, Salem, MA


February 28, 2014

Prep grad Hunt gets nod against Red Sox


Hunt got the next two hitters, Mike Napoli (a popup to the catcher) and Gomes (fly out to left) to end the first inning.

Hunt's second inning was very similar. He got Xander Bogaerts and Will Middlebrooks to hit deep fly balls before catcher Ryan Lavarnway doubled off the wall in left and Jackie Bradley Jr. walked.

Hunt ended his appearance inducing Sizemore to hit a line out to left field.

His stat line was impressive: 2 innings pitched, 2 hits, 2 walks, no runs.

"I learned going against those guys you've got to have all your pitches working," said Hunt, whose fastball has hit 92 mph this winter. "A 90 mile-an-hour fastball isn't enough. You have changeup, maybe a slider, and you have to have command of all your pitches.

"The thing I noticed was every guy worked the count," said Hunt. "It seemed like every batter had a 3-and-2 count. I was throwing changeup on 3-and-1 and 3-and-2 because they'll crush a fastball."

The score as 0-0 when Hunt left the game after two inning. The Red Sox took a 1-0 lead after five innings before Northeastern came back with two runs in the top of the sixth inning for a 2-1 advantage.

But the Red Sox bats exploded for four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to eventually take the win, 5-2.

"It was an amazing experience, throwing to all of those guys, some of whom I've rooted for my whole life," said Hunt. "It really was cool, something I'll never forget."

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