Hempstead, NY - Kenny Jackson’s two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth snapped an 8-8 tie and gave Hofstra a 10-8 come-from-behind win over Northeastern Saturday afternoon at University Field. Hofstra rallied from deficits of 5-1 and 8-4 in the contest.
The Pride improved to 18-19 overall and 6-8 in the CAA with the win. Northeastern slipped to 20-23, 5-9 with the loss.
Brett Schreiber, who pitched 5 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, picked up the win to up his record to 2-1 on the year. Aaron Civale (0-3) took the loss for Northeastern after allowing the game-winning blast from Jackson. Civale gave up two runs on four hits in 3 1/3 innings.
Hofstra roughed up the CAA ERA leader Chris Carmain, chasing him after 4 2/3 innings in which he allowed eight runs (seven earned) and 10 hits. Pride starter David D’Errico lasted 3 2/3 innings and gave up eight runs (four earned) on 10 hits.
The Huskies would score four runs in the third with Sean Lyons driving in two with a double and two more scoring on wild pitches to take a 5-1 lead. But Hofstra battled back with three in the bottom of the frame as TJ Ehrsam and Brad Witkowski each delivered RBI singles.
But Northeastern would score three more times in the fourth inning as Brad Burcroff, Cam Hanley and Sean Lyons had RBI hits to give the Huskies an 8-4 lead.
Ryan Donovan cut the deficit to three in the Hofstra fourth with a home run to centerfield, his second of the season. The Pride would then tie it in the fifth with Witkowski knocking in his second run of the game with a single and, two batters later, Brian MacDonald doubled off the fence in centerfield to score two runs and knot the score at 8.
Both relievers kept their opposing team off the scoreboard until the eighth when Donovan led off with a single and Cafiero followed with his third double of the game. Donovan was out at home on the play. After Ehrsam struck out, Jackson took a 2-0 pitch and hit it over the right field fence to put Hofstra up 10-8.
Northeastern would put the tying runs on base in the ninth, but Schreiber struck out Keith Kelly and then got Josh Treff to pop out to short to end the game.
The Pride had 14 hits in the game with Cafiero and Witkowski collecting three each. Jackson and Donovan both had two hits and two RBIs in the game as well.
Sean Lyons was the offensive leader for Northeastern with three RBIs on a pair of hits.
The series concludes tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. Nick Kozlowski starts for the Pride against freshman standout Dustin Hunt.