The Northeastern Huskies won the Baseball Beanpot 2-0 over the Boston College Eagles on Wednesday afternoon at Fenway Park. Dan Milano hit an RBI single to drive in Mike Lyon with the first run of the game and took second base on the throw to the plate. The Huskies used some small ball tactics to get Milano home as he advanced to third on a fly out to the outfield and came home on a sacrifice fly by James Donaldson to stake Northeastern to the 2-0 lead. The Eagles only got five hits in the game with Jett Ruiz and Michael Belfiore each getting two hits in the game. Husky pitchers Sheldon McDonald, Bobby Carrington, Dan Zehr, and Ryan Quigley all combined to give Northeastern the shutout victory over BC. Bobby Carrington (1-0) got the victory by working two innings while Ryan Quigley picked up his fifth save. Ted Ratliff picks up the loss to drop to 4-2 on the season.
The Boston College Eagles (16-21-1) will head to Fenway Park this Wednesday to take on the Northeastern Huskies in the Beanpot Final. BC is coming off a weekend sweep over Wake Forest in which they had walk-off wins on Friday and Saturday, On Sunday, the Eagles offense came together and put an 18 hit attack to blow out the Demon Deacons 11-5. The Eagles will probably send Ted Ratliff to the mound who has been a very solid mid-week starter. He enters with a 4-1 record and a 4.69 ERA.
Northeastern enters Wednesday game with a solid 19-10 record and took two out of three games with Georgia State this past weekend. The Huskies have been getting solid pitching throughout the season with a Team ERA of 4.80. The Huskies are led on offense by Mike Tamsin (.364 BA) and Dan Milano (.351 BA, 8 HR). The Huskies are expected to start Dan Zehr who is 3-2 with a 4.50 ERA.
I would like to see a great crowd at Fenway on Wednesday supporting college baseball in New England. The weather is suppose to be fine and enjoy a day of baseball at Fenway Park. It is not too often that you can get box seats at Fenway for five bucks.
Harvard will not be participating in the consolation game because of a scheduling conflict with Yale. According to the UMass Athletics site, They will take on Holy Cross at 12pm.
The Boston College Eagles picked up a 5-2 victory over Harvard in Lynn Massachusetts in the opening round of the 2007 Baseball Beanpot. The Eagles received a complete game from Ted Ratliff who only allowed eight hits and two runs in his nine innings. Boston College was led on offense by Joseph Ayers who went 2-3 with an RBI for the only multiple hit game by a BC player. Harvard used a combination of nine pitchers as they used this game as preparation for their big series against Brown this weekend which will likely decided the Red Rolfe division title. Harvard offensive leader was Brendan Byrne who went 3-4 with a run scored.
In the other game in the Beanpot, Northeastern pounded UMass 17-6 at Friedman Diamond to put the Huskies in the Beanpot final next Wednesday at Fenway Park against Boston College. The Huskies used a four run first inning to jump on the Minutemen early and never gave them a chance to get comfortable in Brookline.
The Northeastern Huskies used five homers to get a 9-3 victory over James Madison in Game 2 of the CAA conference showdown. Jeff Thomson picked up the victory for Northeastern by working 7.2 innings while giving up three runs to up his record to 3-2 on the season. James Madison starter Justin Wood only lasted 4.0 innings while giving up six runs on nine hits. Northeastern was led by Frank Pesanello went 3-4 with two runs and three RBIs which all came on his two homers. The teams will play the final game of their three game set at 1 pm Sunday where James Madison will try to salvage a game.
James Madison Recap
Dan Houston got his first start of the season on Tuesday and took full advantage as he led the Eagles to a 10-3 victory over cross-town rival Northeastern. Houston went eight innings while only surrendering two earned runs on nine hits. He picked up his second victory on the season as Dan is making his transition back into a starter’s role as he filled miserably as the team’s closer during the opening weekends. Eric Campbell hit his second home run in as many days to lead the Eagle offense. Northeastern starter Dan Zehr got the loss by only lasting 4.0 innings while giving up seven runs. His record drops to 1-2 on the year. Northeastern will return to action on Wednesday when they visit Marist while BC is off until Thursday when they host North Carolina for a three game set. The CBB might be in attendance for the series depending on the weather.
William & Mary picked up a 9-3 victory over Northeastern to take the series two games to one. Pat Kantakevich pitched 7.0 innings while scattering ten hits and three runs to pick up the victory.
William & Mary Recap
Game 1 Delaware 9 Towson 8
Game 2 Towson 9 Delaware 8
The Delaware Blue Hens and Towson Tigers split a doubleheader on Sunday each won a game by the same exact score of 9-8.
Hofstra 9 George Mason 7
The Hofstra Pride picked up their first win in the CAA with a 9-7 victory over George Mason. Matt Prokopowicz went 2 for 2 in the victory with a homer, three runs scored, and two RBI in the victory.
Northeastern has added Mike Glavine to their coaching staff for the upcoming season Head Coach Neil McPhee announced. Glavine was recently inducted into the Northeastern Sports Hall of Fame in October. Mike will be in charge of the infielders and hitters. He is a resident of Billerica like his more famous brother Tom Glavine of the New York Mets. The full release available here and the his baseball facility can be checked out here.
The Northeastern Huskies have announced their 2007 baseball schedule. There is a weird series with Winthrop on April 13-15th but the rest of the schedule is expected. They open the season up with a exhibition game against the Boston Red Sox and stay in Florida to play some games at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL. NU had a very solid season in their inaugural season in the CAA and should be in the middle of the pack this season because they have lost their number 1 pitcher in Adam Ottavino.
Full schedule available here.