BASEBALL'S NINTH INNING RALLY FALLS JUST SHORT, 8-7
Riverdale, N.Y. (March 28, 2007)- Trailing by two with two out in the bottom of the ninth, Manhattan rallied to score a run and load the bases, but could not push across the equalizer, dropping an 8-7 decision to New York Tech this afternoon at Van Cortlandt Park. The loss snaps the Jaspers’ four-game winning streak, and drops their record to 8-11, while the Bears improve to 3-10.
NYIT got on the board in the top of the third, plating a run on a single, and took the lead with a four run fourth, with the big hit being a two-RBI single by Kraig Binick, two grab a 5-3 lead.
NYIT regained the lead in the top of the sixth on a two-RBI single by Joe Esposito to take a 7-5 lead, but the Jaspers responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the frame on a Kevin Nieto RBI triple, which scored Ruben Perez.
The Bears scored what would turn out to be a crucial insurance run in the eighth on an Esposito single to take an 8-6 lead into the bottom of the ninth.
After the first two outs were recorded in the ninth, Garcia singled up the middle to start the Jaspers’ rally. NYIT closer John Eichorn would walk the next three batters to force in a run and put the tying run on third and the winning run on second, but Eichorn induced a popup to third to end the rally and the game.