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Manhattan Drops Doubleheader At Maine

Courtesy: Manhattan Athletic Department
Release: 04/15/2017
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Orono, ME – Maine swept a doubleheader from Manhattan by scores of 18-13 and 10-6 in concluding a four game series between the teams at Mahaney Diamond.

The Jaspers are now 9-23 while the Black Bears improve to 12-17.

Junior Brendan Bisset (New City, NY / Don Bosco Prep (NJ)) paced Manhattan on the day, finishing up 5-for-10 with four RBI and two runs.

Game Two
Maine overcame a pair of deficits en route to post a series-clinching 10-6 win over Manhattan.

Bisset was the aggressor for the Jaspers offense for the second-straight game, finishing up 2-for-4 wtih two runs.

In the top of the first, the Garden State native reached via a one-out single before senior Jason Patnick (Hopewell, NJ / Hopewell Valley) was plunked. Junior Fabian Pena (Miami, FL / Calusa Prep) followed with his team-leading 12th double in giving the visitors a 2-0 advantage.

The Black Bears immediately got those runs back in the bottom part of the frame with a pair of solo home runs.

Manhattan responded with a single score in the top of the second as junior Brandon Valls (Miami, FL / Dean CC) led off with a single before moving to second on an Alex Cerda (Miami, FL / Florida Christian School) and would come around to score on a Michael Pfenninger (Jr., Flemington, NJ / Hunterdon Central) RBI single.

Unfortunately, Maine again tied it up in the bottom of the second at 3-3 despite not having the ball leave the infield.

The Black Bears then took their first lead of the game with five runs over the next two frames in building an 8-3 advantage.

In the top of the fifth, the Jaspers rallied for three runs with Bisset again serving as the catalyst. The Empire State native led off with a single before Patnick drew a free pass. Later in the frame, senior Evan Brown (Asburnham, MA / Bridgton Academy (ME)) smoked a one-out double to plate Bisset while pushing Patnick to third. Classmate Matt Forlow (Cold Spring, NY / Haldane) followed with a two-run triple in trimming the deficit to 8-6.

Maine would get two of those runs back in the bottom part of the frame in providing the final 10-6 margin.

Freshman RHP T.J. Stuart (Milford, CT / Joseph A. Foran) again was solid out of the bullpen, yielding just two runs over 3.0 innings of work.

Jeremy Pena was 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI while Tyler Schwanz went 3-for-4 with a home run with two RBI and two runs to pace a 15-hit attack for the Black Bears. John Arel earned the win, striking out five over 5.0 innings.

Game One
Manhattan dropped a slugfest to Maine by an 18-13 count in the opener.

Bisset had a monster game, going 3-for-6 with a double and four RBI to highlight four multi-hit performers for a Jasper squad that rapped out 13 hits.

The Black Bears jumped out to a 7-0 lead after three innings before Manhattan responded with three runs in the fourth. Patnick and Forlow each singled before junior Ryan Gronlier (Doral, FL / Doral Academy) delivered a two-run double. Sophomore Richie Barrella (Larchmont, NY / Canterbury Prep) followed with a run-scoring single in trimming the deficit to 7-3.

Maine responded with nine runs in its next two trips to the plate in opening up a 16-3 lead.

Down but not out, Manhattan loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth before Barrella delivered a two-run single. Pfenninger quickly reloaded the bases with a single and Bisset promptly cleared them with a three-run double in making it a 16-8 game.

After the Black Bears added two runs to the lead in the bottom part of the frame, the Jaspers again made one last push in the ninth with five runs while batting around for the second time in the game. Valls delivered a three-run triple before scoring on a wild pitch and Bisset capped the scoring his third hit of the game.

Barrella and Valls each had two hits and three RBI while Forlow added two hits and three runs to round out the multi-hit performers for Manhattan. Freshman RHP Alexis Calderon (Bethlehem, PA / Liberty) was solid in firing 2.1 scoreless innings of relief.

Christopher Bec went 3-for-4 with two doubles, three runs and three RBI to lead a 15-hit Maine offense. Cody Laweryson earned the win, striking out three over 5.0 innings.

The Jaspers when they host Hofstra on Tuesday, April 18 with first pitch tabbed for 6:30 pm.

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