Wild Rally Ties Game in 9th; Suspended Game Resumes Friday, 10:30am
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Manhattan College's baseball team scored five times with two outs in the top of the ninth to tie the game 6-6 before fog prevented the game from going any longer.
Trailing 6-1 in the ninth inning, Jason Patnick singled and Joe McClennan drew a walk against Monmouth reliever Stephen Frey, who entered the game with a 2.05 earned run average. The Jaspers ultimately loaded the bases with two outs for Evan Brown, who drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch to force home a run, making it a 6-2 game.
With heavy fog starting to roll in, Jose Carrera lofted a fly ball to shallow left field. Monmouth's left fielder and shortstop converged but neither fielder was able to make the play, allowing two runs to score. Carrera dashed to second base on the throw home, sliding in just ahead of the tag, representing the tying run.
With runners on second and third and two outs, Brendan Slattery stroked a single the other way into right field to score Brown and score Carrera with the tying run, sending the Jaspers' dugout in a fit of jubilation. Slattery ultimately made it to second base on the throw home. Manhattan's next batter, Christian Santisteban, stroked a single the other way into left field. Slattery rounded third and headed home but was thrown out at the plate attempting to score the go-ahead run.
In the bottom of the ninth, with the fog intensifying, Sean Abbate retired the first two batters before Monmouth loaded the bases with two outs. Abbate coolly got the final out on a called third strike, sending the game into extra innings and allowing the Jaspers to play another day.
With the score tied at 6-6 to start the 10th inning, the suspended game will resume on Friday, May 23 at 10:30 a.m. The winner will play fourth-seeded Quinnipiac 30 minutes after the conclusion of the game and the loser will be eliminated from the tournament.