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Jaspers Snap Three-Game Skid With Win at Army

Courtesy: Manhattan Athletics Department
Release: 04/17/2013
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WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Manhattan College baseball team broke a 1-1 tie with one run in the seventh and two in the eighth, then held off Army’s ninth-inning rally to post a 4-3 victory over the Black Knights (16-17) at Doubleday Field on Wednesday afternoon.  With the win, the Jaspers (16-18) snapped a three-game losing streak.

The Jaspers got on the board first with a run in the top of the second.  Joe McClennan (Highland Mills, N.Y.) was hit by a pitch leading off the inning, then moved to second on Brendan Slattery’s (Danbury, Conn.) groundout and scored on a single by Yoandry Galan (Miami, Fla.).  Army knotted the game in the bottom of the third when Harold Earls drew a one-out walk and came around on a double by Alex Jensen.

After leaving a runner on base in the fourth and two more in the sixth, Manhattan finally broke the tie with a run in the seventh.  Chris Reynolds (Wall, N.J.) started the rally with a single to right before moving to second on a wild pitch.  He took third on a Kyle Murphy (Waterbury, Conn.) groundout, then Ramon Ortega (Miami, Fla.) delivered an RBI double to right that put the Jaspers up 2-1.

Manhattan added two more in the top of the eighth.  Andrew Gorecki (Smithtown, N.Y.) walked with one out and advanced to second on a wild pitch.  After Galan struck out, Nick Camastro (Lagrangeville, N.Y.) delivered an RBI single to left field.  He took second on the throw home before stealing third.  That stolen base led directly to another Manhattan run, as Camastro came around on an infield single by Reynolds.

However, the Black Knights rallied in the ninth.  Andrew Johnson started the inning with a double to left center and Michael Sands followed with a single to left.  After pinch hitter Brock Davidson struck out, Justin Reece singled to center field, knocking in Johnson.  Reynolds misplayed the ball, though, allowing Sands to score.  Reece took second on a wild pitch before John Soldinger (Bay Shore, N.Y.) got Earls to ground to first, preserving a 4-3 victory for the Jaspers.

Reynolds was the only Jasper to have a multi-hit game, going 3-for-4 at the plate with a run scored and an RBI.  Camastro went 1-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI out of the leadoff spot.  Matt Jordan (Kingston, N.Y.) got the start on the mound and went four innings.  He allowed one run and three hits, struck out three and walked three.  Kevin Bonanni (Plainview, N.Y.) and Michael Scarinci (Nanuet, N.Y.) each threw a perfect inning of relief, while Michael Martin (Massapequa, N.Y.) (1-4) earned the win after giving up just one hit and striking out two in two shutout innings.  Soldinger picked up his first save of the season after yielding two runs (one earned) on three hits while also striking out a pair in the ninth.

Seven different Black Knights each had one hit, with Jensen and Johnson contributing doubles.  Starting pitcher John Malcolm tossed two innings, surrendering one run on two hits, striking out one and walking three.  Patrick Gardner allowed just one hit and one walk in three innings of shutout relief, while Brian Hapeman (0-1) took the loss after yielding one run on three hits in 1.2 innings of work.  He also notched a strikeout.  Jack Verrill was charged with two runs, two hits and a walk while also picking up a strikeout in 1.1 innings of work, and Gunnar Carroll gave up a hit and a walk and recorded a strikeout in the ninth.  

Manhattan (6-6 MAAC) resumes its Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) schedule with a three-game series against Canisius (24-10, 4-5 MAAC) at Van Cortlandt Park this weekend.  The Jaspers and Griffs will play a doubleheader on Saturday at 12 p.m., followed by a single game at 12 p.m. on Sunday.

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