Home win against the River Hawks brings Northeastern closer to end of regular season


Mika Podila

Redshirt senior utility player Danny Crossen celebrates as he runs home to score for the Huskies. In Tuesday’s game against UMass Lowell, Crossen tallied his 40th RBI of the season.

Sarah Popeck, news staff

As the Huskies (40-11, 19-9 CAA) enter the final stretch of the regular season, they returned home to Friedman Diamond after a seven-game road trip, where they gave up two series — one to University of North Carolina Wilmington (28-21, 17-8 CAA), and one to William & Mary (32-20, 15-12 CAA).

In a midweek matchup against UMass Lowell (17-32, 9-12 AEC), the Huskies finished on top with a 6-4 lead and regained their momentum.

Right-handed sophomore Jack Beauchesne opened up the game on the mound, allowing no runs in his two innings of work and striking out a player in the top of the first.

In the bottom of the inning, the River Hawks immediately made a throwing error that allowed redshirt senior Danny Crossen to reach first base. Shortly after, senior right-handed pitcher Frankie Venezia walked junior first baseman Tyler MacGregor. 

Freshman outfielder Cam Maldonado also made his way to the bases on a fielder’s choice, running to first before stealing second on a passed ball that also scored MacGregor. Maldonado scored a run of his own on the next play on an RBI double from freshman infielder Carmelo Musacchia. 

Venezia continued to struggle, walking a player and hitting two more with pitches — which loaded the bases and sent Musacchia home — but made it out of the inning by punching out freshman infielder Sean McGee. The Huskies walked off of the diamond with a 3-0 lead at the end of the first.

Though the River Hawks came close to scoring in the third when senior outfielder Matt Tobin reached third base, junior right-handed pitcher Michael Gemma shut them down with a strikeout to end the inning and left Tobin on base.

It was not until the sixth inning that UMass Lowell made it onto the board. Two detrimental errors committed by the Huskies paired with two hits allowed the River Hawks to score three runs in the top of the inning, tying the score at three apiece.

Northeastern was able to take back its lead in the bottom of the inning. An RBI single from sophomore center fielder Justin Bosland scored junior catcher Jimmy Sullivan, and Crossen’s base hit gave sophomore outfielder Luke Masiuk the chance to run home.

With the help of right-handed graduate student Patrick Harrington on the mound and a weak inning for the River Hawks, the Huskies were able to score again in the seventh.

Freshman left-hander Jacob Jette was on the mound for UMass Lowell and walked Maldonado, redshirt senior shortstop Spenser Smith and Bosland at the top of the inning. With the bases loaded, Jette had to be careful. When he hit junior second baseman Luke Beckstein with a pitch, Maldonado headed home to tally another run. The Huskies had regained their three-run lead.

Jette was relieved by right-handed graduate student Zach Rodgers, who closed out the game for UMass Lowell and prevented any more Husky runs. 

Right-handed graduate student Griffin Young took the diamond for the Huskies’ last inning. The River Hawks snuck in one last run when redshirt freshman right fielder Spencer Aubin hit a double down the right field line and scored on sophomore short stop Jacob Humphrey’s single, bringing the final score to 6-4.

After securing a 9-2 win over the College of Charleston (33-19, 17-11 CAA) Thursday afternoon), the Huskies will continue their last regular season series against the Cougars this weekend at Friedman Diamond Friday at 1 p.m.