Baseball goes undefeated in second weekend of play

Jenna Majeski, news correspondent

Northeastern headed into its second weekend ready to win, and that they did. They defeated the Missouri Tigers, 4-3 Thursday and the South Dakota State Jackrabbits, 12-9 Saturday and 13-7 Sunday.

This huge offensive output came after a disappointing opening series loss to Houston Baptist last weekend.

“I think we just took the positives out of last weekend and figured out what we needed to do as a team,” redshirt freshman Corey DiLoreto said.

DiLoreto and sophomore Jeff Costello have been credited by head coach Mike Glavine, as well as some of their teammates, for filling gaps left from last year. Team captain Andrew Misiaszek said that they’ve had a “really hot two weekends.”

Thursday’s game did not begin as NU hoped, as Northeastern gave up two runs in the first inning and trailed 3-0 going into the sixth.

The Huskies finally found their opportunity in the eighth inning, when the first three batters reached base. A hit by Cam Walsh gave the Huskies one run and a double by Scott Holzwasser tied the game.

Two wild pitches by Tigers pitcher Cameron Dulle allowed Cam Walsh to score the game-winning run.

Misiaszek’s pitching in the eighth and ninth innings prevented the Tigers from coming back. Misiaszek struck out four players in addition to Tyler Brown’s five strikeouts in the first five innings.

The game concluded with the Huskies ahead, 4-3.

“That was a really hard fought game,” Misiaszek said.

Before advancing to their series against South Dakota State, the Huskies played the Boston Red Sox in an exhibition game in Fort Myers, Florida.

The Huskies began their two-game series against South Dakota State Saturday in Port Charlotte, Florida.

Yet again the Huskies were behind from the beginning, trailing 1-0 after the first. They quickly made up for this by scoring four times in the third inning.

The Huskies tacked on additional runs in the subsequent five innings to win the game, 12-9. Cam Walsh stood out, going 3-for-5 with 3 RBI. Additionally, both DiLoreto and Jeff Costello earned 2 RBI.

Misiaszek again concluded Saturday’s game with a scoreless inning, earning him his 21st career save and tying him with the program record.

“It feels good to be in that role but I’ve got to give credit to the bullpen and starters,” Misiaszek said. “Guys threw eight innings before me so got to give them credit.”

The Huskies had another successful game Sunday, defeating the Jackrabbits 13-7.

The high-scoring game began with a scoreless first two innings but things quickly changed as the Jackrabbits pulled ahead 2-0 in the top of the third and the Huskies immediately responded with a run.

The Huskies pulled ahead in the fifth with four runs, including an RBI double from Scott Holzwasser, followed by a run-scoring single by Jake Farrell.

The Jackrabbits couldn’t keep up with Northeastern’s scoring as the Huskies piled on another eight runs in the seventh and eighth innings, including two from DiLoreto’s triple in the eighth.

Sean Mellen struck out eight in his four innings.

“It was a huge weekend for us, another step on the way to becoming a complete team,” DiLoreto said.

The Huskies have another busy weekend as they head to Conway, South Carolina for the CCU Baseball Tournament, where they’ll face Connecticut, Indiana and Illinois.

“This next week and a half is probably our toughest test yet and we’re playing some really good teams down in South Carolina,” Misiaszek said. “But like coach Glavine says, play the team, not the uniform.”