North­eastern Uni­ver­sity base­ball player Ryan Maguire called his shot in the dugout, and then backed it up, launching a home run on the first pitch of an exhi­bi­tion game against the Boston Red Sox on Sat­urday night at City of Palms Park in Ft. Myers, Fla.

I was joking with my team­mates, saying how crazy it would be if I swung at the first pitch and hit a home run,” says Maguire, a slick-​​fielding infielder who clubbed a total of six long balls during his first three sea­sons with the Huskies. “We were laughing at the time, but it turned out to be true.”

Maguire’s dinger pro­vided the lone high­light for the Huskies, who lost 13–2 in front of 4,616 fans at the Red Sox Spring Training facility. North­eastern kicked off its annual trip to the sun­shine state with reg­ular season losses to Sacred Heart, St. Bonaven­ture and the Uni­ver­sity of Rhode Island.

Maguire, who calls the home run “a sur­real moment that I’ll remember for­ever,” hit a 95-​​mile per hour fast­ball thrown by Kyle Wei­land, a prospect in Boston’s farm system. He geared up for a heater and lost the ball some 30 feet over the left field wall.

I like to take my hacks on the first pitch, so I took a hard swing and made solid con­tact,” says Maguire, who might have an oppor­tu­nity to play pro­fes­sional base­ball in Europe next year. “If I see a fast­ball, that’s great, but if it’s a slider, I might look funny.”

Maguire had a chance to chat with Boston out­fielders Mike Cameron and Jacoby Ells­bury before the game. The fleet-​​footed players gra­ciously signed a couple of balls for the life­long Red Sox fan, who hails from Arlington, Mass.

Maguire told the players that he’d like to see the club bring home another World Series title. “They laughed and said, ‘We’ll try,’” says Maguire. “There’s a lot of pres­sure playing for the Red Sox, and they’re used to everyone telling them that.”

The Huskies will play seven more reg­ular season games in Florida and then travel to North Car­olina for three games against UNC-​​Wilmington. The club will play its first home game on March 16 against Brown University.

Maguire is excited to find out how com­pet­i­tive the team can be. “It looks like we have a lot of poten­tial,” he says.