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Postgame Journal: Northeastern falls to rival Hofstra in 12-inning heartbreaker

Posted by Joshua Kummins on April 3, 2010

Brendan Stokes had two hits and a run scored in Saturday's Northeastern loss.

BROOKLINE, Massachusetts (Saturday, April 3, 2010) – It was a beautiful day for baseball on Saturday at Friedman Diamond, as the Northeastern Huskies and Hofstra Pride played the middle game of a weekend series. In Friday’s game one, the Pride edged the Huskies, 5-2, and won their first CAA game of the season.

Hofstra (8-13, 2-0 CAA) came back to tie the game in the ninth inning and eventually take the lead over Northeastern (6-11, 0-5 CAA) for good, 9-6.

The teams traded runs early in the first and second innings as Matt Miller scored on an sacrifice fly by Tony DiCesare to take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first and then Hofstra answered in the next half-inning with a run coming in the back door on a pick-off.

One swing of Tony DiCesare’s big bat was all the Huskies needed to take the lead in the third as his solo moon shot cleared the right field wall and bounced off the top deck of the press box in right-center. The bomb was the senior’s second of the season.

NU tacked on three more scores in the fourth inning to go up, 5-1, thanks to a two-run, inside-the-park home run by David Gustafson, his second, and an over-the-wall roundtripper by Matt Miller, his first.

Following that sudden burst of offensive production, the Husky bats were silenced as Hofstra scored on in the sixth, one in the eighth and two in the ninth to tie the score and force extra innings.

The teams were shutout in the tenth inning, but HU struck first in extras as they produced a run on two Northeastern errors to take a 6-5 advantage into the bottom of the 11th inning, looking for their second straight win.

Northeastern came back with a two-out rally, sending Alan Pastyrnak, who singled off the pitcher, home to tie the game. That put the winning run at third base, but a groundout sent the game to the 12th inning.

In the 12th, Matt Prokopkowicz gave the Hofstra contingent something to cheer about as he cleared the right field wall for a three-run home run to give the Pride a 9-6 lead.

Closer Andrew Barbarino shut down Northeastern in the bottom of the 12th and gave the Pride their second straight win by the 9-6 count.

Huskies starter Drew Leenhouts was impressive, giving up just five scattered hits and two earned runs over six innings, while walking a pair and whiffing six. Closer Dan Zehr took the losing decision, pitching 3.2 innings of four-hit, three-run baseball and ultimately blowing a save.

On the Pride side, Sean Monaghan was knocked around in the first 3.2 innings as he allowed seven hits and five runs, striking out one. The next three relievers combined for 4.1 innings of shutout baseball. The decision went to Jeff Guthridge, as he gave up just a run on four hits, two walks, and two strikeouts in 2.2 innings. Barbarino notched the save with a hitless ninth to seal the deal.

Hofstra looks for the three-game sweep on Easter Sunday at Friedman Diamond.

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