Riverdale, N.Y. (March 27, 2007)- Manhattan scored nine runs over the final three innings of play to blow open a close game, as the Jaspers downed Long Island University, 13-6, this afternoon on a picturesque day at Van Cortlandt Park. With the win, their fourth in a row, the Jaspers improve to 8-10, while the Blackbirds fall to 3-10.
Long Island took advantage of two
Matt Rizzotti started things off with a leadoff home run to right center, and, after an out, two walks put runners on first and second for Rene Ruiz. Ruiz laced a single to right, scoring Marc Giordano, before two consecutive balks plated Ruben Perez and Ruiz to make the score 4-0 in favor of the home team.
The Blackbirds would rally in the top of the fourth, scoring four runs on four hits, and chasing Jasper starter Mike Gazzola. Brian Pendergast would enter the game in relief with two on and two out, but would end the threat with a groundout.
Back-to-back round trippers by Garcia and Rizzotti to lead off the seventh made the score 10-6, and a Nick Derba home run and a Dom Lombardi two-RBI double in the eighth would provide the final margin.
After shutting down the LIU rally in the fourth, Pendergast would cruise the rest of the way, allowing just one single and just one runner to advance into scoring position to earn his second win of the season.
Rizzotti, who has belted four home runs in the last four games, went 3-4 with three RBI and three runs scored, and Garcia (3-5, 3 runs, 1 RBI), Perez (2-3, 2 runs), and Ruiz (2-4, 2 runs, 2 RBI) would join him with multi-hit games, as Manhattan collected a season-high 15 hits on the day.
The Jaspers return to action tomorrow, Wednesday, March 28, hosting New York Institute of Technology at Van Cortlandt Park. The first pitch is slated for 3:30 p.m.