Friday, February 23, 2018

NU STRIKES OUT SIX, RECORDS FOUR HITS VERSUS SOX

 Max Burt's RBI double during the top of the third inning helped the Northeastern baseball team find its way onto the scoreboard on Thursday afternoon against the Boston Red Sox, despite the Fenway club asserting its pro status against the Huskies, 15-2, during its spring training opener at JetBlue Park.
 
Burt's two-bagger was one of four hits Northeastern managed to slug against the Red Sox. Nolan Lang put the Huskies in the hit column courtesy of his second-inning base knock off Jalen Beeks, while Cam Walsh and Jake Farrell provided the remaining two hits for the collegiate side.
 
Northeastern's arms combined to strike out six Boston hitters. Tyler Robinson and Danny Ryan each struck out a pair, while Brandon Dufault opened the Huskies' defensive fourth inning with a strikeout of Austin Rei, finishing the frame with two more successive outs.

Defensively, NU shortstop Ian Fair made arguably the best play of the game for either team, scooping up Mike Olt's fifth-inning ground ball and lofting a jump-throw across the diamond to collect the out at first base. Fair also completed the middle leg of the Huskies' 4-6-3 double play during the bottom of the sixth inning, receiving Jake Rosen's flip before firing to Ryan Solomon to complete the twin-killing.
 
Despite producing eight hits, the Red Sox plated seven runs during the bottom of the first inning prior to tacking on three more during the bottom of the second. Kyri Washington's grand slam highlighted a five-run third inning for the pro squad, which took a 15-0 lead into the fourth inning.

Boston's victory extended the Red Sox' undefeated series winning streak against Northeastern to 16-0 and broke the trend of five consecutive meetings decided by five runs or fewer.

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