The Aggies lose two to the Huskies on Friday
BROOKLINE, Mass. – The Northeast Huskies got the better of North Carolina’s A&T in the first game of a Friday Colonial Athletic Association baseball doubleheader at the Friedman Diamond. But the Aggies figured things out and made a more competitive effort in Game 2. The Huskies, however, still swept the Aggies, 14-0, 9-4.
The sweep dampened some of the Aggies’ momentum heading into the weekend. The Aggies had won four out of five heading into Friday, but slipped to 9-9 overall and 2-3 in the CAA after the two losses. The Huskies, who lost two of three to Elon in their first three-game CAA series, topped .500 in the league at 3-2. They are 12-3 overall.
A&T suffered a shutout for the first time this season thanks primarily to Northeast right-hander Wyatt Scotti (W, 5-0), who pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits, a walk and he recorded five strikeouts. Junior Cameron Brantley and second Canyon Brown were the only Aggies to record hits in Game 1.
RHP Connor Blantz lasted just 1 1/3 innings for the Aggies as he fell to 1-2 this season. Tyler MacGregor led the Huskies going 3-for-3 with four runs scored, two RBIs and two solo home runs. The Huskies hit seven homers in Game 1.
Game 2, however, saw the Aggies take the lead twice, starting in the third inning. Junior Camden Jackson hit a two-out single down the middle and moved up to second on a disallowance. This led to Brown’s RBI single in the middle to give A&T a 1-0 lead. The Huskies tied the game at 1 in the fourth before the Aggies regained the lead in the visiting fifth.
With one out, junior Cort Maynard moved on the bases with a single stolen base and passed the ball. Jackson took full advantage of the situation with another RBI single down the middle to score Jackson for a 2-1 A&T advantage. Brown continued the inning with a single, but the Huskies turned to Jake Gigliotti to replace RHP starter Eric Yost. Gigliotti asked Brantley to hit a double play to end the threat.
Northeastern tied the game at 2 in the fifth at home with a Matt Brinker home run. The game turned to a big four-run sixth by the Huskies as runs were scored on an RBI sacrifice fly, a goal-laden walk and a two-run RBI single by Harrison Feinberg. Trailing 6-2 heading into the eighth inning, the Aggies made one final push.
Jackson, who finished Game 2 with a 3-for-4 performance, two runs scored and two RBIs, homered to open the eighth frame. Brantley hit a one-out double to the left field line before junior Anthony Hennings passed with a two-out RBI single to score Brantley, cutting the Huskies lead to 6-4. But the Huskies added three more points in their eighth to take a five-point lead in the ninth.
The Aggies got a second-over base runner in the ninth, but the game ended on a Jackson pitch. Brown and Shemar Dalton also had multi-hit games in Game 2, with Dalton going 2-for-5 and Brown adding two hits and an RBI. Gigliotti (2-0) went 3 1/3 innings, striking out four for the win. RHP Jake Delisi suffered the loss after junior right-hander Coley Kilpatrick started Game 2 and went five innings, striking out two and giving up three runs.
Harrison led the Huskies in Game 2 with a 4-for-5 day, including two RBIs and a run scored. Both teams wrap up the weekend series at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Friedman Diamond.