Jaspers down Local BIG EAST Rival
RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Manhattan snapped Seton Hall’s (8-6) five game win streak on Wednesday as the Jaspers rolled to an 11-4 victory on Owen T Carroll Field in South Orange, N.J. Manhattan utilized seven pitchers, including a solid start from freshman Mike Giordano who earned the first win of his collegiate career.
Junior centerfielder Kevin Nieto got the Jaspers out of the gate with a triple to lead off the game, marking the 12th of his career. McCann drove Nieto across the plate in the next at bat to give
Nieto scored three runs batting in the lead off spot, while McCann registered two hits in the contest.
Nieto crossed the plate later in the inning on a Seton Hall fielding error, and Perez then capped the mini surge with a RBI single. Then in the fourth, McCann and Onorati delivered back-to-back RBI singles to extend the Jaspers advantage to 6-0.
Freshmen Mike Giordano and Matt Jordan pitched strong holding the Pirates scoreless through the first four innings. Giordano, a right hander from
Seton Hall captured its first three runs of the contest in the fifth inning, breaking the ice when sophomore shortstop A.J. Rusbarsky crossed the plate on a wild pitch. Frank Esposito and Charlie Rivera were responsible for the next two RBI before sophomore right hander Mike Tibbetts could get the Jaspers out of the inning.
The Pirates pulled within 6-4 in the sixth on designated hitter Chris Affinito’s RBI single through the left side.
The victory marks the program’s first over a BIG EAST opponent since May 14, 2002 when