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NU to honor Montalbano tomorrow

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  May 20, 2011 11:30 AM

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The Northeastern University Department of Athletics will honor former baseball player and Red Sox prospect Greg Montalbano tomorrow at 11:30 a.m., at Friedman Diamond in Brookline.

Montalbano posted one of the best pitching careers in Northeastern history despite an ongoing battle with cancer. He was drafted by the Sox in 1999 and pitched for six years professionally. Montalbano lost his courageous battle with cancer on Aug. 21, 2009.

The ceremony, which will precede the Huskies’ regular season finale against James Madison, will feature the retirement of Montalbano’s No. 30. Members of Montalbano’s family will join athletic director Peter Roby and associate AD Jack Grinold for the ceremony.

In four seasons with the Huskies, Montalbano went 19-7 with a 2.55 ERA and 217 strikeouts in 205 innings of work. The southpaw from Westborough finished his career as NU’s strikeout king and third all-time in ERA. His 19 wins were good enough for third in school history.

Following his junior season, the Red Sox selected Montalbano in the fifth round of the 1999 draft with the 169th overall pick. In six seasons, Montalbano posted a 21-19 record with a 3.55 ERA in 81 appearances. He recorded 260 strikeouts in 297.2 innings. Montalbano was awarded the 2001 Red Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Year Award after reaching the AA level with the Trenton Thunder.

Northeastern will also honor its four seniors in a pregame ceremony. A live streaming broadcast of both ceremonies, as well as the Huskies’ game versus James Madison, will be available free of charge on www.GoNU.TV.

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