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A little Beanpot redemption for Northeastern (baseball)





Well, it’s not February, but Northeastern has captured itself a Beanpot with a victory over the University of Massachusetts on Monday at Fenway Park in the Baseball Beanpot.

The Huskies were led by their pitching in the 5-3 victory, with three pitchers combining for eleven strikeouts and zero earned runs. Les Williams pitched five innings for the victory with five strikeouts and two walks, and Andrew Leenhouts added six more strikeouts over 3.2 innings. Dan Zehr picked up the save. The win was Williams’ first on the season and the save was Zehr’s first.

A double by redshirt freshman Matt Miller sparked the Huskies offense in the top of the third to take a three run lead. Miller would then single in sophomore shortstop Ryan Maguire in the sixth after Maguire bunted his way on base and stole second. David Gustafson also added a double, his seventeenth of the season.

The ninth inning was a difficult test for the Huskies. Massachusetts put together a rally for three runs, all of which were unearned, before Zehr came in to shut the door and end the game.

Northeastern moves up to 18-11 on the season with the victory and captures its fifth Baseball Beanpot. Behind Boston College’s eight titles, Northeastern is second all-time in the baseball Beanpot, the final of which is traditionally held at Fenway Park.

There’s no describing what the Baseball Beanpot brings to the table. Ticketholders are seated on a first come-first serve basis, and ticketholders get a view of Fenway Park that would cost in the hundreds of dollars for a major league game. The players are playing a non-conference game, but it’s a non-conference game in a big league stadium, and as such the game has a bit of a freestyle atmosphere magnified by the fact that many of the players are native New Englanders, growing up with Fenway Park on their television sets and the front of the sports pages for six months out of every year.

The Huskies return to Colonial Athletic Association action with a Saturday doubleheader at Friedman Diamond against Georgia State. NU is 5-4 in the conference, good for fifth place out of the eleven teams. Georgia State currently holds second place in the CAA with a 6-3 conference record.