Northeastern Stays Alive With 11-7 Win Over JMU
HARRISONBURG, Va. (May 24, 2013) – Redshirt freshman Michael Foster had two hits, drove in a pair of runs and threw two shutout innings to earn a save as fifth-seeded Northeastern defeated #6 James Madison 11-7 to remain alive in the CAA Baseball Championship on Friday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Park.
The Huskies (30-25) return to action at 7:30 tonight against top-seeded UNCW in another elimination contest. JMU, which suffered a heartbreaking 20-19 setback to William & Mary earlier this morning, was knocked out of the tournament and finished the year with a 25-30 mark.
Shortstop Jason Vosler led NU’s 14-hit attack by going 3-for-5 with two runs scored. The Huskies also got a pair of hits from Brad Burcroff, Rob Fonseca and Sean Lyons.
Cole McInturff was the lone JMU player with multiple hits, going 2-for-2 with a run scored and RBI.
Reliever Matt Cook (3-1) worked one inning and earned the victory for NU, while Foster gave up just one hit over the final two frames to record his fourth save. JMU starter Michael Howerton (3-6) took the loss after giving up seven runs on 10 hits over 5.1 innings.
Northeastern took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second on a solo homer to right by Foster and an RBI single up the middle by Will Dougherty that brought home Lyons. JMU responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame following a two-run double down the left-field line by catcher Bobby San Martin that plated McInturff and Matt Tenaglia.
The Huskies moved back on top in the fourth. Lyons drew a leadoff walk, stole second, advanced to third on an error and scored on an Aaron Barbosa groundout. NU took a 4-2 advantage in the top of the fifth after consecutive singles from Fonseca, Foster and John Puttress.
JMU trimmed the deficit to one in the bottom of the fifth. Chad Carroll reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second and came around to score on Bradley Shaban’s single to right.
Northeastern broke the game open with five runs in the sixth on only two hits. With two on and one out, Vosler lined an RBI double to left center to increase the Huskies’ lead to 5-3. NU then took advantage of two walks, a hit batter and a JMU error to add two more runs. A sacrifice fly by Pete Castoldi capped the frame and put the Huskies on top 9-3.
JMU picked up a run in the bottom of the sixth as Casey Goss was hit by a pitch and eventually came around to score on a groundout, but NU restored its six-run lead on Fonseca’s RBI double to right center in the top of the seventh.
The Dukes battled back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh on RBI singles from Conner Brown and McInturff. In the eighth, JMU’s Colby Roberts drew a leadoff walk and scored on a groundout to close the gap to 10-7.
A solo to right in the ninth by NU’s Burcroff, his second of the tournament, capped the scoring.