Jaspers Conclude Non-Conference Play Against Sacred Heart
RIVERDALE, N.Y. – With one week remaining in the regular season, the Manhattan College softball team controls its own destiny with regard to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Tournament. Before the Jaspers (20-24) can start thinking about the weekend, though, they must first wrap up the non-conference portion of the schedule on Tuesday, when Sacred Heart (12-29) visits Gaelic Park for a 3 p.m. twinbill.
Manhattan earned a key doubleheader sweep at MAAC rival Saint Peter’s on Sunday and has won three of its last four games. In addition to leading the pitching staff with 10 wins and a 3.43 ERA, senior Kate Bowen (Newtown, Conn.) paces the Manhattan offense in batting average (.327), hits (52) and doubles (13). Sophomore Elena Bowman (San Mateo, Calif.) is tied for the MAAC lead with 11 home runs, and she also leads the Jaspers with 38 RBIs to go along with a .315 average. Freshman Jenn Vazquez (Fairfield, Conn.) is hitting .308 with eight home runs and 34 RBIs, while junior Amanda Paxson (Cedar Grove, N.J.) boasts a .300 batting average. In the circle, junior Amy Bright (Manlius, N.Y.) has a team-best 90 strikeouts.
Sacred Heart is looking to snap a 12-game losing streak. The Pioneers’ last victory was a 5-3 triumph over Yale on April 16. Junior Justine Sibthorp leads Sacred Heart with a .292 batting average and 18 runs scored, while senior Annie Dreher boasts team-highs in hits (35), home runs (5), doubles (7) and RBIs (16). Sophomore Adrianna Mallory paces the pitching staff with six wins, and junior Kacie Wentworth has a 2.19 ERA. Meanwhile, freshman Jamie Carlson has struck out 109 opposing hitters in 122.2 innings of work.The Jaspers and Pioneers split a doubleheader in Connecticut last season. Sacred Heart notched a 2-1 victory in the first game before Manhattan rallied to post a 6-4 win in game two.