Huskies Drop Two in a Row to Bay State Rivals
The Huskies lost the consolation Beanpot matchup versus Boston College 12-6 at Friedman Diamond and a day later dropped a heart breaker to UMass 7-6 at Earl Lorden Field in Amherst. At six games under .500 the Huskies head to Hempstead, NY this weekend to face a Hofstra team that is looking for a sweep sitting just three games behind UNC-Wilmington for first place in the Colonial league standings.
Vs. BC L 12-6: The Huskies jumped out to a fast start led by senior captain Matt Miller who scored off a Rob Fonseca double in the first to put NU up 1-0. Two innings later after a four pitch walk to John Puttress, Miller took a 1-0 pitch deep over the left field fence for his first home run of the year and 3-0 lead. The Eagles would respond in the fifth with a 6 run outburst which saw NU starter Sam Berg (L 1-3) get only one out while serving up a grand slam to Marc Perdios, and allowing an RBI single to Tom Bourdon before coming out in favor of reliever Mike Hanlon who allowed an RBI double before inducing a pop up to end the threat at 6-3.
In the top of the sixth Jon Leroux hit a 2 run homer cutting the lead at 6-5 but the Husky bullpen was ineffective in keeping the game close and allowed 3 runs in the in the bottom of the sixth and eighth innings respectively. The Huskies would manufacture one run in the seventh when Barbosa walked, stole second and scored on a Miller double to make it 9-6 but were retired in order to end the game.
Vs. UMass L 7-6 Husky starter Matt Cook didn’t pitch bad, but he certainly was not great either. Cook allowed 6 hits and 6 runs (4 earned) but ran into trouble right from the get go allowing 3 runs in the first inning, 1 in the third and 2 more in the fourth. Cook put the leadoff man on via hit by pitch in the first and leadoff walks in the third and fourth, all three BC base runners eventually scored the first run of those innings. Freshman Jason Vosler who has proven to be a future cog in the Husky order with timely hitting all season simply could not get it done when his team needed it the most. Vosler was 0-2 with Matt Miller on third base, once with the game tied at 3 in the third and again in the seventh down 6-4.
The Minutemen would add an insurance run in the seventh to go up 7-4 which proved costly an NU would stage some late game heroics. A two out Aaron Barbosa RBI single plated Connor Lyons who previously walked, pinch hitter Ricky Salvucci followed with an RBI single scoring Jason Roth who previously singled making the score 7-6, and putting runners on the corners for Miller who entered the at bat 3-3. Minuteman closer Leif Sorensen came into face Miller who smacked a sinking liner to right which appeared to be the game tying hit, yet UMass right fielder Kyle Adie made a diving snare to end the threat. Sorensen came out to sit down the Huskies 1-2-3 for his seventh save of the season, tying a UMass school record.