Manhattan Heads To Western New York For Key Series
Buffalo, NY – Manhattan (14-31; 8-10 MAAC) hits the road for one final in the regular season with three games at Canisius (29-18; 12-6 MAAC) beginning with a 12:00 pm doubleheader on Saturday, May 13 at the Demske Sports Complex.
Probable Jasper Pitching Match-Ups:
Game 1 (9 innings) - Saturday, May 13 - 12:00 pm
Manhattan Freshman RHP Nick Massa (0-0; 3.66 ERA; 27 K/11 BB; 32.0 IP)
Canisius: Junior LHP J.P. Stevenson (8-3; 3.52 ERA; 54 K/16 BB; 76.2 IP)
Game 2 (7 innings) - Saturday, May 13 - 2:30 pm
Manhattan: Junior LHP Tom Cosgrove (3-6; 5.04 ERA; 83 K/29 BB; 64.1 IP)
Canisius: Junior RHP Andrew Sipowicz (4-2; 3.73 ERA; 55 K/18 BB; 62.2 IP)
Game 3 (9 innings) - Sunday, May 14 - 12:00 pm
Manhattan: Senior RHP Joey Rocchietti (4-4; 5.29 ERA; 61 K/10 BB; 68.0 IP)
Canisius: Senior LHP Zachary Sloan (4-2; 4.47 ERA; 50 K/30 BB; 54.1 IP)
QUICK HITS (OFFENSE):
* Junior Brendan Bisset and senior Matt Forlow each hit a team-leading .444 (4-of-9) last weekend against Quinnipiac.
* Bisset has hit safely in a season-high matching nine games and is batting .457 (16-of-35) during that time. On the year, he paces the Jaspers in hitting (.323), OBP (.390) and multi-hit games (13).
* Forlow crushed a big home run in Sunday's win over Quinnipiac and is batting .524 (11-of-21) over his last six games with seven runs, six RBI, three walks and two stolen bases while posting a .762 slugging percentage and a .600 OBP.
* Forlow is hitting .287, including a team-best .364 during MAAC play, with nine doubles, three triples, two home runs and a team-leading 24 RBI.
* Sophomore Fabian Pena went 2-for-3 with a double, home run, four RBI, two runs and a walk in the aforementioned win over Quinnipiac. On the year, the preseason MAAC Player of the Year is hitting .298 with a team-leading 51 hits, 15 doubles (2nd MAAC), one triple, three home runs and 22 RBI with a .450 slugging percentage.
* Pena has also gunned out 34.0 percent (17-of-50) of runners on the bases.
* Sophomore Richie Barrella is hitting .359 (14-of-39) over his last 14 games.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES
Senior Evan Brown is having a breakout campaign in 2017, batting .296 (42-of-142) with 12 doubles, two triples, four home runs and 17 RBI in 41 games after batting just .168 (38-of-226) over the last two years in 80 games with 10 doubles, two triples three home runs and 24 RBI.
QUICK HITS (PITCHING):
* Cosgrove recorded his 200th career strikeout in game two against Quinnipiac.
* Over his last four games, the Staten Island native has 29 strikeouts over 29.0 innings with two complete games and a 2.17 ERA
* Cosgrove continues to pace the MAAC with 83 strikeouts (43rd NCAA) and 11.61 strikeouts per nine innings (27th NCAA).
* Rocchietti earned the win over Quinnipiac with seven strikeouts, against no walks, over 8.1 innings while yielding two runs on seven hits.
* Over his last three outings, he has 17 strikeouts, against just one walk, and a 2.87 ERA.
* Massa, who is starting in game one, fired 5.2 scoreless innings of one-hit relief with a career-high five strikeouts.
* In two previous collegiate starts, Massa has six strikeouts while allowing just one earned run on seven hits over 6.0 innings.
* Over his last 10 games, Shawn Kanwisher is 1-0 with four saves, a 1.15 ERA and 12 strikeouts over 15.2 innings while limiting opposing hitters to a .137 average.
* On the year, his seven saves are just one off the school-record of eight set on two occasions and most recently by Tom Turner in 2001.
* Kanwisher also has 12 career saves and is just three shy of matching Jacob Marchus' career record of 15.
* Manhattan is 5-1 in MAAC games started by Rocchietti and 3-3 in games started by Cosgrove.
* Freshman RHP T.J. Stuart has been solid over his last nine outings, pitching to a 1.93 ERA with 17 strikeouts, against six walks, over 14.0 innings of action.
AMONG THE LEADERS
* Rocchietti is the most experienced pitcher in the MAAC and ranks fifth among active NCAA players with 313.1 innings of work and 50 career starts.
* Carrera is fourth among active NCAA players with 71 steals.
* The Jaspers will be looking for their first series win over Canisius since taking two-of-three in 2012 before defeating the Golden Griffins twice in the MAAC Tournament en route to winning the program's third title.
* Rocchietti fired a complete game win in the series finale against the Golden Griffins a year ago to snap Manhattan's eight-game losing streak to Canisius.
* In the Jaspers' last trip to Buffalo in 2012, senior Jason Patnick was 5-for-8 with two doubles, a triple, three RBI, two runs and two walks.
* Canisius is led by Jake Lumley, who is batting a team-leading .356 with a team-high 68 hits, 39 runs and 12 stolen bases while adding nine doubles, two triples, one home run and 20 RBI.
* Liam Wilson (.335, 14 doubles, 29 RBI), Ryan Stekl (.322, 12 doubles, four home runs, 38 RB) and Christ Conley (.302, 10 EBH, 34 RBI) to round out the Golden Griffins' .300 hitters.
* Tyler Smith leads the bullpen with 10 saves, a 0.38 ERA and 35 strikeouts, against just 13 walks, over 23.2 innings.
PENA NAMED TO JOHNNY BENCH AWARD LIST
Pena was named to the official watch list for the 2017 Johnny Bench Award presented by BaseballSavings.com as announced by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission. On the year, he is hitting .298 with 51 hits, 22 runs, 15 doubles, three home runs and 22 RBI.
Carrera was tabbed as one of the top-five stolen base threats in the Division I ranks by the NCAA and is fourth among active players with 71 stolen bases. Click HERE for the entire article.
Manhattan returns 25 letterwinners, including seven starting position players and their entire weekend rotation from a year ago. Click HERE for the entire prospectus.
PENA GARNERS PRESEASON HONORS
On the heels of his landmark rookie campaign, Pena was tabbed as the MAAC Preseason Player of the Year in the annual Coaches Poll as well as by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, D1 Baseball and Perfect Game.
Pena also was selected as the No. 1 MAAC Pro Prospect for the 2018 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft by D1Baseball.Com and was slated as the 130th top collegiate prospect for the 2018. Cosgrove was also slated as the top prospect for the 2017 MLB Draft by Baseball America and as the fourth-best by D1Baseball.Com. Additionally, Carrera was picked as the No. 10 pro prospect in the circuit by Baseball America.
The Jaspers welcome nine student-athletes to the fold this year, including five pitchers and four position players.
MAAC PRESEASON POLL
Manhattan was tabbed to finish fourth and return to the MAAC Tournament in the annual preseason Coaches Poll for the second-straight year and fourth time in Duffy's tenure in Riverdale.
2006 TEAM INDUCTED TO HALL OF FAME
The landmark 2006 Jaspers' Baseball team that upset nationally ranked Nebraska en route to a second-place finish at the Lincoln Regional was selected to the Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame this past fall.
Manhattan concludes the regular season with three games against Saint Peter's beginning with a 12:00 pm doubleheader on Thursday, May 18.