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Baseball dominates home opener, series against Holy Cross

Baseball plays the second game of a doubleheader against Holy Cross Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Parsons Field.

Baseball plays the second game of a doubleheader against Holy Cross Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Parsons Field.

Riley Robinson

Baseball plays the second game of a doubleheader against Holy Cross Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Parsons Field.

Riley Robinson

Riley Robinson

Baseball plays the second game of a doubleheader against Holy Cross Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Parsons Field.

Jenna Majeski, news correspondent

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This weekend’s home opener was busy for the Huskies, as they went 3-1 in two doubleheaders against Holy Cross despite high winds of up to 25 mph.

The team started the weekend highly motivated and ready to play, largely thanks to the excitement of being at home.

“It’s good to be home,” head coach Mike Glavine said.

Sean Mellen, who typically starts on Sundays, took the mound for the Huskies in their first game.

“I haven’t been thrilled with the way we’ve pitched, we’ve pitched well but we haven’t pitched to our capabilities so I just thought it would give our team a little momentum to put Sean out there earlier,” Glavine said.

Mellen allowed no runs in the six innings he pitched and totaled 11 strikeouts.

“I knew they were a pretty aggressive team and they came out swinging on me so I was trying to just stay in the zone,” Mellen said.

A sixth-inning RBI groundout by sophomore Ian Fair gave the Huskies all they needed for a 1-0 win in the seven-inning game.

Game two started on a stronger note, with the Huskies getting on the board with an RBI single by freshman Jared Dupere in the first inning. Dupere added another RBI single later in the game as well.

“The guys are supportive and they’re teaching me new things everyday,” Dupere said.

Additional RBI by Jake Rosen, Jeff Costello, Fair and Corey DiLoreto gave Northeastern a 6-3 win to close the first doubleheader.

Despite the challenges of the wind and cold, Glavine said he was impressed with the team’s performance.

“We’re just in a mode right now where I just want us to play better, we haven’t played great baseball this year yet consistently and I thought we did that for two games today so it’s fun to see us play a good game of baseball,” he said.

Sunday’s doubleheader was more of a challenge with the Huskies losing 8-4 in the first game. They bounced back in game two, starting off the game with a three-run first inning and finishing with an 8-7 win.

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