By Bill Burt
---- — BOSTON – Former St. John’s Prep standout Dustin Hunt pitched seven scoreless innings and recorded a career-high nine strikeouts as the Northeastern University baseball team completed a three-game sweep over Niagara with a 7-0 win Sunday afternoon at Friedman Diamond.
Hunt, who graduated from St. John’s last May, was dominant in allowing just three hits and a walk to earn his first collegiate win.
Hunt worked out of a few early jams, including a baserunner on third base with one out, but got two ground ball outs to come out unscatched. Hunt also induced a double play grounder killing a two-on, one-out rally in the sixth inning for Niagara.
On a day where temperatures were in 30s, Hunt threw 90 pitches overall, hitting between 88 mph and 91 mph.
“I was a little nervous going in, concerned about gripping pitches,” said Hunt. “But once I started warming up I realized I had a good feel of the ball. I had handwarmers too, which helped.”
In fact, it was a big weekend for Northeastern players from St. John’s Prep. Chris Carmain struck out a career-high eight batters in a doubleheader win on Saturday for the Huskies, allowing one earned run over six innings in the 6-2 win. A senior, Carmain is 2-2 with a 1.31 ERA thus far for the 7-8 Huskies.
“I’ve never been around a person who works as hard as Chris does,” said Hunt of the Northeastern captain. “I’ve tried to follow everything he does. He’s our leader and he’s pitched really well.”