NU Huskers Beat NU Huskies

Northeastern will face NJIT in a win-or-go-home NCAA Regional game Saturday at 2 PM CT (3 PM ET). Click here to hear Milton Posner and Catherine Morrison call the game live.

Story by Catherine Morrison and Milton Posner

Photos by Sadie Parker

FAYETTEVILLE, AR — For the first three innings of Friday night’s game, it looked like Northeastern, fresh off a dramatic, homer-rich campaign to the CAA championship, was up to their old tricks. Facing a Nebraska team that shattered expectations en route to a Big Ten championship, they leaped out to a 4–0 lead.

Then Sebastian Keane lost control, the Cornhusker offense woke up, and the bottom fell out. Eight unanswered Nebraska runs and a stifled Northeastern comeback later, an 8–6 loss dropped the Huskies into the losers’ bracket of the double elimination NCAA Fayetteville Regional.

Nebraska ace Cade Povich started and looked true to form in the first inning, retiring the side and allowing just one hit. But Povich gave up a monster home run to leadoff hitter Danny Crossen in the second, giving the Huskies an early lead in a game the Cornhuskers were supposed to run away with. Povich, clearly rattled, gave up a double to Ben Malgeri but escaped the inning without any more damage.

Povich started the third inning by inducing a groundout, but quickly gave up a single to Jeff Costello and a double to Max Viera. Povich decided to pitch to Northeastern single-season home run king Jared Dupere and instantly regretted it, giving up a single to make the score 3–0.

“He was up in the zone a little bit,” Nebraska head coach Will Bolt explained. “He didn’t really have a pitch to go to. They hit some balls hard on all of his pitches. He wasn’t really fooling them there.”

Northeastern wasn’t done yet, as the stalwart Scott Holzwasser walked to advance Dupere to second. A few pitches later, Povich bounced one off of catcher Griffin Everitt, whose delay in locating the ball allowed Dupere to score the Huskies’ fourth run without a smidge of contact.

The underdog Huskies were on a roll, hitting balls and taking names. Starter Sebastian Keane was lights out, striking out two in the first inning and going scoreless through three.

“Their starter came out attacking,” Bolt said. “We didn’t come out with the aggressive mindset we normally see.”

Then Nebraska pulled Povich and replaced him with middle reliever Koty Frank, who dominated the Huskies. Frank struck out only two batters, but retired the first 11 Huskies he faced to swing the momentum.

“I knew if I could keep us in the game for as long as possible, our offense would start hitting,” Frank said. He added that his changeup made a big difference, saying, “Earlier in the year it was an iffy pitch I was worried to throw . . . now I’m 100% committed and feel very confident.”

Meanwhile, Keane started to struggle, with a Spencer Schwellenbach single and a Max Anderson walk setting the table nicely for Cam Chick, who trimmed the four-run lead to three with one stroke of his bat.

“I didn’t like what I saw from him that inning,” Glavine said. “I thought his stuff dropped a little bit. His command started to go, he started tugging the baseball a little bit. I was certainly hoping to get a longer outing from him — four, five, six innings, something along those lines.”

Glavine said he was wary of going to a bullpen that struggled last weekend, so he tapped fourth starter Wyatt Scotti for the fifth inning to regain control of the ballgame. In what was becoming a theme for the Huskies, Scotti easily recorded the first out and then ran into trouble when a one-out Jaxon Hallmark triple set up a game-tying sacrifice fly from Schwellenbach.

“Wyatt is typically a strike-thrower; he didn’t have his best stuff tonight, but he worked as hard as he could,” Glavine said. “So we thought, ‘Let’s bring a guy in, different look than Sebastian.’ We wanted to give them a different slot, different stuff, and try to get through the lineup just one time. And hopefully he would pound the strike zone and force them to hit their way on. But he fell behind in the count a few too many times, and they had great at-bats on him.”

The script had flipped. All of a sudden, Northeastern was struggling with their pitching, and Nebraska was lights out. Nebraska was hitting the Huskies all over the place, and Northeastern couldn’t get anything going against Frank.

“He had it all going on,” Husky first baseman Ian Fair said of Frank. “He was working both sides of the plate with three pitches.”

“He was probably the player of the game,” Glavine added. “It didn’t look like he threw anything straight. It looked like everything was moving. He changed speeds, he hit his spots, he had us off balance, he worked fast, he was fast in between innings.”

Nebraska teammate Cam Chick echoed Glavine’s sentiments, adding that, “He can throw you off and take you out of your rhythm pretty easily.”

Nebraska, now full of momentum, charged ahead, scoring three more off Scotti — including one on a balk — in the sixth inning to put some distance between them and the Huskies. Northeastern pulled Scotti in the bottom of the sixth. Eric Yost, however, didn’t fare much better, giving up two singles in the seventh before a combination of batter interference, a failed steal, and a successful one cashed in a runner from third to make it 8–4.

That would be the last run Nebraska scored, but they had everything they needed to beat Northeastern and advance to the winner’s bracket. The Huskies put up a good fight, scoring two in the top of the eighth when Frank finally ran out of steam, but couldn’t tie the game after shortstop Schwellenbach came in to close the game with his ninety-five mile-an-hour fastball.

Huskies Punch Ticket to Winner-Take-All Game With Dramatic Doubleheader Win

Northeastern will play a winner-take-all game against UNCW for the CAA Championship on Sunday at 1 PM Eastern. Click here to hear Milton Posner and Jack Sinclair call the action.

Story by Milton Posner and Jack Sinclair

Photos by Sadie Parker

WILMINGTON, NC — What stands out about Saturday, perhaps more than anything else, is just how many chances the Northeastern Huskies had to end their season.

After losing to the UNC Wilmington Seahawks on Friday night and dropping into the losers’ bracket of the double elimination CAA Tournament, the Huskies needed to win twice Saturday — first against the Charleston Cougars and then against the Seahawks — just to push things to a winner-take-all game on Sunday. When they struggled to score in the first game, and when UNCW’s comeback forced extra innings in the second game, it seemed as though the Huskies were playing with fire just a bit too much.

But they made it through, winning the most suspenseful and compelling game of the season in the process. They’ll play for all the marbles tomorrow.

Game One

The Charleston Cougars ran into Sebastian Keane and were the worse for the experience. It was clear from the first pitch that Keane had brought his best stuff. After allowing a single in the first inning, Keane retired 13 straight Cougars. He pulled out all the stops, mixing in a sweeping curveball with his blistering fastball. Keane struck out six en route to seven innings of one-run baseball, with an RBI double from Harrison Hawkins the lone blemish.

“Lights out in tough conditions when you know if you lose, you’re going home,” Northeastern head coach Mike Glavine said. “In his first tournament start. When the offense isn’t doing anything and the wind’s blowing in. He was awesome.”

Charleston’s William Privette mostly matched the majesty of the Northeastern starter, allowing only one hit over five innings.

“There was more pressure on us in that game than in game two, because you’re trying to get to game two,” Glavine said. “I think we were very tense and we couldn’t score. Wasn’t going our way by any stretch of the imagination.”

The man who relieved Privette, Tradd James, struggled as the Northeastern offense woke up. He started his outing by striking out Jeff Costello, then allowed a stand-up triple to Max Viera.

Then James met Jared Dupere. Or rather, Jared Dupere introduced himself to James by sending his pitch over the left field wall for a two-run home run, his twentieth of the year, tying the Northeastern single-season record.

“I don’t,” Glavine said when asked if he could believe the year Dupere is having. “And in limited action too; we’ve played less games this year. Every time he swings, I feel like it has a chance to leave the yard. He’s a threat and everyone knows it. He’s got the pressure on him from our team and somehow it doesn’t affect him.”

“He’s an animal,” Glavine added. “He carried us in that game.”

The 2–0 lead was all Keane needed, as his seventh inning of work went just as smoothly as the rest. Brian Rodriguez took the mound in relief and built off of Keane’s dominance, throwing two scoreless innings.

The offense took the nod from Keane and really laid into the Cougars in the eighth. Scott Holzwasser drove in a run with a double before Danny Crossen brought him in, also with a double. The parade around the bases continued, as Ben Malgeri singled to second base, with the assist coming from a throwing error that scored Crossen.

The game ended in a 5–1 margin in the Huskies’ favor, a solid all-around win. But given what came next, Husky fans would be forgiven for forgetting its finer points.

Game Two

One inevitable consequence of winning 20 games in a row and nearly running the table in conference play is that it tends to come at the expense of late-inning drama. But in the highest-pressure game of the season, Northeastern and UNCW gave us a match for the ages.

Unlike Friday’s game against UNCW — and, for that matter, the game they’d played a couple hours prior — the Huskies wasted little time. In the second inning, Scott Holzwasser, who has spent all tournament running faster on an injured ankle than most people run fully healthy, took Seahawk starter Luke Gesell deep down the left field line.

Not to be outdone, Ben Malgeri, who hit just two homers in the regular season, smashed his second of the tournament two batters later.

“His home run numbers are low and I’ve seen him hit balls like he’s been hitting them [now],” Glavine said. “We started talking about that [in mid-May] at Delaware, and since Delaware he’s done a really good job being more aggressive with his barrel, not getting beat, working to the opposite field, and working to pull to the gap. We talked about it, he listened, he’s executing.”

The 2–0 Northeastern lead held as Husky starter Wyatt Scotti, like Keane before him, mowed down batters effectively and efficiently. Malgeri added to it with another solo shot in the fourth — he’s hit more home runs since Thursday than did in the three months before it — and Max Viera singled home Teddy Beaudet in the fifth to tack on a fourth run.

Now, let’s draw a hypothetical line through the seventh inning stretch. Everything before this line constitutes a mildly interesting game, one with an excellent Northeastern pitching performance and a handful of homers.

Everything after it represents the most compelling baseball Northeastern, and probably the entire conference, has seen this season.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, consecutive singles by Cole Weiss, Dillon Lifrieri, and Noah Bridges, plus a sacrifice fly from Jac Croom, sliced the Northeastern lead in half. Scotti’s day was done.

Fireballer Brandon Dufault assumed the mound in the bottom of the eighth, just in time for the dam of baseball weirdness to burst wide open. After a Taber Mongero single and a Brooks Baldwin strikeout, both Trevor Marsh and Matt Suggs hit hard comebackers to Dufault, both of which could theoretically have yielded inning-ending double plays. Dufault spiked his throw into the grass in front of second base on the Marsh hit, then Suggs smacked his comebacker so hard that the ball tore the glove off Dufault’s hand and trickled away from the mound.

Bases loaded. Tying run on second. Go-ahead run on first. One out. Cole Weiss, who had hit a grand slam against the Huskies the day before, at the plate.

But Dufault sat him down on strikes. It wasn’t a deja vu story. Weiss was just a decoy for the main event.

The battle that ensued between Dufault and Lifrieri was mystifying. By the tail end of the at-bat, fans of both teams were applauding with every pitch. It was a war of attrition in miniature as Lifrieri worked the count full, then fouled off five consecutive 3-2 pitches. On the 11th pitch of the appearance, he landed a line drive in right field in front of Dupere. With the baserunners off with the pitch for the sixth time in a row, Mongero and Marsh scored easily. Tie game.

Dufault retired Bridges to end the inning. In the ninth, both teams mustered only a single, as Dufault and UNCW’s Hunter Hodges settled in nicely. The Huskies went into the tenth inning for just the second time this season.

They quickly loaded the bases on a Costello double, a Viera walk, and a Dupere intentional walk. A Danny Crossen sacrifice fly, a throwing error, and a Malgeri single cashed three runs and let almost all the air out of Brooks Field.

Not that the Seahawks would go quietly in the bottom half of the frame. A walk and a hit-by-pitch brought the tying run to the plate and chased Dufault from the game.

“I put him on for a third inning. That was my fault; he was completely out of gas,” Glavine said, though he noted that, “It’s a pretty simple thought process — it’s do or die, and he hasn’t pitched yet in the tournament . . . I didn’t want to come out of the game without firing our best bullets.”

On came David Stiehl, who forced a ground-ball double play on his second pitch to torpedo the inning. Lifrieri’s RBI single proved irrelevant as the game ended 7–5.

A couple of X-factors enabled the Huskies to withstand the Seahawk surge. One was a propensity for making quick, smart, strategic decisions in the field, which Glavine called “proud papa moments” and said excited him more than home runs. The other was the defense of catcher Teddy Beaudet.

“The number of pitches he blocked tonight under pressure was incredible,” Glavine said. “And then he throws a guy out under pressure. He’s playing his best baseball at the right time of the year.”

The Huskies will rematch the Seahawks again on Sunday, and Glavine says only Keane and Scotti are unavailable. This means Cam Schlittler and Kyle Murphy may pitch, though they likely can’t carry full starter workloads after pitching on Thursday and Friday, respectively. But it’ll be all hands on deck for the winner-take-all game.

Huskies Run Away with CAA Tournament Opener

Northeastern will play their next CAA Tournament game on Friday, May 28 at 7 PM against the winner of the UNCW–Elon game. Click here to listen as Milton Posner and Jack Sinclair call the action live for WRBB.

Story by Milton Posner and Jack Sinclair

Photos by Sadie Parker

WILMINGTON, NC — It was as good of a first inning as Northeastern head coach Mike Glavine had ever seen.

“I couldn’t have drawn it up any better,” Glavine said. “We get bunts down, steal bases, get a home run, get two-strike hits, a couple ugly hits — just everything you want from a lineup. We go all the way through, we turn the lineup over. It was a special inning. You saw [all of] our offense in one inning.”

When the dust settled, the Huskies came away with six runs in the first inning, making up the bulk of their offensive production as they cruised to a 10–3 win. After an emphatic start to their tenth CAA Tournament appearance, the Huskies will look to build on this win and claim their first title since joining the conference in 2006.

Starter Trey Pooser kicked off the game for the Charleston Cougars, and quickly found himself in a load of trouble. Jeff Costello led off with an infield single. Max Viera followed suit, singling into right to advance Costello to third; Viera then stole third as Jared Dupere struck out. Up stepped Scott Holzwasser, sliding to the cleanup and designated hitter spots after a misstep at the first base bag the weekend prior left him out of the lineup and in a boot for the last regular season game.

Holzwasser was limping but produced nonetheless, knocking a clean single to right that plated Costello and Viera.

“He’s a gamer,” Glavine said. “You’ll see him in there again tomorrow, so he’s got a whole night and day to prepare and get his foot where it needs to be. He’ll definitely be in the DH spot.”

After a Danny Crossen single, Ben Malgeri, the center fielder who has had a quiet season compared to his hard-hitting teammates, stepped up in every sense. Malgeri formally introduced his bat to the baseball by sending it about 400 feet over the left field wall, boosting the Huskies lead to 5–0.

The Cougars’ nightmare inning rolled on, as the next three plays saw Ian Fair reach on an error, Teddy Beaudet awarded first base on a foul ball incorrectly ruled a hit-by-pitch, and Spenser Smith reach safely off a bunt back to the pitcher. Costello stroked a fly ball into deep center, which gave Fair plenty of time to tag up and score the sixth run of the inning. 

Fair would score again in the bottom of the third, this time on his own accord. Malgeri reached base on an error just before the Husky first baseman stood in and yanked a home run to the opposite field.

After three innings, the Huskies held a commanding 8–1 lead over the Cougars. Tack on Dupere’s CAA-leading 18th home run in the fourth and another RBI single from Holzwasser in the fifth, and the Huskies led 10–1.

Underlining all of this offense was a gutsy pitching performance from standout freshman, Cam Schlittler. He dominated opponents the season, going 6–0 in conference play with a 0.90 ERA and making hitters look like they were swinging toothpicks. He showed why on Thursday afternoon, as he mowed through an almost impossibly efficient first six innings allowing only a solo home run to Jared Kirven.

“Pretty sure Schlittler liked the hot weather,” Glavine said. “The pitchers love it. We’ve talked at length about taking care of our bodies to be able to play in this heat. We had it in Towson, which was huge. Leading into this game, we practiced for three days in the heat. We’ve been talking about hydration, rest, and all that stuff.”

But disaster struck Schlittler in the seventh inning. Or, more accurately, a Kirven line drive did. On his pitching arm. 

For a long moment, the Husky dugout, as well as the fans who made the 800-mile trek from Massachusetts, held their breath.

“Fortunately it was above the elbow; it hit him in the bicep,” Glavine explained. “The stitches were on there, I could see it plain as day. He was hurting and it was bruising up already. I just wanted to calm him down; that’s a jolt and I bet you it was 100 mph off the bat.”

Schlittler tossed a few warmup pitches to regain his control, then retired the next batter to escape the inning. Though he did cede two runs in the eighth, Glavine attributed it more to fatigue than to the line drive.

“It probably wasn’t a ton of pain, it was more shock. The pain is probably going to come tonight,” he said. “But I wouldn’t have put him out there if I didn’t feel like it was safe. And of course he wants to stay in; he’s a tough kid.”

Schlittler probably wasn’t going to pitch again in the conference tournament anyway, but Glavine confirmed that they are looking to prepare him for NCAA Tournament play should the Huskies make it. The Cougars, meanwhile, drop into the loser’s bracket in the double elimination tournament, and will face William & Mary in a win-or-go-home game Friday morning.

Huskies Close Regular Season with Series Win Over Tigers

Northeastern begins CAA Tournament play on Thursday May 27 at 3 PM Eastern, with additional game times and opponents determined by tournament results. Milton Posner and Jack Sinclair will call all Northeastern games for WRBB.

Story by Khalin Kapoor and Jack Sinclair

Photos by Sadie Parker

TOWSON, MD — The 2021 Baseball season has been filled with uncertainty regarding lineups and scheduling due to the pandemic. But if there is one thing that can be deemed “certain” from this tumultuous season, it’s that the 2021 Northeastern Huskies are very, very good.

After dropping two of four games to the Delaware Blue Hens last weekend, the Huskies came into Towson with a chip on their shoulder. The Huskies and Tigers played a three-game series this weekend to close out their regular-season campaigns.

Game One

Jeff Costello made sure the world knew that he was unhappy with the way last weekend went, as he crushed a home run to lead off the ballgame. The parade around the bases commenced in the third inning, as designated hitter Max Viera doubled to drive in Danny Crossen, Spenser Smith, and Jared Dupere to make it 4–0.

The game settled down a bit, and Towson clawed back a run in the fourth, but nothing was getting in the way of the Northeastern bats. In the fifth, Dupere absolutely mauled a baseball in a manner that would make Mark McGwire blush. Viera followed suit, sending a long fly over the fence for another solo shot. Ben Malgeri joined in on the fun to give the Huskies back-to-back jacks, and their third in the inning. Not even a new pitcher could stop the Huskies, as Ian Fair homered after the change to make it three in a row.

“I think anything up in the air had a chance [to go out],” Northeastern head coach Mike Glavine said. “Obviously the balls were hit really well too, but the wind was blowing out and this park plays small so that helped.”

Cam Schlittler was his usual self on the mound, and for the redshirt freshman, his usual self is lights out. He went five innings, allowing only two hits and one unearned run, which helped to keep his fourth-best-in-the-nation ERA at 1.29 (!!!).

“He looked good, even though he had that one inning where he walked a couple,” Glavine said. “He looked really sharp, even on short rest.”

Dupere sent the baseball over the fence again in the eighth inning for his 17th of the season and second of the game. Ryan Cervone and Costello each picked up RBIs in the ninth inning to drive up the Huskies’ score to 15. Solid relief performances from Owen Langan, Rick Burroni, and Brian Rodriguez limited the Tigers to only one more run, and the Huskies took game one by a score of 15–2.

Game Two

Somewhat surprisingly, offense was a premium on Friday afternoon. After putting up 15 runs the day before, the Huskies were limited to just one run and five hits in a 2–1 loss.

“It was a tight game,” Glavine noted. “Both teams were battling on a hot day . . . we just couldn’t get anything going offensively.”

Starter Kyle Murphy was dominant for seven scoreless innings, striking out nine and issuing only one walk. This was another in a long series of starts in which Murphy offered the Huskies stability and quick outs right off of the bat. Despite the lack of offensive support, Murphy kept on dealing en route to tying his second-longest outing of the season.

“Murph was awesome,” Glavine said. “He kept us in the game even though he knew we were struggling to score runs.”

Towson starter Nick Janowicz was solid as well, spinning five scoreless, walking five, and striking out four. The Huskies took the lead in the sixth inning after a Malgeri sacrifice fly plated Dupere. Towson star reliever Kody Reeser took over for the rest of the game, throwing four scoreless innings and striking out five.

“Towson really pitched well today,” Glavine noted. “They had us off balance all day long and really pitched great all day.”

Northeastern reliever Eric Yost immediately ran into trouble in the eighth, as he gave up a game-tying single to center fielder Billy Godrick after a leadoff walk and a sacrifice bunt. David Stiehl came in to try and stop the bleeding for Northeastern, but immediately gave up an RBI fielder’s choice to Noah Cabrera to give the Tigers a 2–1 lead.

“Leadoff walks always come back to bite you,” Glavine remarked. “We made a few mistakes here today late in the game.”

The game ended on a controversial note, as Husky pinch hitter Corey DiLoreto grounded into a game-ending fielder’s choice despite the runner (Costello) being safe at second base. Costello was called out because he violated the NCAA force-out slide rule in not sliding into second. It was a frustrating ending to a frustrating loss for Northeastern, especially after their 15-run explosion the day before.

“We had an opportunity there late in the ninth inning and put a little run into it,” Glavine said. “But we just came up short and . . . we’ve got to put this one behind us.”

Northeastern star second baseman Scott Holzwasser left the game late with a lower-body injury he sustained while running out a ground ball in the seventh. He initially stayed in the game, but was visibly hobbled and was later removed as Max Viera slotted in for him.

Glavine noted that in tight one-run games such as this one, it’s on the coach to get the team over that scoring hump. He said he failed to do that Friday.

Game Three

The Huskies looked to turn things around on Saturday, and they made that more than clear in the first inning. Costello stayed hot in the leadoff spot with a single, and quickly advanced to third on a Viera double. Dupere added to his RBI tally by hitting a ground ball to just the right spot, scoring Costello and giving the Huskies a 1–0 lead. 

Sebastian Keane started things on the mound for the Huskies and, in contrast to most of the rest of the season, was red-hot out of the gate. Keane mowed down the Tigers through five innings, allowing only four hits and walking one while striking out five.

“I think he had that right mindset today,” Glavine said, “He also loves the hot weather, and it was 90 today, so he was just pumping early. I just think if he has that right frame of mind, his mechanics are where they need to be.”

Ian Fair went deep in the fourth inning to double the lead for Northeastern and gave Keane some breathing room. Not that he would need it, as he cruised through his start allowing a grand total of zero runs. Wyatt Scotti, making an usual appearance out of the pen due to the shorter-than-usual series, was next up, and pitched a blistering inning in relief. Both Keane and Scotti pitched at breakneck pace, making the game a shorter affair.

A throwing error in the sixth gave the Huskies their third run. In the next inning, Costello crushed a home run to left-center field that bounced off the top of the wall, increasing his side’s lead to four. JP Olson was next in on the action, as he smacked one over the fence to extend the Huskies lead to five in the ninth inning.

The stingy pitching from Keane and Scotti carried over to the rest of the bullpen, as James Quinlivan and Brandon Dufault pitched two smooth innings to close out the game. The Huskies took the series from the Tigers with the 5–0 win.

“It feels really good,” Glavine said of Saturday’s win. “This wasn’t just another regular game where we played a bunch of different guys. We wanted to win the series and go into the tournament feeling good. We wanted to win.”

19 and Counting: Early Onslaught and Schlittler Shutdown Defeat Delaware

By Milton Posner

NEWARK, DE — You ever looked at a playoff probability chart for a presumed title contender at the start of a season? The one that tells you they have a 95 percent chance of making the playoffs, then skyrockets to 99-point-whatever percent within two weeks as it becomes clear that the team isn’t going to blow it?

Friday afternoon’s baseball game between the Northeastern Huskies (29–6, 17–0 CAA) and the Delaware Blue Hens (10–21, 6–15 CAA) was that phenomenon in miniature. The Huskies pounced quickly, forcefully, and decisively, posting six runs in the first three innings and riding Cam Schlittler’s arm to an 8–1 win.

It was their 19th consecutive win, still the longest active streak in college baseball. A sweep in tomorrow’s doubleheader — which WRBB will broadcast live — will snap the 30-year-old team record in that category.

They wasted no time on Friday. Scott Holzwasser kickstarted the offense in the first inning with a clean single up the middle, adding to his growing footprint in the Northeastern record books.

Up next was Jared Dupere, who entered the game outslugging the rest of the conference by such a wide margin that the league will probably start forcing him to swing a toothpick instead of a bat. The Delaware outfield shifted rightward before Dupere smacked a ringing double right where the centerfielder would normally be positioned.

This plated Holzwasser for the game’s first run, but it also served as the opening salvo in one of the strangest storylines of the season. More on that lower down.

After giving up one run in the first inning, Delaware starter Chris Ludman gave up two in the second. He didn’t pitch poorly, but a hit-by-pitch to Ben Malgeri, a well-placed grounder from Teddy Beaudet, and a Spenser Smith infield single notched another run. Jeff Costello’s warning-track RBI sac fly, despite being the only hard-hit ball of the inning, was an out.

One run in the first, two runs in the second, you know where this is going. The Huskies’ third-inning three spot consisted almost exclusively of hard-hit balls. Dupere’s deep flyout to left wasn’t remarkable in itself, but the fear factor he brought with him to the plate was obvious.

“I have not seen that scenario before. I have not seen four guys in the outfield against us,” Northeastern head coach Mike Glavine said. “I actually like it in that scenario; there’s zero chance I’m going to bunt him, especially in this park. This park is completely different from ours. The ball flies out of here, the turf is fast, so they know we’re not going to bunt.”

The flyout ultimately made the shift irrelevant, but whatever, right? Delaware got their man. Only thing to do is move on to the next hitter, who hopefully won’t . . . 

Oops.

Oh, and Ludman also yielded a double to Danny Crossen in the next at-bat. But fair enough; Crossen entered the game with a CAA-best .398 batting average. And Ludman got the second out when Malgeri flew out. All he had to do was retire Ian Fair, who has underperformed expectations after being named the CAA Preseason . . . 

Yeah, there’s really nowhere safe to land in this Husky order. Their number seven hitter was predicted to be the best player in the conference this year, but arguably has been the eighth or ninth best hitter on his own team. God help the rest of the conference if he returns to peak form.

“It was good to see the longball,” Glavine said. “It’s a great hitters’ park and I expect to see a bunch more home runs this weekend.”

Unfortunately for anyone hoping Northeastern would continue their 1-2-3 pattern and score 45 runs on the afternoon, the Huskies did not score four runs in the fourth. They did score one in bizarre fashion, however, first loading the bases without a hit — error, error, intentional walk — then cashing in on . . . deep breath . . . a 5-4-3-2 fielder’s choice double play.

Credit Blue Hen first baseman Joseph Carpenter for being alert and smooth enough to gun down Holzwasser, or things could have gotten even further out of hand.

But the fielding prowess wouldn’t hang around for long, as Malgeri followed his one-out, fifth-inning double with a steal of third before an errant throw from catcher Jack Goan sent him home.

The Husky offense faltered from there, failing to score in the final four innings and allowing Ludman to finish on a high note. Glavine cited a lack of focus and the removal of the team’s collective foot from the gas pedal, but noted that “fortunately we had Schlittler on the mound dominating.”

Schlittler scattered eight hits across eight scoreless innings. And I do mean scattered; half of Delaware’s hits were doubles, they constantly had runners in scoring position, and yet Schlittler stranded them all, closing six different innings with a strikeout.

“He just pounded the strike zone. I thought he was very efficient,” Glavine said. “They weren’t swinging as well as they [usually] do, he was in attack mode, so there were a lot of quicker outs.”

Glavine wasn’t kidding. Of the 24 outs Schlittler recorded, 10 were strikeouts, six came on the first pitch of the at-bat, and three came on the second. Two weeks before, Glavine admitted that he regretted leaving Schlittler out there for an eighth inning in which he hit two batters, saying he shouldn’t have taken the energetic freshman’s word for it that he was still good to go. But today?

“I asked him after the seventh inning — I think he was at 94 pitches — how he felt, and his response was, ‘this is the best I’ve felt in a month,’” Glavine recalled. “It wasn’t, ‘yeah I feel good, coach, I’ve got it.’ It was ‘this is the best I’ve felt.’ That’s a much more definitive statement than me deciding that he feels good and wants to go back out there. He’s basically saying, ‘I’m going back out.’”

Glavine also noted that Schlittler looked better today than he did in the aforementioned start, that he wasn’t working as hard, and that the 70-something-degree weather helped. Throw in a sixth-inning relay that cut down a would-be Delaware run, and the result was a stat line that backed his coach’s confidence.

Schlittler improved to 6–0 on the season and dropped his ERA to 1.40. The latter trails only his teammate Wyatt Scotti among qualified CAA pitchers, although Schlittler has tossed 58 innings to Scotti’s 36.

Delaware finally pushed across a run in the ninth against Northeastern reliever James Quinlivan, but officially dropped their fifth game to Northeastern this season a few moments later.

Huskies Sweep Pride to Remain Undefeated in Conference

By Jack Sinclair

BROOKLINE, MA — Baseball is a beautiful game. It provides some of the most famous underdog stories in sports. So often, outmatched opponents pull out wins from under the noses of much better teams.

Northeastern has taken this and flipped it on its head. Very few teams in college baseball have been as consistent as the Huskies, and they proved it again on Sunday with an 11–0 win over the Hofstra Pride.

The Pride dropped the first three games of the series and came into Sunday with a chance to get back to winning ways. Freshman righty Wyatt Scotti started for the Huskies, giving the Pride the best shot at an early lead they’d had all series.

Scotti denied the Pride that opportunity, pitching like a seasoned veteran through eight innings of shutout ball, allowing only two hits, and putting up a pair of strikeouts to boot.

“He was awesome,” Northeastern head coach Mike Glavine said. “He’s having an incredible year. [He] flys right under the radar of [Kyle] Murphy, Sebastian [Keane], and [Cam] Schlittler.”

Scotti had his best control of the season, pounding the strike zone with his lethal mix of fastballs, curveballs, and changeups. Scotti had a rough first and third inning, but settled in to retire the last 15 batters he faced.

Northeastern’s bats got things started early, as Ryan Cervone, getting his first start of the weekend, knocked an RBI single into the gap in right center to score Jared Dupere. The Huskies scored one run in each of the first three innings, driving the score up to 3–0 by the time Scotti took the mound in the fourth.

Hofstra starter John Mikolaicyk was chased from the game in the fifth after plunking Scott Holzwasser and walking Dupere. Holzwasser stole third to put runners in the corners, but there was a bigger moment for the second baseman, as his 77th career stolen bag gave him the program record.

Reliever Brad Camarda came in to relieve the ailing starter and quickly began to struggle. Danny Crossen hit into a fielder’s choice off the first pitch of the at bat, driving Dupere across the plate. A sacrifice fly from Ian Fair boosted the Northeastern lead to five in as many innings. 

The Huskies struck again after the stretch, hanging three runs on the board. JP Olson got in on the fun, knocking in Kyle Peterson and Cervone with a triple to right-center field. Spenser Smith had an RBI ground-out before Jeff Costello followed suit to end the inning. 

The bottom of the eighth saw Dupere do what he had done all weekend long: hit dingers. A mammoth two-run blast that cleared the bleachers in right field set the tone for the frame, as the Huskies continued to hit the ball very, very hard. Cervone and Crossen each barreled the ball, but couldn’t keep the ball out of the Pride’s gloves. Fair poked a single through the gap and stole second, which allowed Peterson to drive him in with a single, giving the Huskies their 11th run.

Northeastern will make the trip down to Hempstead, New York to play Hofstra again this Wednesday. It’s a quick turnaround for a team that has played four games in three days, but Glavine was confident in his team’s ability to take care of themselves.

“Tomorrow is just a recovery day,” he said, “We really preach eating well, getting sleep, and how they help us win.”

Huskies Extend Win Streak to NCAA-Best 16

By Adam Doucette

BROOKLINE, MA — Northeastern baseball continued their NCAA-leading win streak Saturday with a doubleheader sweep against the Hofstra Pride. The two wins moved them to 14–0 in conference play and 26–6 overall, and built their win streak to 16 games.

“We try to have fun with it,” Northeastern head coach Mike Glavine said of the streak. “I’m sure there’s a little added pressure, but at the end of the day it’s something to be proud of.”

On the day that the seniors were honored before the action began, redshirt senior Kyle Murphy started game one for the Huskies. He went seven innings, giving up only three runs on four hits in the 5–3 win.

“These guys have given us contributions in so many different ways,” Glavine said of the senior class. “Just great teammates, great people — they’ve given the university a ton, given me a ton, given each other a ton, and they’re not done yet.”

The Pride jumped out to an early lead on a long home run by first baseman Rob Weissheier, but Husky second baseman Scott Holzwasser answered in the bottom of the first with a solo shot of his own to tie the game.

In the fourth inning, Husky third baseman Danny Crossen slapped a double down the left field line to score Jared Dupere. It was one of three hits in the game for Crossen.

The scoring let up until the top of the sixth, when Weissheier smashed his second home run of the game to give the Pride a 3–2 edge heading to the bottom of the frame. The Huskies again answered the bell on a Teddy Beaudet single to right field to score Crossen and center fielder Ben Malgeri, making it 4–3.

It was again Beaudet with a sacrifice bunt in the eighth to score Crossen and finish up the scoring. It was Crossen’s second time crossing the plate.

Pride starting pitcher Jimmy Joyce struck out 10 through seven innings, but it wasn’t enough to tame the Huskies’ offensive firepower.

“First game was tough, the seniors were great today, and Joyce was awesome for them, so we had to battle,” Glavine said.

While game one featured top-end pitching, game two was a slugfest. Holzwasser scored on a Max Viera single in the bottom of the first, but it was the second inning that was memorable. The Husky offense exploded for eight runs in an inning featuring RBI singles by Crossen and catcher JP Olson, plus a Jeff Costello grand slam that hit the foul pole in left.

The Pride got on the board in the fourth inning on a two-run homer from Santino Rosso, but the Huskies kept it coming with a run in the fifth on a flyout from Olson and the sixth on a homer from Dupere, his CAA-best fourteenth of the year.

“He’s a way better player than I ever was,” Glavine said. “He can run, he can defend, he’s got tremendous power, and he’s a game changer for us . . . he’s clutch.”

The Huskies closed it out with a plethora of pitchers in a rocky ninth inning featuring Thomas Balboni, Owen Batchelder, Craig Demers, and Owen Langan. The Pride added two more runs, but ultimately fell 14–8.

Northeastern starting pitcher Sebastian Keane went 5 ⅓, giving up four earned runs in a performance that was more than enough for the Huskies to get the win.

“Game two was kind of a wild game and didn’t have any flow, but overall I thought we played great today,” Glavine said. “I think they expect to win, but I don’t think they’re overconfident and that’s a fine line. I think we’re in the right place mentally right now, and it’s fun to watch.”

The Huskies finish up the four-game series with the Pride Sunday at 1 PM Eastern at Friedman Diamond. Jack Sinclair will have the call for WRBB.

Pride and Pop Outs: Huskies beat Hofstra 13–1

By Jack Sinclair

BROOKLINE, MA — When a team wins, and keeps winning, it can be extremely difficult to find areas to improve. But for the 23–6 Northeastern Huskies, who came into this weekend with a 13-game winning streak, improving comes naturally.

Northeastern and Hofstra met on the Friedman Diamond for the first of a four-game series. The Huskies entered the CAA matchup undefeated in conference play (11–0), while the Pride came in with a 6–9 record. 

Cam Schlittler got things started for the Huskies on the mound. The right-handed freshman started strong, striking out three of his first six batters.

“You want to pitch ahead and force that hitter to be a little bit antsy,” he said. “[Cam] was really good at [getting] strike one today, it was after strike one where he struggled. Today was not his sharpest day late in counts.”

His struggles would not matter too much, as he had plenty of help. The Huskies jumped out to a 3–0 lead in the first inning, helped by a bizarre course of events which saw two runs score after a strikeout. Jared Dupere was the victim, but he reached safely thanks to the dropped third strike. A Danny Crossen double drove him home, rounding out the inning.

Hofstra starter Jack Jett settled down in the second, only to immediately struggle again in the third. Dupere was again the culprit, but instead of striking out, the stocky slugger smacked a home run over the right field wall, increasing his team’s lead to four. Max Viera stepped in next and followed suit, sending a high fly ball over the fence in left field. 

It was a nice change of pace from the small-ball style of play the Huskies had shown earlier in the year.

“I felt all along that our power was coming,” Glavine said. “I’m not surprised that we hit some home runs today.”

The same tandem struck again in the fifth; Dupere stole second and Viera poked a double down the third base line to drive him in. The revolving door around the basepaths kept turning, as Crossen hit one through the gap to score Viera. Ben Malgieri followed suit, scoring Viera and inflating the Husky lead to eight.

Hofstra loaded up the bases with no outs in the fourth inning, but some clutch pitching from Schlittler induced a double play. Hofstra scored a run, but were massively limited in their options from there. It’s not like it would have mattered, as Schlittler struck out the next man up to retire the side. 

Dupere continued to show no mercy to the baseball, as he hit his 13th home run of the year in the sixth, this time to the opposite field.

Glavine handed the ball over to Brian Rodriguez in the seventh. The reliever showed some cracks, but fought past a leadoff double to retire the top of the Pride order. The bottom half of the frame saw Jett exit and reliever Mike Mirando take over. Mirando struggled, just like Jett. He loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh, allowing Jeff Costello to drive in a run. Mirando held the Huskies to just one run, and Henry Ennen took over for the Huskies.

Ennen went one-two-three through the top of the eighth, before allowing his team’s bats to take over. Dupere notched a leadoff single that saw him reach second base on an error. Corey DiLoreto stepped up to pinch hit and sent a long fly ball over the fence in right field, making the score 13–1.

Rick Burroni took the mound to close out the game, and just like Rodriguez, allowed a leadoff hit. The sidearm slinger maintained his composure, striking out the next batter before inducing a double play to end the game. The Huskies efforts paid off, as they came away with a 13–1 win and 16 hits to show for it.

The action continues with tomorrow’s doubleheader, with games at 11 AM and 2 PM Eastern time. Jack Sinclair and Adam Doucette will call both for WRBB.

Huskies Sweep Tigers for 13th Straight Win

Story by Milton Posner

Photos by Sarah Olender

BROOKLINE, MA — The first three games of the Northeastern–Towson series were largely defined by quality starting pitching, difference-making defense, and the sort of persistent small ball teams play when the wind plucks fly balls out of the air.

But on Sunday afternoon . . . all of that kept happening.

The result was the same, too. The Huskies (23–6, 11–0 CAA) completed their sweep of the Tigers (15–29, 5–7 CAA) with a 3–1 victory. It was their 13th consecutive win and matched the 1991 team for the best start to a season in program history.

The small ball was especially pronounced from the start. The teams’ combined total of seven hits in the first six innings doesn’t seem especially unusual until you examine a few things. First, there were no hits for either team through three innings, only four walks and a hit-by-pitch.

But even when the hits started coming, things weren’t normal. The first base knock of the game, a Billy Godrick line drive smoked over the head of Northeastern left fielder Jeff Costello, was rendered moot when Costello barehanded the ball off the wall and coolly fired a laser into second.

Both of Husky third baseman Danny Crossen’s hits were fairly regular line drive knocks, but the other four hits in the first six innings weren’t. Javon Fields’s hit should have been an error on Northeastern shortstop Spenser Smith, Smith’s own hit was a bunt, Jared Dupere’s was a line drive off the pitcher, and Max Viera’s was a ground ball fielded by the shortstop.

None left the infield. It was the smallest of small ball. Puny ball.

This was attributable partly to the persistent wind, but also to the brilliance of the two starting pitchers. Towson’s Danny Madden ceded four walks and three hits in five innings, but timely outs stranded five Northeastern runners and limited the damage to one run.

“We’re just struggling to have a big inning right now,” Northeastern head coach Mike Glavine said of the team’s approach. “I was probably trying to put some bunts on because I didn’t like what I was seeing and just wanted to put pressure on them. We just couldn’t get the big hits, and I think that’s the last really big piece of our offense right now.”

Northeastern hurler Wyatt Scotti fared even better, striking seven batters and allowing only five baserunners over seven scintillating innings. His start was part of an excellent run of starting pitching for the Huskies, who got 28 ⅔ innings of five-run ball from their starters over the course of the Towson series.

The Tigers did manage a run after Scotti hit one batter and walked another, but the final nail in the coffin wasn’t of his doing. With runners on first and third with two out, Scotti picked Noah Cabrera off of first. When Billy Godrick took off from third, the Husky infielders couldn’t snap off a throw home in time to beat him.

“They certainly intentionally did something; we just didn’t run the defense properly,” Glavine lamented. “Give them credit. They forced us to make plays all game. If we don’t make plays, they capitalize. We didn’t make the right decision there.”

“And then I probably messed up the other one,” Glavine continued, referring to Northeastern’s failed attempt at the same play in the fifth inning. “I was trying to get a run there myself. I wanted Spenser to be aggressive there once they threw the ball; we just went a little bit early and they got us.”

That said, the Huskies did plate a game-tying run immediately before the failed steal, as Scott Holzwasser’s sac fly scored JP Olson. Holzwasser also notched a diving catch that was somehow more spectacular than the one he recorded on Saturday afternoon. Here’s Saturday’s:

And here’s Sunday’s:

Things really came to a head in the eighth inning. With the score still deadlocked 1–1, Towson’s Jake McLaughlin singled, then Burke Camper followed with a bunt to the first-base side of the mound. Holzwasser, first baseman Ian Fair, and pitcher Jake Gigliotti converged on the rolling ball, which Fair fielded. With Holzwasser and Gigliotti failing to get to the bag in time, Fair missed a desperation tag before flipping the ball to empty space. The ball trickled away as McLaughlin advanced to third.

“I didn’t think we were sharp today,” Glavine admitted. “It was a struggle executing some stuff fundamentally, we made a lot of mistakes.”

But Fair redeemed himself on the next play with a gorgeous glove flip to home on a Towson squeeze attempt. Then, after a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases, the Huskies escaped the inning unscathed when Godrick hit into a 6-4-3 double play. Replays showed that Godrick was just barely safe, but the Huskies took the win as Godrick slammed his helmet on the ground in frustration and strolled aimlessly toward the outfield.

In the bottom of the frame, the Huskies finally shattered the small-ball streak. Center fielder Ben Malgeri doubled, then Fair, who has largely underperformed expectations after being named CAA Preseason Player of the Year, tripled home the go-ahead run.

“I thought he was on the ball today. I thought his swings were close all game, had a chance to leave the yard or drive a gap,” Glavine said. “He’s still swinging and missing more than he ever normally does; his feet are going a little bit too much and his head’s moving. But I also felt like he was aggressive.”

Olson flew out to center to score Fair from third, providing an insurance run for Husky reliever David Stiehl, who recorded the save. Glavine said his use of five different relievers across just 7 ⅓ relief innings in the series — Eric Yost and Brandon Dufault appeared twice — reflects something more than depth.

“I don’t really like to give the guys set roles,” he explained. “They probably want them; I don’t like to give them to ‘em. I want them ready. When I call your number, you be ready. And I think they learn to embrace that. Today I called Gigliotti’s number. I didn’t think he was very sharp. We kinda made some plays for him, and he made pitches when he had to.”

“Yost is a little bit of everything, so he doesn’t really know his role either,” Glavine added. “I think it’s going to make us a better team in the long run . . . That way, when you get into the [CAA] Tournament, you’ll be prepared.”

Huskies Sweep Blue Hens to Stay Undefeated in Conference

Story by Milton Posner

Photos by Sadie Parker

BROOKLINE, MA — Saturday’s doubleheader was a showcase of just how many ways Northeastern can beat you.

In the first game it was about bunts, the running game, and elite pitching, as the Huskies eked out a 3–1 victory. In the second it was relentless and overwhelming downhill pressure — both from the mighty bat of Jared Dupere and the collective speed of the Huskies — that launched them to a 9–4 win.

The upshot? The Huskies moved to 19–6 on the season and 7–0 in conference play, and thus retained their status as the only undefeated team in either CAA division. The Delaware Blue Hens, who entered the weekend an even 4–4 in conference play, took a massive hit, as the Huskies smacked them around to the tune of four wins in 30 hours.

Northeastern head coach Mike Glavine noted that only consistent teamwide energy can earn that kind of sweep in such a condensed time frame.

“A lot of cheering and pushing for each other,” he explained. “The bench has to help, the bullpen has to help, the coaches have to give some energy to the guys because clearly they were tired, and so was Delaware. We talk about being mentally engaged; mental toughness is a real thing, especially playing four games in two days. We feel like if we can win that, we’re going to win games.”

The first game’s 3–1 score masks its true identity as a pitchers’ duel. Northeastern’s Cam Schlittler and Delaware’s Wyatt Nelson fought valiantly, with Schlittler tossing seven frames and Nelson six, each of them allowing just one earned run. Schlittler’s run came early, as Delaware left fielder Aidan Kane pulled a fastball into the right field seats in the second inning.

“Cam and Seb throw hard,” Glavine said, also noting game two starter Sebastian Keane, “so they are susceptible to the home run ball because guys will try to smash fastballs off them.”

Glavine also added that Schlittler and Keane hadn’t pitched in two weeks, and that they were still trying to regain their rhythm and stamina. But Schlittler settled in nicely after the homer, retiring 11 batters in a row between the third and sixth innings to wrap up a gem.

Nelson fared brilliantly in the early going. He deliberately and consistently disrupted Northeastern’s prodigious running game, holding the ball when necessary and firing countless competitive pickoff throws. And though it’s hard to argue that Northeastern consistently got the better of him — only one of the three runs he allowed was earned — the Huskies’ small ball started cooking in the middle innings.

It began in the fourth inning, when a Jeff Costello bunt single, a passed ball, a groundout, and an Ian Fair single evened the game at one run apiece. It continued in the sixth, when a Danny Crossen walk, a wild pitch, an errant pickoff throw, and a Costello single gave the Huskies their first lead. And it concluded in the seventh, when a Teddy Beaudet single, a Spenser Smith bunt single, a Ben Malgeri bunt single, and a Dupere groundout plated an insurance run.

Taken together: three runs on six singles (three of which were bunts), two errant pitches, two groundouts, a walk, and an error. And as if that weren’t enough proof of the Huskies’ small-ball skill, Malgeri’s seventh-inning bunt single came after another bunt single in the same at-bat, after which he was called back for stepping outside the batter’s box. So he just hopped back in the box and did it again.

It only took about ten minutes for everyone to realize that the second game would be won by different means.

Dupere, who turned heads on Tuesday with a 479-foot bomb over the auxiliary press box in right-field, took a 3-2 pitch from Delaware starter Mike Biasiello and launched it into the Charles River.

Thing is, Delaware’s non-conference schedule took place in two-game increments. For much of the year, they’ve gotten by with two effective starters and their bullpen. But with four-game conference series squished into three days (two in this case), they’ve had to deploy pitchers who aren’t used to starting.

Biasiello, who made his first start Saturday afternoon after six appearances out of the pen, was such a pitcher, and it showed. After Dupere’s two-run jack, Biasiello ceded another run, as Corey DiLoreto and Kyle Peterson each notched the first of their three hits on the day.

Biasiello’s struggles only amplified in the second when he hit Scott Holzwasser with one out. Not exactly out of the ordinary, as Holzwasser holds the program career record for beanballs. But when he quickly swiped second, Biasiello increasingly lost his composure, and with it, his command.

Unfortunately, the next batter to stand in was Max Viera, who was playing his first game in more than a month after recovering from injury. Biasiello lost control of a slider, which evaded Viera’s helmet, smashed into his left cheek, and forced him out of the game.

“It stinks,” Glavine lamented. “He’s been out for almost five weeks and gets a base hit in his first at-bat . . . He was cut, he’s going to need stitches, but hopefully that’s all it’s going to be. I checked in with him; he wasn’t concussed. I asked him how his teeth were and he said ‘fine.’”

Biasiello, by this point rattled for a few different reasons, quickly fired in a wild pitch that allowed the runners to advance to second and third. After intentionally walking Dupere (fair enough), he allowed singles to Crossen, DiLoreto, and Peterson, with a Costello RBI sac fly mixed in. By the time Biasiello gave way to Winston Allen, the Huskies had piled on four runs in the second and led 7–0.

It was a display of just how many ways the Huskies could pressure opposing pitchers, with their running game chief among them.

“We try to get jumps,” Glavine explained. “I know it looks like we’re dancing a little bit. When pitchers are quick to the plate we’ve got to change what we do. We don’t want to be one-dimensional. We’re hopping back and forth, and if we get the hop we keep on going.”

Dupere’s power in the third spot was certainly another factor, and he made that fact eminently clear to anyone who happened to be in the bathroom in the first inning.

It was at that point that the fans in attendance began wondering if the baseballs had somehow wronged Dupere in a past life. Or what the neighbors thought of being constantly pelted.

The teams scored offsetting runs in the seventh to bring the score to a final 9–4. Combine that with six solid innings from the hard-throwing, quick-working Keane, and the four-game sweep was a reminder of the team’s versatility and balance.

“You see that we can play tight games and win them, which is an incredible asset to have,” Glavine said. “We can come from behind like we did in game two [on Friday]. We can have big innings like we did today — power, speed. And we can pitch it. I think we’re an extremely talented team, I think we’re mentally tough, and I think we’re going to get on a roll here. Our best baseball is still ahead of us.”