Manhattan Drops Doubleheader to #20 Maryland
Box Score - Game One
Box Score - Game Two
RIVERDALE, N.Y. - The Manhattan baseball team dropped its doubleheader on Saturday falling to #20 Maryland (8-1) 4-1 in game one and 10-1 in the second contest. The Jaspers and Terps will complete the four-game series on Sunday at 1 p.m. in College Park, Md.
In game one, senior starter Mike Giordano lasted five innings against the nationally ranked Terps, but he was out-dueled on the mound by Maryland senior right-hander David Carroll who pitched a complete game two-hitter in the seven inning affair. Sophomore first baseman Tim Kiene, designated hitter Ryan Holland and third baseman K.J. Hockaday had two hits apiece and combined for six of Maryland's eight hits.
The Jaspers struck first with junior catcher Ramon Ortega knocking in his third run of the season to give Manhattan a 1-0 lead. Maryland capitalized on a prime opportunity in the second inning when an error to lead off the frame contributed to the three run surge. After the throwing error, Hockaday tripled to lock the contest at 1-1. Then Alfredo Rodriguez singled in Hockaday for the go-ahead run and Jordan Hagel finished off the inning with a RBI single to left center, which put Maryland on top 3-1. Maryland tacked on an insurance run in the fourth inning when Holland was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Giordano posted two strikeouts and yielded only one walk in his first loss of the season. Carroll struck out six Jaspers with two walks as he improved to 2-0 on the year.
In game two, Maryland erupted for seven of its 10 runs in the first four innings quickly getting to Jaspers' sophomore starter Kevin Bonanni. Hagel led the Terps' offense with a 4-for-5 performance at the plate with three RBI and three runs scored in the 10-1 victory.
Hagel sent Maryland ahead 2-0 in the first inning with a home run that exited right-center field. The Jaspers answered back in the second inning getting on the scoreboard with senior designated hitter Matt Troisi's RBI double that made it a 2-1 game. Troisi knocked in junior Kyle Murphy who singled earlier in the inning and finished the game 2-for-3 at the plate.
A lead off double by Hagel in the third inning led to another Maryland run, and then in the fourth inning the floodgates opened as the Terps tacked on four more runs to take a 7-1 advantage. Back-to-back RBI doubles by Hagel and Kiene were key to the Terps scoring rush.
Maryland used a three-run seventh inning to help secure its third straight win over Manhattan (1-6). Bonanni pitched 3 2/3 innings posting two strikeouts in his second loss of the season. Terps right-hander Sander Beck earned his first win of the year pitching five innings with three strikeouts and without a walk.