Huskies sweep Towson; Ferguson named National Player of the Week
In a three game set at Friedman Diamond the Huskies proved their is a pulse in the clubhouse, with sights of finishing strong and securing a winning season with a sweep of the Towson Tigers. One of the most competitive series in all of the 2012 campaign, the Huskies walked off with a win in game one, and scored 10 unanswered runs over the last three innings of game two. Sunday’s game three saw Kevin Ferguson throw a 1-hit complete game which earned him National Player of the Week named by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. A much needed sweep for an NU team that was riding a 6 game CAA losing streak, the 14-21 Huskies now have the opportunity with 13 games remaining to finish above .500 for the first time since 2009.
GAME ONE: Win 5-4 Entering the ninth inning down 4-3, the Huskies plated 2 runs in the final frame to walk off with the opener. Andrew Leenhouts was one out shy of a complete game effort which saw him strike out 9 over 8.2 innings pitched allowing 4 runs on 7 hits. Sam Berg would come in to throw one pitch in the top of the ninth to end the frame before the comeback.
NU jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third courtesy of a steal of home by Aaron Barbosa, and back to back RBI singles from Matt Miller and Rob Fonseca. Towson responded with 2 runs of their own in the fifth, and took the 4-3 lead an inning later after back to back homers to lead off the sixth. A two-out walk by Oliver Hart in the bottom of the ninth, followed by a Towson error from shortstop Hunter Bennett and a walk to Connor Lyons loaded the bases for leadoff man and Husky leading hitter Aaron Barbosa. After a wild pitch tied the game at 4, Barbosa singled in the winning run for the 5-4 walk-off win.
GAME TWO: Win 10-1 Towson manufactured a quick 1-0 lead in the second inning as Kurtis Voytell walked, stole second and scored on an RBI single from Ben Winter. Aside from that blip on the radar the Huskies pitching staff received a shot in the arm from Nick Berger (6 IP 5H 1R; W 3-3) and Dylan Maki (3IP 1H 0R; Save 2) in holding the Tiger bats at bay.
Through five innings Towson starter Michael Trionfo held NU scoreless allowing only 2 hits, yet the bottom of the sixth saw a scoring onslaught which plated 7 consecutive Huskies. Jon Leroux was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning followed by a walk, single, walk, 2RBI single from Matt Miller, 2RBI triple from Rob Fonseca and RBI single from Jason Vosler before two consecutive fly outs to right field. Batting for the second time in the inning, Leroux would hit an RBI triple before C Lyons was out advancing to end the frame 8-1.
The Huskies would add two more runs in the eighth with a bases loaded 2 run single from John Puttress. Maki retired the final nine Towson batters to preserve the win.
GAME THREE: Win 2-0 Kevin Ferguson was simply brilliant. His complete game one hitter earned him national accolades as he improved the 5-3 on the season and lowered his ERA to 3.02 good for fifth best in the CAA. Ferguson faced the minimum (27 batters) as he allowed his only base runner in the top of the third when Kurt Wentz singled up the middle, but catcher Jon Leroux promptly picked him off mere pitches later. Ferguson needed only 93 pitches in striking out 9 batters and walking none in the matinee which lasted only 1 hour and 58 minutes. All season long Ferguson has shown this type of ability as this is the seventh time this year in which Ferguson has pitched past the sixth inning, third time he has thrown at least eight innings and first complete game of his career.
The Huskies stranded a runner at third base with out in the second and third, then again in the fourth with two outs. Finally in the sixth inning NU plated a run in support of Ferguson’s effort when Matt Miller scored on a wild pitch after walking to lead off the inning. The Huskies would add an insurance run in the eighth when Barbosa singled, stole second, advanced to third on a ground out and scored courtesy of another Tiger wild pitch.
-Barbosa .500 (7/14) 1RBI, 3R, 1GW RBI
-Leroux .364 (4/11) 1RBI, 3R
-Fonseca .400 (4/10) 2RBI, 1R
-Miller .400 (4/10) 3RBI, 3R
-Ferguson 9 IP; 1H; 0R; 0BB; 9K; 27 Batters faced; 93 Pitches
- Berg W; 1 Pitch!