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Huskies Drop Two in a Row to Bay State Rivals

May 4th, 2012

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.

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Huskies sweep Towson; Ferguson named National Player of the Week

May 4th, 2012

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.

WEEKEND PERFORMERS:

-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!

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April 30th, 2012

Tuesday, May 1

2:50 p.m. – Huskies Baseball Pre-Game
3:00 p.m. – Northeastern Baseball: Huskies at Boston College Eagles
from Shea Field in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
with Jared Shafran and Alex Faust
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Nowhere to go but up for Husky baseball team

April 23rd, 2012

The Husky baseball team is reeling. There is nothing more to say. They are 1-8 in CAA conference play. A weekend sweep to the hands of UNC- Wilmington has put NU alone in the basement of the Colonial Athletic Conference. The first place Seahawks improved to 15-3 in the CAA and lead George Mason by 3.5 games.

The three game series saw the Huskies get out hit 39-21 and outscored 34-7. Seahawks starting pitchers Tyler McSwain and Matt Batt both pitched complete games respectively in games one and two.

The sweep leaves NU with a 2-14 record in the previous 16 games and 14-21 overall. BIG PICTURE! If they go 7-7 the Huskies could be sitting right in the thick of things within the CAA. The Huskies starting pitchers run into trouble around the sixth inning week in and week out, the offense has lacked timely hitting with runners in scoring position and the bullpen remains a revolving door. Over those sixteen games the Huskies rode both six and seven game losing streaks.

From March 30- April 23, NU had four conference weekend series that resulted in sweeps to Virginia Commonwealth, James Madison and now UNCW and lost 2 out of 3 to George Mason for their lone CAA win on the season.

Sitting at 14-21 on the campaign with 16 games remaining the Huskies have the opportunity to redeem themselves in the CAA and make a jump in the standings with 12 conferences matchups versus Towson, Hofstra, Old Dominion and Delaware.

Four non-league New England matchups round out the remaining schedule with a game at Friedman Diamond and rematches versus Boston College, UMass and URI.

A young core to this team should be capable of finishing at least .500 by aiding the six seniors in the final campaign. Look for Barbosa and Puttress to continue to set the table for the dynamic freshman tandem of Jason Vosler and Rob Fonseca who have combined for 11 home runs and 55 RBI. Jon Leroux has been a steady veteran presence all season at DH and behind the plate while hitting .318 with 3 home runs and 23 RBI.

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April 23rd, 2012

Saturday, April 28

3:00 p.m. – Northeastern Baseball: Huskies vs. Towson Tigers
from Friedman Diamond
with Andy Towne
Game broadcast on WRBB Sports Extra

Sunday, April 29

1:00 p.m. – Northeastern Baseball: Huskies vs. Towson Tigers
from Friedman Diamond
with Alex Faust
Game broadcast on WRBB Sports Extra

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UMass hands Huskies their eighth straight loss in Beanpot opener

April 12th, 2012

In a tight ball game at LeLacheur Field in Lowell, MA Husky starter Matt Cook fared well in his sixth start of the season going 7 strong inning allowing 4 runs on 4 hits but the Huskies once again could not come up with timely hitting.

After a run a piece in the second, the score was tied in the bottom of the fourth when Cook made his most pivotal mistake of the afternoon. On a 1-1 count the sophomore hung a breaking ball to UMass third basemen Nik Campero who proceeded to clear the bases with his first career home run giving the Minuteman a 3-1 lead

UMass would manufacture another insurance run in the bottom of the sixth as junior Anthony Serino walked, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and came home on a RBI single by Adam Picard.

The three run cushion proved to be all UMass would need as starting pitcher Connor LeBlanc and two UMass relievers held the Husky offense at bay, allowing only 2 hits over the final 6 frames.

The Beanpot final will see UMass play a Harvard team who beat Boston College 5-2 in the other opening game.

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Easter weekend sweep to James Madison sends Huskies to bottom of CAA standings

April 11th, 2012

A weekend sweep in Harrisonburg, VA to JMU now puts NU tied for last place in Colonial league play with a 3-9 conference record. The Huskies now are one game behind JMU who leapfrogged them in the standings with the sweep. JMU took game one by a score of 14-6; game two 3-2; and game three 16-7.

On the weekend the Huskies were outscored 33 to 15, outhit 46 to 26 and committed 8 compared to JMU’s 2.

Game one saw Andrew Leenhouts get shelled as he allowed 7 runs on 10 hits in only 4 innings. He also had 3 walks and has now lost his last two starts falling to 3-2 on the season.

John Leroux spotted Leenhouts and the Huskies a two-run lead with a 2RBI homer in the first, which was given right back as JMU tacked on 2 against the senior lefty. Rob Fonseca gave NU a 4-2 lead with a two-run double in the third, but one inning later is when JMU erupted for 5 runs off of Leenhouts.

JMU would add 7 more runs in the sixth of reliever Sam Berg before Michael Murphy came in to throw 2.2 innings of 1-hit ball. Jason Roth pinch-hitting in the ninth blasted a solo shot for his first hit on the season in his first plate appearance.

Game two saw the only competitive action of the weekend as the Huskies held a 2-1 lead after five innings of play courtesy of two back-to-back RBI singles from Jason Vosler in the fourth and the fifth innings respectively.

Despite allowing 11 hits over 7 innings of work, Kevin Ferguson battled all afternoon and only allowed 3 earned runs on 110 pitches. Ferguson took the loss dropping to 4-2 on the season and also losing his second start in a row.

The James Madison bullpen was perfect on the afternoon throwing 4 innings of no-hit ball after relieving starter Michael Howerton paving the way for the 3-2 victory.

Game three was much like game one where Husky starting pitcher Nick Berger allowed 6 runs on 9hits over 3 innings. Dylan Maki came in for relief in the fourth and allowed whopping 10 runs on 11 hits in 4.2 innings pitched.

It was a back and forth game for much of the afternoon as the Huskies jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead after the first but relinquished it rather quickly as JMU responded with 4 of their own. NU pulled within one run in the second, fourth and fifth inning but the bottom of the eighth saw the Dukes blow things open with a 7 run bombardment of the lefty Maki.

NU committed 4 errors on the day and was out hit 20 to 11. The Huskies could not come up with the timely hits Coach McPhee was looking for in critical situations en route to the 16-7 loss.

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QuickCast: Baseball Beanpot Semifinal vs. UMass

April 11th, 2012

Matt Cook throws 7 solid innings but gives up a 2-run home run in the 4th, while the Huskies offense struggles and falls 4-1 to UMass in the Beanpot.

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April 9th, 2012

Tuesday, April 10

23rd Annual Baseball Beanpot – Semifinal
5:50 p.m. – Huskies Baseball Pre-Game
6:00 p.m. – Northeastern Baseball: Huskies vs. UMass-Minutemen
from Lelacheur Park in Lowell, Mass.
with Alex Faust and David Kroopnick
Game broadcast on WRBB-FM

Friday, April 13

3:00 p.m. – Northeastern Baseball: Huskies vs. George Mason Patriots
from Friedman Diamond in Brookline, Mass.
with Andy Towne and TBA
Game broadcast on WRBB-FM

Saturday, April 14

12:00 p.m. – Northeastern Baseball: Huskies vs. George Mason Patriots
from Friedman Diamond in Brookline, Mass.
with Andy Towne and David Kroopnick
Game broadcast on WRBB Sports Extra

Sunday, April 15

1:00 p.m. – Northeastern Baseball: Huskies vs. George Mason Patriots
from Friedman Diamond in Brookline, Mass.
with Patrick McHugh and Coray Runge
Game broadcast on WRBB Sports Extra

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