Baseball’s homestand against William & Mary ends in triumph


Harriet Rovniak

Eric Yost, sophomore right hand pitcher, pitches in a game at Friedman Diamond. Northeastern University baseball’s record continues to split the rail with an even 17-15-1.

Lauren Thomas , news staff

After the 32nd game of the season, Northeastern University baseball’s record continues to split the rail with an even 17-15-1. 

In the three-game series against William & Mary College (16-12) April 1 through 3, Northeastern went 1-2, squeaking out a win in the final game against the Tribe. 

The series started sluggishly for the Huskies who lost both Friday and Saturday with scores of 2-6 and 3-4 respectively.

Scoring the Huskies’ two runs in the Friday game were base-running regulars, redshirt senior outfielder Jeff Costello and freshman center fielder Mike Sirota. Though the Huskies were able to notch two runs, the Huskies’ bats left much to be desired with just three hits and one bunt in the Friday matchup. 

Three Northeastern pitchers filled out the nine innings. Redshirt sophomore pitcher Cam Schittler started the game and was relieved by redshirt junior Nick Davis in the fifth, who held the opposing offense to six runs. The ninth inning brought in the final pitching change-up with graduate student lefty Matt Devlin, who allowed two walks but no runs. 

In the second game of the series April 2, NU upped its run count by one but still fell short of overcoming the Tribe’s four runs. Despite losing the game, Northeastern’s defense executed perfectly, committing no errors for the ninth time this season. 

The Huskies and the Tribe were neck and neck throughout the game, with a tied score from the second inning to the ninth inning, but a home run in the top of the ninth put William & Mary in the lead. Pitching in the contest were redshirt sophomore Sebastian Keane and relief pitcher sophomore Eric Yost.

Things finally turned around for the Huskies in the third game of the series Sunday, April 3, where they marked their first CAA conference win. 

Northeastern was first to the plate in the fourth inning with Sirota scoring the leading run on a deep single from redshirt junior infielder Corey DiLoreto. In the same inning, a double from sophomore infielder Max Viera sent home DiLoreto and redshirt junior utility player Danny Crossen, who doubled earlier in the inning. The Tribe countered with two runs in the fifth inning, but was stopped short by the Husky defense. 

In an impressive show of stamina, sophomore pitcher Wyatt Scotti pitched eight innings and finished with seven strikeouts, two hits and no walks allowed. Redshirt sophomore pitcher Thomas Balboni relieved Scotti in the ninth, and, despite allowing two base runners, successfully held William and Mary to two runs. 

In the four succeeding games April 5 through 10 against Boston College (14-18) and Elon University (15-16), Northeastern again oscillated between wins and losses, with a 2-2 record to end the week. 

The Beanpot consolation game April 12 against Harvard (13-13) proved an easy win for the Huskies, ending with a score of 10-6. 

Northeastern takes to the field again this Friday, April 15 at James Madison University (17-14) for a three-game series.