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Manhattan is in search of its fourth MAAC Title

Manhattan Continues Pursuit Of Its Fourth MAAC Title Thursday

Courtesy: Manhattan Athletic Department
Release: 05/25/2017
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Niagara Falls, NY -
No. 5 Manhattan continues pursuit of the 2017 MAAC Championship against No. 6 Rider on Thursday, May 25 at 7:30 pm at Sal Maglie Stadium.

Tonight's game with the Broncs WILL NOT be streamed through MAAC TV. 

Manhattan MAAC Tournament History:
* Appearances: 12
* Last Appearance: 2016 | Finish: 4th (2-2) - Defeated MU, Lost to FFD, Defeated MU, Lost to Siena
* All-Time Record: 19-20
* Last Title: 2012
* All-Time Finishes: 1st ('12, '11, '06) | 2nd ('07, '04) | 3rd ('10, '09, '03) | 4th ('16, '08, '05) | 6th ('14)
* Record As Seed: No. 1 (8-3) | No. 2 (3-4) | No. 3 (2-4) | No. 4 (4-6) | No. 5 (0-1) | No. 6 (2-4) 
* Tourney Record Against The Field: 
Fairfield (1-2) | Marist (3-2) | Canisius (3-4) | Iona (0-1) | Rider (3-1)
* Duffy MAAC Tournament Record: 6-6
* Duffy's Career Record Against The Field:
Fairfield (8-9) | Marist (5-10) | Canisius (6-11) | Iona (11-8) | Rider (8-9)
* Duffy's Tournament Record Against The Field: 
Fairfield (1-2) | Marist (0-0) | Canisius (2-0) | Iona (0-1) | Rider (1-1)

27 Facts About The Active Roster (Entering Tournament):
1. Tom Cosgrove:  Over his last six games, is 4-2 with a 1.50 ERA, 45 strikeouts and three complete games over 42.0 innings while limiting opposing hitters to a .220 average.
2. Joey Rocchietti: During MAAC play, Manhattan went 6-2 in his starts.
3. Matt Simonetti: Struck out three over 5.0 scoreless innings of two-hit ball in earning the win in MAAC Tournament-clinching victory over Saint Peter's. 
4. Shawn Kanwisher: Over his last 13 games, has a 1.83 ERA with four saves and 14 strikeouts over 19.2 innings while limiting opposing hitters to a .169 average.
5. T.J. Stuart: Has been unscored upon in 10-of-12 appearances, notching a 1.53 ERA with 21 strikeouts over 17.2 innings.
6. Nick Massa: Struck out five over a career-high 5.2 innings of action against Quinnipiac, yielding just one hit.
7. Steve Arntsen: 4.1 innings, one run over his last two outings.
8. Matt Jones: Unscored upon in four-of-five outings.
9: Ryan Takacs: Struck out five over 3.0 scoreless against LIU Brooklyn. 
10. Alexis Calderon: Did not allow a run over four appearances, recording two strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA.
11. Anthony Fanelli - Has made two appearances, highlighted by firing a scoreless inning against LIU Brooklyn.
12. Ian Scheuer: Appeared in four games.
13. Jack Kelly: Also has seen action in four games.

Position Players:
14. Fabian Pena: Over his last seven games, is hitting .593 with nine runs, 10 doubles, one home run and 13 RBI.
15. Brendan Bisset: Has reached base in 15-straight games, hitting .431 (25-of-58) with seven RBI and five doubles during that time with a .517 slugging percentage and a .484 OBP.
16. Matt Forlow: Hitting .500 (20-of-40) in his last 12 games with 14 runs, six extra-base hits, 12 RBI, six walks and four stolen bases with seven multi-hit games.
17. Evan Brown: Crushed a two-run double in Manhattan's 5-1 MAAC-playoff clinching win over Saint Peter's.
18. Jose Carrera: Is batting .322 (19-of-59) with 11 runs, six RBI, five doubles and four stolen bases while hitting safely in 12 of his last 14 games.
19. Jason Patnick: Is batting .308 (16-of-52) with eight runs, three doubles, five RBI and six walks while notching five multi-hit performances in his last 15 games.  

20. Michael Pfenninger: Has hit safely in each of his last four games, batting .357 (5-for-14) with five RBI and five runs.
21. Brandon Valls: Has started each of last four games in center field, batting .429 (6-for-14) during that time while notching a hit in each game.
22. Richie Barrella: Hitting .356 (21-of-59) over his last 20 games with eight runs and eight RBI.
23. Dominic Palma: Had two runs and a double in series-clinching win over Rider.
24. Ryan Gronlier:  Had two hits in start against Quinnipiac.
25. Adam Genners: Went 2-for-3 with a rbi and a walk in doubleheader at Iona.
26. Paul Genners: Scored a run in win over Saint Peter's after missing the previous two-plus months.
27. Alex Cerda: Had a home run and three RBI in doubleheader sweep of Rider.

The last time Manhattan won the MAAC title in 2012, Duffy guided the Jaspers to wins over Fairfield, Rider and Canisius.


The Jaspers have now qualified for 12 of the last 14 MAAC Tournaments beginning with the 2003 season. Prior to 2003, the Riverdale-based school had never played for the MAAC title.

Manhattan swept three games from Saint Peter's to clinch a tournament berth on the final day of the year. Forlow hit .727 with seven runs and five RBI while Pena notched a .692 average with six doubles and five runs to highlight an offensive effort that batted .423 while limiting the visitors to a scant .233 mark.

* The Jaspers took two-of-three from the Broncs thanks to hitting .355 as a team.
* Forlow hit .600 (6-of-10) average against Rider pitcher with the All-MAAC second baseman scoring five runs with three RBI, two doubles and three stolen bases.
* Kanwisher earned a win and a save with four strikeouts over 4.1 innings.


* The senior hurler will get the ball in tonight's elimination game. 

* Rocchietti is 5-4 with 70 strikeouts, against just 12 walks, and a 4.80 ERA over 80.2 innings 
* During MAAC play, he is 3-1 with 48 strikeouts, against just five walks, over 53.1 innings. 
* Rocchietti is the most experienced pitcher in the MAAC and ranks fifth among active NCAA players with 52 careers starts and sixth with 326 innings of work.
* The Garden State native also is just eight strikeouts away from 200.
* Earlier this year, Rocchietti struck out eight Broncs, against just one walk, while yielding three earned runs over 6.1 innings.
* In his career, he has a 3.63 ERA with 15 strikeouts, against just five walks, over 17.1 innings against Rider.

* Bisset (.444, 3 runs, 3 RBI), Pfenninger (.444, 4 RBI, 3 runs), Forlow (.391, 6 runs, 5 RBI), Patnick (.313, 3 runs, 2 RBI), Brown (.304, 4 RBI, 3 runs) and Pena (.300, 1 R) all are hitting at least .300 against Rider pitching in their careers. 

The trio of Pena (First), Cosgrove (Second) and Forlow (Second) all earned All-MAAC recognition at the annual awards banquet.

* The lone unanimous All-MAAC selection, Pena was recognized as the league's top backstop for a second-straight year.
* Pena batted .333 (9th MAAC) with 65 hits (6th MAAC), a MAAC-leading 24 doubles, three home runs, 31 RBI, 100 total bases (4th MAAC) and a .513 slugging percentage (7th MAAC) while recording a team-leading 18 multi-hit games and nine multi-RBI performances.
* His 24 doubles rank fourth nationally and are first in the Jasper single-season annals.
* Has thrown out 35.1 percent (20-of-57) of runners on the bases 
* Batted .398 during MAAC play with 17 runs, 13 doubles, one triple, one home run, 16 RBI and a .602 slugging percentage.
* For his career, is hitting .342 with 140 hits, 46 doubles, 12 home runs and 85 RBI while starting all 106 games during that time.

* Leads the MAAC and is 34th nationally with 99 strikeouts while going 5-6 with a 4.19 ERA and four complete games over 77.1 innings while limiting opposing hitters to a .264 average.
* With just one more strikeout, he will become just the third Manhattan pitcher to hit the century mark and is just six away from Chris Cody's school-record of 105.
* Has notched double-figures in strikeouts four times while earning MAAC Pitcher of the Week honors twice. 
* During MAAC play, is 5-3 with 66 strikeouts, two complete games and one shutout over 51.0 innings.
* Earned his first weekly MAAC honor after striking out 10 in firing a two-hit shutout at Canisius.
* Finished the year with six strikeouts over 6.0 innings of four-hit ball in victory over Saint Peter's in collecting his second weekly accolade.

* Hit .308 (52-of-169) with a team-leading 33 runs, 10 doubles, four triples, three home runs, 30 runs and 10 stolen bases while posting a .467 slugging percentage. 
* Also has recorded 14 walks while being plunked 13 times en route to posting a .399 OBP with 14 multi-hit games and seven multi-RBI performances.
* During MAAC play, is batting .392 with a team-high 18 runs, six doubles, one triple, two home runs, a team-leading 17 RBI and a team-best six stolen bases while posting a .581 slugging percentage and a .483 OBP. 
* Is hitting .500 (20-of-40) in his last 12 games with 14 runs, six extra-base hits, 12 RBI, six walks and four stolen bases with seven multi-hit games.

* Manhattan hasn't made an error in five-straight games and ranks third in the MAAC with a .965 fielding percentage, including a league-best .974 mark during MAAC games.

* Kanwisher's team-leading seven saves are just one off the school-record of eight set on two occasions and most recently by Tom Turner in 2001.
* Kanwisher also has 12 career saves and is just three shy of matching Jacob Marchus' career record of 15.

* Patnick hit a team-best .438 with a triple, home run and five RBI.
* Pena batted .421 with a double, two home runs and seven RBI en route to earning MAAC All-Tournament Team honors.
* Carrera rounded out the .400 hitters, going 8-for-20 with two doubles, a triple and four RBI.

Pena was named to the official watch list for the 2017 Johnny Bench Award presented by as announced by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission. 

Carrera was tabbed as one of the top-five stolen base threats in the Division I ranks by the NCAA and is fourth among active players with 72 stolen bases. Click  HERE for the entire article.

Manhattan returns 25 letterwinners, including seven starting position players and their entire weekend rotation from a year ago. Click HERE for the entire prospectus. 

On the heels of his landmark rookie campaign, Pena was tabbed as the MAAC Preseason Player of the Year in the annual Coaches Poll as well as by Baseball AmericaCollegiate BaseballD1 Baseball and Perfect Game.

Pena also was selected as the No. 1 MAAC Pro Prospect for the 2018 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft by D1Baseball.Com and was slated as the 130th top collegiate prospect for the 2018. Cosgrove was also slated as the top prospect for the 2017 MLB Draft by Baseball America and as the fourth-best by D1Baseball.Com. Additionally, Carrera was picked as the No. 10 pro prospect in the circuit by Baseball America.

The Jaspers welcome nine student-athletes to the fold this year, including five pitchers and four position players.

Manhattan was tabbed to finish fourth and return to the MAAC Tournament in the annual preseason Coaches Poll for the second-straight year and fourth time in Duffy's tenure in Riverdale.

The landmark 2006 Jaspers' Baseball team that upset nationally ranked Nebraska en route to a second-place finish at the Lincoln Regional was selected to the Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame this past fall.

4 - The number of wins it would take for Manhattan to win the title out of the winner's bracket.

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