Northeastern's Aaron Civale impresses Red Sox – Boston Globe (subscription)
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Northeastern’s Aaron Civale said he was nervous about facing the Red Sox, but it didn’t show.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Northeastern righthander Aaron Civale, a sophomore from East Windsor, Conn., did not learn until Monday night that he would be facing the Red Sox on Tuesday afternoon.
“I was nervous,” he said. “But I really didn’t have much time to think about it.”
His anxiety ticked up a bit when he got to JetBlue Park and saw the Sox were using what could be their Opening Day lineup.
After Mookie Betts came Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval, Mike Napoli, and Shane Victorino. Civale would face six All-Stars in a row.
“David Ortiz, I mean the guy is a legendary player,” said Civale, who grew up a Red Sox fan. “It was kind of humbling to face him.”
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The Red Sox bats were quiet against Boston College and Northeastern scoring only three runs and going just 10 of 47 (.213) with two extra-base hits.
Civale turned that around. He faced eight batters and struck out four of them, including Ortiz.
“It was unbelievable,” said Civale, who also struck out Ramirez, Napoli, and Xander Bogaerts. “It’s a big confidence boost.”
The Red Sox won the game, 2-1. But the talk afterward was about how well Civale pitched.
“Obviously he didn’t back away from the name on the jersey,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “He had a good late cutter and attacked the strike zone. From just a sheer baseball standpoint, it was good to see.”
Civale had pitched four times in relief this season, allowing one earned run over 4⅔ innings.
His next game will probably be against Central Connecticut State.
“I was hoping I’d get a chance to face the Sox,” Civale said. “It went way better than I could have hoped.”
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