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Jaspers Return to Florida For Seven Games

Courtesy: Manhattan Athletic Department
Release: 03/10/2017
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RIVERDALE, NY – After opening its home schedule with a doubleheader sweep of Hartford on Tuesday, the Manhattan College softball team (3-4) returns to the Florida sunshine this weekend for seven games.  The Jaspers will take part in the Stetson Westin Invitational from Friday-Sunday before playing a pair of neutral-site contests against Colgate (1-7) and Yale (0-4) on Tuesday.

On Friday, Manhattan will face North Dakota State (6-13) at 1:30 p.m. before meeting host Stetson (17-3) at 6:30 p.m.  The Jaspers will take on North Dakota State again at 10 a.m., then squares off with Colgate at 12:15 p.m.  Manhattan concludes the Stetson Westin Invitational against Columbia (2-6) at 10 a.m. on Sunday.  After a day off, the Jaspers will play Colgate at 10 a.m. and Yale at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

The Jaspers posted a pair of victories over Hartford on Tuesday, knocking off the Hawks 9-2 and 3-2.  Jenn Vazquez (Fairfield, CT) had four RBIs in the doubleheader and is tied for the team lead in that category.  Christine Gebhardt (Middletown, NJ) has also driven in four runs this season, and she’s batting a squad-best .292.  Shannon Puthe (Mullica Hill, NJ) also boasts a .292 batting average to go along with six runs scored.  Briana Matazinsky (Valley Falls, NY), meanwhile, paces the pitching staff with two wins and a 1.88 ERA.

North Dakota State went 2-3 at the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Invitational last weekend.  Zoe Stavrou leads the Bison with a .264 batting average and nine runs scored.  She’s also belted four homers this season and has eight RBIs.  Montana DeCam paces the squad with nine RBIs, while Stephanie Soria has belted four doubles.  Jacquelyn Sertic is the ace of the pitching staff.  She has five wins (four of which are shutouts), one save, a 2.11 ERA and 108 strikeouts in 96.1 innings.

Stetson comes into the tournament on a seven-game winning streak.  Kelsey Waters is hitting .500 this season, while Ashly Smith boasts a .415 batting average.  Smith and Maggie Fritts have belted four home runs apiece.  Blake Crews leads the Hatters with 27 RBIs, and Linda Ross has scored 29 runs.  Jessie Tenbroeck, meanwhile, has 27 stolen bases.  Brooke Hutto is 8-0 in the circle with a 2.59 ERA.  Tori Perkins has won six games and struck out 30 opposing hitters.

Colgate also played in a tournament at Stetson last weekend, dropping all four of its games.  Holly Geranen paces the Raiders with eight hits and a .348 batting average.  She’s also tied for the team lead with five RBIs.  Katie Bushee, the other Colgate player with five RBIs, and Pami White have each belted two home runs this season.  Kyle Griswold picked up the Raiders’ only win in the circle.  She boasts a team-best ERA of 5.62 to go along with 13 strikeouts.

Columbia is coming off a 3-0 win over George Mason on Sunday.  Madison Gott has 10 hits and a .400 batting average.  She also leads the team in home runs (3), RBIs (6) and runs scored (4).  Tonia Wu leads the pitching staff with a 2.10 ERA and 15 strikeouts.  She and Maura Lynch each have one win in the circle.  This will be the first of three meetings between Manhattan and Columbia this season.  The Jaspers host the Lions for a doubleheader on April 26.

Yale has been off since opening the season at the Auburn Tournament from Feb. 24-26.  Shelby Kennedy leads the Bulldogs with a .400 batting average, while Laina Do is hitting .364 this season.  They each recorded four hits in Yale’s first four games.  Terra Jerpbak, who has scored two runs this season, has thrown a team-high 10 innings in the circle.  Francesca Casalino, meanwhile, boasts a team-best seven strikeouts.

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