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NEIBA All-Star Game: College, University teams end in back-and-forth tie at LeLacheur Park

New England's best college baseball players put on a great show Thursday at LeLacheur Park. (D-I All-Stars on the left, D-II and III All-Stars on the right)

by Joshua Kummins

LOWELL, Mass. – The best of the best in New England college baseball took to the LeLacheur Park field on Thursday night for the 37th Annual New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association All-Star Game.

The game pitted the region’s best Division I players (the University team) against the best Division II players and Division III seniors (the College team).

In a back-and-forth affair, the teams ended in a 3-3 tie in front of a crowd of 250 local college baseball supporters. The D-II and III Collegians jumped out to a fast start, but the Division I University team came back late in the game to salvage the tie.

The tie was just the second in the history of the NEIBA All-Star Game and the first since the College and University squads played a scoreless draw in 1986. The overall 37-year series favors the University team, 22-12-2.

Both starting pitchers worked in the first two innings as Stephen Peterson (Rhode Island) and Nick Ahern (Babson) allowed just three total hits.

Northeastern freshman Aaron Barbosa had two of those hits against Ahern for the University team and took second on a stolen base both times. His Huskies teammate Andrew Leenhouts served the big blow in the early innings.

The College team took their lead in the third inning against left-hander Vinny Lally (Yale) as he hit a pair of batters, forcing home third baseman John Phelan (Fitchburg State) after his fielder’s choice.

Leenhouts induced that blow two innings later in the form of a two-run home run to second baseman Ryan Walsh (UMass-Boston).

After Phelan reached on an error to open the inning, Leenhouts left a pitch high in the zone and Walsh cleared the left field wall for a two-run home run that struck the top of the wall and was just enough to extend the College lead to 3-0.

Walsh has had a knack for hitting the longball this season as he finished the spring with 12 home runs for the Beacons, which ranked sixth nationally in Division III. The home run allowed Walsh, a Newton North product, to take home the game’s offensive player of the game.

Leenhouts was a strong pitcher this spring for the Huskies and typically started the middle game in a weekend series. His 3-8 record was not indicative of his performance in the spring, compiling a 3.67 ERA in 13 starts.

The University team got on the board in the bottom of the seventh inning against Tufts hurler Ed Bernstein.

Left fielder Greg Annarumo (Rhode Island) was hit by an inside pitch to open the inning and he then took second base on a steal. His Rams teammate and right fielder Kyle Borden sent him the rest of the way home on a single that dropped into the outfield on medium depth.

Bernstein closed the inning with a pair of outfield fly balls and a slow ground ball to minimize the damage and keep the lead at two runs.

Western New England’s Matt Rogers came in to pitch next for the College team and allowed the game-squaring runs in the eighth inning as third baseman Garret Smith (Boston College) scored on a sacrifice fly to left field and Annarumo knocked a double to the center field wall.

Smith reached on a fielder’s choice as the second batter of the inning and came around on the sacrifice by catcher Kyle Nisson (Quinnipiac).

Annarumo, the next batter for the University team, crushed a double over the head of College center fielder Michael White to score first baseman Peter Copa (Massachusetts) after his double.

In the ninth inning, the College team looked to salvage the tie as it sent Derek Miller (Tufts) to the mound and the Jumbo lefty did just that as he retired the side in order, including a strikeout of Dartmouth second baseman Jeff Onstott.

The NEIBA awarded their Pitcher of the Game award to Peterson as he allowed just one hit in two innings. The Danvers, Mass. native had a strong season for the Rams as he posted six wins and a 3.06 ERA in the spring.

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NEIBA hosts 37th Annual All-Star Game tonight

by Joshua Kummins (information from NEIBA press release was used)

The New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) has announced that the 37th Annual NEIBA All-Star Game will take place on tonight (7 p.m.) at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass. Tickets will cost just $5 and can be purchased when the gates open at 6 p.m.

Division I players from across the region will make up the University Division Team. The University of Connecticut, ranked #15 in the nation in the most recent Collegiate Baseball poll, tops the list with eight selections. The Huskies fell to Seton Hall this past Saturday in the Big East Championship game, but will continue their season in the NCAA Tournament this weekend.

The College Division Team is made up of 13 Division II standouts and 16 Division III seniors all-stars. Franklin Pierce has five players represented for the most selections of any school.

Full game programs will be available at LeLacheur Park, but you can click to view the final rosters.

Prior to the start of the All-Star Game, the NEIBA will recognize their annual award winners for their outstanding contributions to New England collegiate baseball.

Each year the Jack Butterfield Award is presented to an active New England coach who exhibits integrity and dedication to the game of college baseball that Coach Butterfield demonstrated throughout his career. This year’s recipient is John Slosar, the current head coach at Fairfield University. Slosar has been a coach in New England for over 30 years and is retiring after amassing 491 victories in 27 seasons. The Kevin Burr Assistant Coach Award is presented each year to an active New England assistant coach who exhibits the integrity and dedication to the game of college baseball that Coach Burr demonstrated throughout his career.

Marty Testo of Keene State College is this year’s recipient. Testo has been an assistant coach with the Keene State College baseball team for 10 seasons. He was named the Associate Head Coach in 2008 and has been working with the pitching staff for the past six years. In his time at Keene State he has developed one of the premier pitching staffs in all of New England.

Paul Sweeney and Harry Ayotte will both be honored as they have been selected as the recipients of the Andy Baylock Distinguished Service Award. This award is given each year to a person who has significantly contributed to the betterment of New England College Baseball.

Paul Sweeney, the current Sports Information Director at Tufts University, served as the NEIBA publicist for 14 years. He spent countless hours running the weekly NEIBA poll and organizing the All-Star Game each spring. Harry Ayotte was a long-time coach and general manager who passed away this past April at the age of 75 after a hard-fought battle with cancer. He was most known as the founding father of the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) and as the owner and general manager of the NECBL team, Mill City/Lowell All-Americans from 1999-2010.

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Northeastern Baseball: Barbosa named CAA Rookie of the Year; Williams, Lyons also honored

L to R: CAA Rookie of the Year Aaron Barbosa, freshman outfielder Connor Lyons, and senior co-captain Les Williams.

Northeastern freshman outfielder Aaron Barbosa (Dracut, Mass.) has been voted Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Year by the coaches of the Colonial Athletic Association following a record-setting season for the Huskies, as announced by the conference office on Wednesday, May 25.

Barbosa and Connor Lyons (Bedford, N.H.), as well as senior co-captain Les Williams (Toronto, Ontario) were also honored for their accomplishments during the 2011 spring season. Barbosa and Williams were each selected to the Third Team All-CAA, while Barbosa and Lyons were voted onto the All-Rookie Team.

In 2011, Williams posted the best season of his career, recording a 3.98 ERA and 77 strikeouts with a 5-6 record in 95 innings. In CAA play, Williams was 5-4 with a 3.17 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 10 starts. Williams ranked in the top 10 in several conference categories. Williams was second in innings pitched (95), third in complete games (2), third in shutouts (1) and fifth in strikeouts (77).

Williams had arguably his best outing of 2011 in the Huskies’ CAA home opener on April 8 versus Hofstra. In that outing, Williams tossed a nine-inning, complete game shutout in which he allowed just six hits and walked none while striking out seven in Northeastern’s 3-0 triumph.

The senior co-captain decorated the Northeastern record book in 2011, positioning himself as one of the program’s best pitchers of all-time. Williams tossed 288-1/3 career innings, surpassing Kris Dabrowiecki’s record of 286 frames. With 95 innings tossed this season, Williams fell just one inning short of Adam Ottavino’s single season mark of 96, set in 2005. Williams’ 232 career strikeouts is good for fourth all-time in the NU record books.

Barbosa accompanied Williams on the Third Team All-CAA. Barbosa recorded a team-leading 29 steals in his rookie campaign. That mark topped former NU star Mark Hopkins’ record of 27, set in 1994. Barbosa’s 29 steals ranked first in the CAA and top 10 nationally.

In 50 games, Barbosa batted .335 and led the team in several categories, including total bases (87), hits (70), runs scored (31), steals, (29) multiple-hit games (21) and triples (3). The Dracut, Mass., native finished the season with one home run and 13 RBI. He was especially effective in CAA play, with 16 steals and a .333 average in 30 conference clashes. Barbosa was most dominant during a six-game hitting streak from May 6 to May 13. In that span, Barbosa went 14-27 (.519) with 10 steals, eight runs scored, six RBI and his first career home run on May 8 at George Mason. Barbosa’s second-half OPS of .884 also led the squad.

Lyons also joins Barbosa on the All-Rookie Team. Despite not playing until April 8, Lyons was sensational for the Huskies. Lyons batted .356 on the year with four RBI and a .417 on-base percentage. Lyons was tied for second on the club with six steals. The Bedford, N.H., native was particularly effective in CAA play, batting .370 in 21 conference games. Lyons played in the final 26 games of the season.

Behind the outstanding efforts of Barbosa, Lyons and Williams, Northeastern increased its win total by five games over 2010.

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James Madison 4, Northeastern 2: Huskies win with Montalbano retirement and senior ceremony, but lose season finale

It was a great day for Northeastern baseball, but the Huskies lost their third straight in the season finale against James Madison.

by Joshua Kummins

BROOKLINE, Mass. – The James Madison Dukes controlled their season finale from the start and never relinquished the advantage as they defeated the Northeastern Huskies for the third straight day, this time by a 4-2 score at Friedman Diamond on Saturday.

The Huskies had been shutout three times on the season and were able to scratch across a pair of runs for the first time since last Sunday against Delaware when the Huskies earned an 8-2 win.

Before the game, a large crowd gathered to honor former Huskies pitcher Greg Montalbano, who lost a courageous battle with cancer on Aug. 21, 2009. The Westbourough, Mass. native battled cancer through his four-year career at Northeastern during which he finished 19-7 with a 2.55 ERA in 205 innings and also pitched six years professionally in the Boston Red Sox orginization.

He was a very successful pitcher in the Sox system and made it as far as Double-A. He was named the 2001 Red Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Year.

Huskies head coach Neil McPhee, Director of Athletics Peter Roby and Assistant Athletics Director Jack Grinold joined members of the Montalbano family for an outstanding ceremony that concluded with the retirement of his jersey number 30.

Also prior to the game, seniors J.T. Ross, Jeff Dunlap, captain Les Williams and the day’s starting pitcher Brandon McNelis were all honored for their contributions to the program over the past four years.

You can view photos of the ceremonies, by clicking the link to this photo album.

The Huskies looked to have something cooking in the second inning as designated hitter Jon Leroux reached on an error by JMU second baseman Johnny Bladel. Bladel called off the play, but could not find the ball in the sun.

Third baseman Ricky Salvucci singled through the middle on a one-out hit and run play, but left fielder Jeff Dunlap grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to end the threat against JMU junior pitcher Nick Slogik.

The Dukes took a two-run lead in the top of the next inning as second baseman Bradley Shaban and right fielder Cole MacInturff each singled with one out. Shaban came around on a double by Bladell that split the outfielders and dropped all the way to the right-center field wall.

NU senior starter Brandon McNelis uncorked a wild pitch, also with one out, that scored McInturff from third base with ease.

JMU scored their third run of the game in the fourth inning as center fielder Alex Foltz scored on a one-out sacrifice fly by designated hitter Evan Scott.

Dukes head coach Joe “Spanky” McFarland opted to use junior lefty Scott Mayer after Slagik allowed just three hits in four innings on the mound.

The Dukes gave the pitching staff an extra run to work with in the sixth inning as first baseman Matt Tenaglia ripped a one-out triple off the right field wall and trotted home on an RBI single up the middle by center fielder Alex Foltz.

Northeastern got on the board with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning against JMU reliever Johnny Bladel, who came in from the outfield to take the mound and give up what would be one of the two runs allowed in the three-game weekend series.

Right fielder Connor Lyons ripped a one-out double down the left field line and later scored on an RBI single by catcher John Puttress three batters later.

In the ninth, second baseman Pete Castoldi hit a pinch-hit home run with one out that cleared the JMU bullpen in deep left field against freshman right-hander Trent Cundiff.

However, it would not nearly be enough as Cundiff induced the final three outs to close JMU’s 37th win of the season to just 17 defeats as they head into the CAA Tournament with a share of the Colonial Athletic Association’s regular season championship. Since he closed the game with a three-run lead, he was able to earn his first collegiate save.

With the defeat, Brandon McNelis closed his final Huskies season with a 4-7 record. He allowed five hits and three earned runs, while walking one and fanning seven in seven innings.

Ross, a Newton, Mass. native, was also able to enter the game for one last time as a collegiate pitcher, inducing an out in the eighth inning to end the James Madison threat.

Northeastern dropped its first CAA series in three straight games for the first time since April 1-3 when the Huskies lost three in a row at Towson. With the loss, the Huskies dropped their final record to 18-33 and finished the season in the cellar of the conference standings.

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Northeastern, James Madison close out CAA baseball regular season in Brookline today

by Joshua Kummins

The Northeastern Huskies will look to salvage the third and final game of a weekend series with the James Madison Dukes on Saturday afternoon at Friedman Diamond.

JMU, with a Colonial Athletic Association berth already locked up, has come into Brookline and taken the first two games of the set by 5-0 scores. The Diamond Dukes are winners of nine consecutive conference games, matching the best run since starting the 2006 season with nine straight wins in CAA play. They also improved to a season-best 19 games over .500 at 36-17. Coupled with Hofstra’s rallying win over Old Dominion on Friday, JMU stands alone in first place in the CAA and have clinched at least a tie for first in the regular season and can wrap up the tournament’s top seed with a win Saturday or another ODU loss.

More on the past two games and the NU senior class after the jump!

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Northeastern, Delaware split crucial CAA baseball doubleheader

The Northeastern Huskies baseball team split a CAA doubleheader with the Delaware Blue Hens this afternoon at Friedman Diamond.

With the win, the Huskies earned the series win 2-1 and head into the final week of the season against UConn and James Madison with an 18-30 record.

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Northeastern 4, Delaware 3 (10): Huskies mount late rally, walk-off with win

Story courtesy of Northeastern University Sports Information:

BROOKLINE, Mass. – Despite losing a 2-0 eighth inning lead, the Northeastern University baseball team scored individual runs in the eighth and 10th innings to walk off with a 4-3 win over Delaware at Friedman Diamond in Brookline, Mass.

Sophomore backstop John Puttress drilled a two-out, bases loaded single in the bottom of the tenth to score freshman outfielder Aaron Barbosa from third for the winning run.

Barbosa had a record setting afternoon, going 4-4 with a trio of singles to ignite the Northeastern attack. Barbosa scored twice and knocked in his 13th RBI of the season. The Dracut, Mass. native now has 29 steals on the season, surpassing Mark Hopkins’ single season record of 27 set in 1994.

Senior co-captain Les Williams had another solid performance on the mound for the Huskies. Williams tossed 7-1/3 innings, allowing three runs, all earned, on eight hits and zero walks while striking out four for the no decision. Reliever Dylan Maki pitched two shutout innings for his third win of the season.

Sophomore Ricky Salvucci continued his hot play, going 2-5 with a run scored after earning the start at hot corner.

The Huskies took an early second inning lead, scratching a run in the second for the 1-0 lead. Salvucci smacked a one-out single and scored immediately when Puttress tripled into the right-center field gap for the RBI.

Northeastern extended its lead to 2-0 in the fifth courtesy of a Barbosa double. Senior outfielder Jeff Dunlap led off the inning with a double down the left-field line, and advanced to third two batters later when sophomore Alan Pastyrnak grounded out to first unassisted to turn over the line up. Barbosa doubled the NU advantage to 2-0 when his fly ball was over the head of Blue Hens’ CF Nick Ferdinand to score Dunlap from third.

The game remained 2-0 until the top of the eighth when Delaware plated three runs. Williams retired pinch-hitter Alex Mottle, but surrendered back-to-back singles to DJ Long and Pat Dameron to put two on with one-out. In one swing of the bat, Delaware batter Steve Ulaky tied the game by roping the Williams offering into left-center field for the two-run double.

Sophomore pitcher Chris Carmain was summoned from the bullpen and retired Ferdinand for the second out. Sophomore Kevin Ferguson replaced Carmain, who faced just one batter, but allowed an RBI single to EJ Stoltzfus to break the 2-2 deadlock.

The Huskies rallied in the bottom half, plating one to equalize the contest. Barbosa reached with a one-out single and scored when pinch-hitter Pete Castoldi belted a double into the left-center field gap to score Barbosa from first to tie the game 3-3.

Maki was inserted in the ninth, but hit Dave Anderson to lead off the frame. Maki would retire his next six batters to mitigate any possible damage.

The Huskies return to action tomorrow, batting the Blue Hens in a double-header. Junior southpaw Andrew Leenhouts will pitch game one, while senior hurler Brandon McNelis will fire the game immediately thereafter. Sunday’s game was rescheduled due to rain.

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North Shore Navigators sign new player for 2011; Four earn college post-season honors

by Joshua Kummins

The defending New England Collegiate Baseball League champion North Shore Navigators are hard at work preparing for the 2011 summer season, which begins less than one month.

The team opens the season on the road against the Holyoke Blue Sox on Wednesday, June 8 and will return to Fraser Field in Lynn for the home opener on Saturday, June 11 against the Laconia Muskrats.

- On Thursday, the team announced the signing of their newest player in infielder Clinton Harwick, who will be joining the Navs for his first-ever summer out of Point Loma Nazarene in California. Harwick is a freshman shortstop, batting .294 with two home runs and 28 RBI in all 50 games, while getting on base at a .376 clip.

His father, Clint, was a former Major League draft pick and spent parts of two seasons in the Chicago Cubs organization from 1985-86.

North Shore has had strong success with the PLNU Sea Lions in the past as infielder Tyler Kuehl played in Lynn during the 2008 and 2010 seasons. The Californian was also an NECBL All-Star with the Navs last season, helping the team to the NECBL title.

- Sophomore Dario Pizzano and senior Jason Banos were each honored with post-season honors after their college seasons concluded at Columbia University.

Pizzano, who will return to the team this summer, received the Lou Gehrig Team MVP award as the team’s top player. The Saugus, Mass. native led the Lions with a .359 average, nine home runs and 36 RBI, while topping all Ivy Leaguers with a .654 slugging percentage. Pizzano finished the year atop the Ivy League in home runs, total bases and slugging, and also cracked the top three in doubles, RBI, walks, and on-base percentage.

“Dario was our most consistent offensive performer,” head coach and Beverly, Mass. native Brett Boretti said in a press release. ”He had several big hits for us and has continued to raise his game.”

Banos, a Lynnfield, Mass. native and two-time Lions captain, took home the Joseph P. Allen Memorial Award, which is given to a player that displays exceptional spirit and leadership. The 2010 NECBL All-Star hit .323 in 37 games this spring and finished second in the NECBL in batting average last summer.

“Jay had an outstanding career at Columbia,” Boretti stated. ”He’s one of the best hitters in the history of the program and will be sorely missed.”

- Incoming Navigators Matt Boulter and Junior Mendez of Southern New Hampshire University both received honors from the Northeast-10 Conference this week.

Boulter, a sophomore infielder from Wrentham, Mass., was an NE-10 First Team selection as he led the Penmen in hitting with a .338 average this spring. He also had 13 stolen bases en route to a school-record 25 wins at SNHU.

Mendez, a freshman right-handed pitcher, was named to the NE-10 All-Rookie Team after posting a 3.69 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 53.1 innings (11 games) this spring.

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Northeastern 5, George Mason 4: Huskies squeak across late run to top GMU in series opener

Story courtesy of Northeastern University Sports Information:

FAIRFAX, Va. — Junior co-captain Matt Miller drove in freshman Oliver Hart with a ninth inning sacrifice fly to propel Northeastern to a 5-4 victory over George Mason in Fairfax, Va.

The win lifts Northeastern to 14-27, 9-13 CAA on the season. The Huskies have surpassed their 2010 toal of 13 victories.

Senior co-captain Les Williams pitched into the ninth inning, but was relieved by sophomore Dylan Maki who shut the door in the final frame for his fifth save of the year. Williams allowed four runs, all earned, on nine hits and two walks while striking out two Patriots’ batters for his tenth career victory.

The Toronto, Ontario native has posted a 3.90 ERA this season en route to a 5-5 record.

The game was the quintessential back-and-forth affair, with both teams trading the lead until Northeastern plated a pair in the sixth before adding an insurance run in the ninth to hold on for the triumph.

Northeastern took an early 1-0 lead, scoring an individual run in the first frame for the edge. Freshman Aaron Barbosa (2-4, 2 runs, 2 SB) singled off of George Mason starter TJ O’Grady to lead off the game, before stealing his 20th base of the season to advance to scoring position for sophomore Alan Pastyrnak. Pastyrnak (1-4) singled up the middle to put runners at the corners for Miller (3-3, 3 RBI), who drove in Barbosa from third with an RBI sac fly.

George Mason countered in the bottom half, mounting a one run rally to equalize the game. Christopher Cook led off with a single up the middle, and reached second when Brig Tison grounded out. Williams retired Dan Schafferman for the second out, but Blaise Fernandez singled through the right side to score Cook for the Patriots’ first run. Fernandez was out at second on the play for the third out.

The game remained 1-1 until the fifth when the Huskies received the second of Miller’s three RBI on the afternoon. Barbosa drew a two-out walk, and once again stole second for his 21st steal. Pastyrnak subsequently walked to bring up Miller, who roped an RBI single through the right side for the 2-1 NU advantage. Miller was out at second on the play.

The Patriots once again answered in the bottom half, plating a pair for the 3-2 lead. Jordan Hill singled and Cook doubled to put two runners in scoring position to lead off the inning for Tison, who tied the game with a sacrifice fly to center for the first out, scoring Hill. Schafferman flew out to right for the second out, but Cook advanced to third on the play. Fernandez singled up the middle to score Cook for the 3-2 George Mason lead.

The Huskies matched Mason’s two-run frame in the top of the sixth. Senior Jeff Dunlap (1-4, run) smacked a double to left center to bring sophomore John Puttress (2-4, run, RBI) to the plate, who clubbed a single up the middle to score Dunlap to tie the game. TJ O’Grady was pulled for Patriots’ reliever Chris O’Grady.

The new pitcher walked Connor Lyons (1-3) to also advance Puttress 90 feet. Hart grounded into a fielder’s choice to force Lyons at second, but SS Jordan Hill sailed the throw over to first to score Puttress from second for the unearned run.

Both teams traded zeros until the ninth, when Northeastern grabbed an insurance run that would ultimately be the game winner. Hart singled to open the inning, and reached second when C. O’Grady misplayed Ricky Salvucci’s bunt with a throwing error. Salvucci reached on the play. Barbosa singled to third to load the bases with none out. Following a Pastyrnak strike out, Miller drove in the game winning run with a sacrifice fly into center to score Hart.

George Mason made it interesting in the last half of the ninth, but could only score one to fall 5-4. Danny Lyons singled with one out to right center, and was lifted for pinch runner Jeremy Hass, who scored on a pinch hit double by Nick Foley to bring the Patriots to within one run. Coach McPhee pulled Williams in favor of Maki, who induced a Tison 4-3 ground out and Schafferman fly out to end the game.

The Huskies return to the diamond tomorrow, sending junior southpaw Andrew Leenhouts to the mound for the Huskies at 2 p.m. in Fairfax, Va. Senior Brandon McNelis is Sunday’s scheduled starter.

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Mother Nature halts today’s NU-UMass baseball game

Story courtesy of Northeastern University sports information:

Wednesday’s baseball contest between Northeastern and Massachusetts was called in the third inning due to rain. Massachusetts was leading 3-2 when the game was called after a second delay.

The Huskies jumped out to an early second inning lead, starting a two-run rally when Jon Leroux led off with a double into the left-center field gap. Jason Roth drew a two-out walk to put runners at first and second for Sean Lyons, who gave Northeastern a 1-0 lead by ripping a single up the middle.

Immediately after that, the first rain storm set in, delaying the contest 28 minutes.

Following the delay, Pete Castoldi was aggressive, lining the first pitch from Massachusetts’ starter Ryan Lubreski to score Roth for NU’s second run of the inning.

The Minutemen answered in the third, plating a trio of runs for the 3-2 advantage. Rich Graef reached with a one out single, and subsequently advanced to second when Anthony Serino threw down a bunt single. Eric Fredette flew out to right for the second out to allow Graef to advance to third. With Matt Gedman batting, senior southpaw JT Ross uncorked a wild pitch to score Graef from third to cut the score to 2-1. Ross eventually lost control of Gedman, walking him to put runners at first and second for Pete Copa. Copa smoked an RBI single down the left field line to score both runners for the UMass 3-2 edge.

Ross was pulled in favor of freshman Matt Cook, but another downpour set in to force the second delay of the afternoon at 4:10. The game was called shortly thereafter.

The Huskies return to action on Friday, traveling to Fairfax, Va. to battle George Mason in a weekend CAA series. Senior co-captain Les Williams will start Friday, while junior southpaw Andrew Leenhouts takes the bump on Saturday. Senior Brandon McNelis will toe the rubber on Sunday.

For a replay of this game, check out GoNU.TV, the official Northeastern Athletics streaming website. The site features access to live and archived video and audio broadcasts and is available on PC and Mac computers, as well as on iPhones, iPads and Android phones. In addition to video and audio content, the GoNU.TV desktop portal features a live chat window and access to live stats.

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