Hempstead, N.Y. – Northeastern’s Cam Hanley lined four hits and scored two runs while starter Dustin Hunt allowed two runs in seven innings as Hofstra fell to the Huskies, 10-2, in the finale of a three-game Colonial Athletic Association series on Sunday afternoon at University Field.
Hofstra junior Brian MacDonald hit a solo home run as part of a 3-for-4 effort at the plate and provided 2 1/3 innings of relief. But the Pride dropped two-of-three in the series in falling to 18-20 and 6-9 in CAA play. Senior outfielder Kenny Jackson drove in Hofstra’s other run on a RBI groundout to account for the Pride’s offensive output.
Northeastern’s first five hitters went a combined 11-for-22 with nine runs scored to help the Huskies improve to 21-23 and 5-9.
Brad Burcroff’s two-run double down the leftfield line in the first staked Hunt to an early lead. Michael Foster extended the edge to 3-0 with a leadoff single and scored on Jason Vosler’s base hit up the middle in the third.
Hofstra got to Hunt in the third when senior catcher Robbie Cafiero walked. The backstop’s heads-up base running allowed him to go to third on a sacrifice bunt as the third base bag was left uncovered. The move paid dividends when Jackson’s groundout plated him for Hofstra’s first run.
But Hunt made the lead stand up by holding Hofstra to seven hits in needing 99 pitches to get through seven innings. The right-hander stayed undefeated in improving to 5-0.
Junior pitcher Nick Kozlowski fell to 6-4 in going five innings and striking out three while allowing six runs. Foster’s two-run double in the fourth put the Huskies ahead, 5-1, and Pat Madigan’s sixth-inning sacrifice fly added to the lead.
Northeastern scored three runs in the sixth on a three-base throwing error. Hofstra got back on the scoreboard when MacDonald went to the opposite field to right for his fourth home run of the season to start the seventh.
Hofstra will close regular season CAA play with three crucial games versus the College of Charleston starting on Friday at 3 p.m. from University Field. The Pride is one of eight CAA teams competing for six spots in the conference tournament.