Mar 27, 2014, 2:59 PM EST
Those around CAA baseball — and, even ball fans around New England, too — are familiar with the history between the Boston Red Sox and the Northeastern Huskies and the contest played every year in late February between the two.
Not only is it an opportunity for the Huskies to show off the program on a national stage and offer something to recruits few could ever imagine, but it’s something that the program’s players have come to cherish every year.
Recently, NU headed down to Florida near the end of February to face the defending World Champs in a Spring Training tilt. The Huskies’ athletics department chronicled the trip, the preparation involved and the general excitement felt around the annual game. Featured in the video below are some of the players on the Huskies, as well as longtime head coach Neil McPhee, who squared off versus the Red Sox for the final time of his remarkable coaching career.
While the Huskies, certainly competed well, sticking around with the Sox for most of the game, the team eventually fell, 5-2.
As great as the experience was for every player, it might have been even more special for Huskies’ LHP James Mulry, a local West Roxbury, Mass. native, who struck out Red Sox greats Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz in back-to-back fashion during the third inning. Mulry got a nice reference in the official game release from Boston and even inspired this solid tweet from NU Baseball’s Twitter account.
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