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Courtesy: Manhattan Athletic Department
Release: 05/05/2007
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Fairfield, Conn. (May 5, 2007)- Manhattan won both games of its MAAC double header at Fairfield this afternoon at Alumni Diamond to improve to 30-12 overall, and 19-0 in MAAC play.  The Jaspers 19-0 start to conference play is the best in MAAC history, surpassing Le Moyne College’s 17-0 start in 2003.  The 30 wins is the fourth most in Manhattan history.  The Jaspers won game one, 9-4, and game two, 5-0.


In the opener, Manhattan plated a run in the top of the third on an RBI by Eric Nieto, scoring Nunzio Franzese, and increased the lead to 2-0 in the top of the fourth when Dom Lombardi’s RBI sacrifice fly scored Nick Derba.


An RBI groundout scored a run for Fairfield in the bottom of the fourth, but the Jaspers got the run back in the top of the sixth on a solo home run by Ruben Perez before blowing the game open with a five run seventh.


In the seventh, Manhattan loaded the bases with none out, and scored its first run when Rene Ruiz came home on a wild pitch.  Lombardi chased home Derba and Matt Rizzotti with a two-RBI single to center, and two Stag errors led to two more runs.


Franzese homered to left in the top of the ninth to increase the Jasper lead to 9-1, and Fairfield scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the ninth to close out the game.


Jesse Darcy earned his eight win of the season, and improved to a perfect 7-0 in MAAC play, allowing one run over seven innings and striking out four.


In the nightcap, senior Josh Santerre earned his career-high matching seventh win of the season, going the distance for the complete game shutout, allowing just five hits while striking out eight.


Manhattan scored all the runs it would need in support of Santerre in the top of the third, as Kevin Nieto plated Franzese and Perez with a two-RBI single before scoring himself on a Ruiz RBI single.


The Jaspers added two insurance runs in the top of the seventh, as Kevin Nieto drove home his brother Eric Nieto with an RBI single, and Derba tallied an RBI single, scoring Ruiz.


The two teams complete their three game MAAC series on Sunday, May 6, with a single, nine-inning game, slated to begin at 12 noon.


NOTE: Manhattan will honor its seniors on Saturday, May 12 before the first game of its MAAC double header against Le Moyne.  The ceremony is slated to begin at approximately 11:45 a.m.

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