Hempstead, NY - Hofstra sent 14 men to the plate in an eight-run eighth inning, snapping a 7-7 tie en route to a 15-9 win over Northeastern in the rubber game of a three-game Colonial Athletic Association series.
The win, Hofstra's school record 28th of the season, improves the Pride's record to 28-18 overall and 16-8 in the CAA. The Pride eclipsed the previous record of 27 wins that was set by the 1995 team that was 27-21. Northeastern falls to 18-25, 8-16 in league play.
Hofstra came back from deficits of 4-0 and 6-4, taking its first lead of the game in the sixth after scoring three runs to make it a 7-6 game. The Pride loaded the bases and reliever Dylan Maki uncorked a wild pitch to allow Dalton Rouleau to score to make it a 6-5 game. Jared Hammer then came through with a two-run single to give the Pride the one-run lead, 7-6.
Hofstra held the lead until the eighth when Connor Lyons hit his first home run of the season off Pride reliever Bryan Verbitsky to knot the game at 7-7. But Hofstra erupted in the bottom half of the inning. Danny Poma started things off by drawing a walk from Maki. A single by Matt Ford put runners at first and second for Hammer, who advanced both with a ground out that Huskies shortstop Oliver Hart made a great bare-handed play on for the out. Northeastern opted to walk Kenny Jackson intentionally to set up the double play, but Kevin Flynn singled hard up the middle to plate two runs and give the Pride a 9-7 lead. Matt Reistetter followed with a double that scored Jackson to make it 10-7. Taylor Stuart, who had homered earlier in the game, then connected on his second double of the game to score two more runs for a 12-7 advantage. Two batters later, Rouleau hit a two-run home run that hit the top of the left field fence and bounced over to make it a 14-7 game. The Pride then hit four straight singles with Hammer knocking in Poma for the final run.
Northeastern made it interesting in the ninth, scoring twice off Verbitsky as Matt Miller led off with a double and came in on Jon Leroux's second home run of the game. But Brett Schreiber relieved Verbitsky and, after allowing a single, ended the game with a double play grounder.
Stuart finished the day 4-for-5 with three runs and three RBIs for the Pride, which had 19 hits on the day. Jackson had three hits and two RBIs, while five other players had two hits. All nine batters in the lineup had at least one hit for the Pride.
Verbitsky (1-3) was the pitcher of record on the winning side, notching his first victory of the season despite allowing three runs on five hits in 1 1/3 innings of work. Maki (1-5) took the loss for Northeastern after allowing 10 runs on 11 hits in 2 1/3 innings.
Leroux had two home runs and five RBIs on the day, while John Puttress had three hits and a run scored.
Hofstra is next in action at Albany on Wednesday afternoon.