Manhattan Capitalizes on Its Opportunities in Baseball Doubleheader Sweep
NEW YORK -- Columbia outhit Manhattan 10-8 in game one, but left 11 men on base as the Jaspers came away with a 7-2 victory. Jasper starter Scott McClennan was the story in game two, as he twirled a complete-game, five-hit shutout, helping lift Manhattan to a 6-0 win.
Manhattan went ahead 2-0 in the second inning, playing small ball to push across a pair. With runners on first and second after consecutive singles, Mikey Miranda's sacrifice bunt advanced both into scoring position.
Yoandry Galan then dropped down a squeeze bunt between the mound and home that pitcher Harrison Slutsky gloved. In one motion, Slutsky underhanded it to the plate but Anthony Vega was able to slide home safely with the first run of the game and Manhattan made it 2-0 with an unearned run on an errant throw from right field later in the frame.
Columbia came back to make it 2-1 in the third when Nick Cox led off with a ringing double to left center field. He advanced to third on a wild pitch then came around to score when Jon Eisen drilled a run-scoring single back through the middle.
The Lions loaded the bases with nobody out in the fourth and appeared poised to take the lead but Manhattan reliever Dan Feinberg induced a 1-2-3 double play and got the final out on a groundout to get out of the jam unscathed.
Chad Salem's two-run homer made it 4-1 in the fifth inning. Manhattan added an unearned run in the sixth and scored twice in the seventh to take a 7-1 lead.
Dario Pizzano reached on an infield single and Jason Banos followed with a double to right center to start the seventh as Columbia edged closer on Nick Ferraresi's run-scoring groundout, making it 7-2. Manhattan reliever Jacob Marchus was able to keep the score at 7-2, closing out the win for the Jaspers.
Manhattan jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first after leadoff batter Mark Onorati doubled and scored on Chad Salem's sacrifice fly.
The Lions got a runner into scoring position in the first and loaded the bases in the second inning but could not capitalize as the score remained 1-0 heading to the fourth.
Columbia starter Max Lautmann pitched two hitless innings in the second and third until Austin Sheffield led off the fourth with a solo home run, making it 2-0.
Leading 3-0 in the fifth inning, Manhattan broke the game open with three runs against Lion reliever Ricky Kleban. From there, Jasper starter Scott McClennan took control, working around a pair of singles by Anthony Potter and Billy Rumpke in the seventh inning to shut the door and finish off the shutout.
Columbia is back in action on Saturday, April 23 when the Lions will begin a four-game series at Princeton. First pitch on Saturday is set for 1 p.m.
With his double in the seventh inning of game one, Jason Banos moved into third place in career doubles with 41 ... Nick Cox, Jon Eisen, Dario Pizzano and Jason Banos each had two hits in the opener as the number one through four hitters went 8-for-14 with two runs scored ... Anthony Potter and Billy Rumpke each went 2-for-3 in the second game ... Roger Aquino and Tim Giel each threw scoreless innings in game two ... after playing under cloudy skies at the start, the weather cleared and it ended being a very nice spring afternoon in New York City.