang, Josh Treff, Max Burt) combined to drive in all four runs.

@ Fort Myers vs. Boston Red Sox – Feb. 29 (1 exhibition game)

 Feb. 29: L 3-8

February’s exhibition contest between Northeastern and the Red Sox marked the 14th overall meeting between the two clubs and the 12th straight spring training matchup, dating back to 2004.

The Huskies lost to the Red Sox 8-3 in the seven-inning affair, shifting their record to 0-14 all-time against the professional ball club. However, the three runs were the most NU has ever scored against the Red Sox. Northeastern had tallied two runs on three separate occasions prior to this season.

(NOTE: Boston College is 0-24 vs. the Red Sox.)

Sophomore right-hander Brian Christian got the nod in Fort Myers and went for two innings, giving up four earned runs on three hits.

The Northeastern squad notched six hits off Red Sox pitchers on the afternoon, including a first-inning triple from redshirt senior catcher Josh Treff.

Treff was one of four NU hitters to go one-for-two, joining Cam Hanley, Charlie McConnell, and Nick Fanneron, who all recorded singles. Nolan Lang and Mike Piscopo each recorded hits in their only at-bats, and Piscopo also picked up a strikeout in his one inning on the hill.


CORNELL – March 5-6 (3 games)

March 5: W 6-0, L 5-7

March 6: W 11-0

Civale was masterful yet again in the first game of the March 5 doubleheader against the Big Red, going seven scoreless frames with only 5 hits allowed en route to this third win on the young season. NU improved to 3-0 in series-opening games this year.

Northeastern got off to a rocky start in Game 2 after allowing three runs in the first inning – a rare sloppy performance from Dustin Hunt on the mound, whose ERA was 1.13 going into the contest. He gave up five runs in five innings in this one, and the Huskies fell to Cornell 7-5.

Third baseman Nolan Lang had a good afternoon at the plate despite the loss, going 2-for-3 and reaching base on four of his five plate appearances.

The Huskies dominated in the rubber match of the three-game series in an 11-0 rout over the Big Red in seven innings.

15 Huskies came to the plate and eight players combined for Northeastern’s 10 hits. Second baseman Keith Kelly and third baseman Nolan Lang each went 2-for-3.

After two straight decisions that resulted in losses, senior James Mulry was brilliant, pitching six shutout innings and allowing just four Cornell baserunners.

UP NEXT: The Huskies travel to Pullman, Wash. to take on Washington State in a four game series, March 10-13.