Northeastern Nips UMass Baseball, 3-1
April 3, 2013
BROOKLINE, Mass. - Sophomore Conor LeBlanc had his longest outing of the year on the mound for the Minutemen and struck out a season-high five batters, but a two-run fourth for Northeastern made the difference in a 3-1 setback for UMass baseball on Wednesday afternoon at Friedman Diamond. Following the loss, the Minutemen are 3-15 on the year, while the Huskies improve to 16-12.
A leadoff walk and an error helped Northeastern generate a pair of runs and take a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth. Jason Vosler drew a free pass to open the frame, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored when Connor Lyons reached on an error. Lyons then came in for the Huskies' second of the inning when John Puttress dropped a one-out single into center.
However, the Huskies took the run back in the bottom of the eighth, adding insurance. Pete Castoldi led off with a single up the middle, was sacrificed over to second and Bradd Burcroff drove him in with an RBI single.
LeBlanc took the loss (0-3) for the Minutemen as he allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits and walked two with five strikeouts in 7.1 innings on the mound. James Mulry pitched seven innings for Northeastern and picked up the win (1-0). He let up one unearned run on three hits, walked two and struck out four. Dylan Maki worked a hitless ninth for the Huskies and walked one, earning the save (4).
Redshirt junior Ryan Cusick was the only player for either squad to tally multiple hits on the afternoon, going 2-for-3 at the plate to extend his reached base streak to 12 games, a team-best for UMass this season.
The Minutemen will be back in action on Friday, Apr. 5, opening a three-game conference series at Rhode Island at 3 p.m.