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Nick Crucet had three base hits in game two.
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Manhattan Gets Out to Early Leads in Doubleheader Sweep of Columbia

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 04/18/2012
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RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Manhattan continued its undefeated season at home with two wins over Columbia, 9-2 and 6-3, in a pair of seven-inning games on a cool, overcast Wednesday afternoon in the Bronx.

Game 1 Recap

Manhattan scored six times, including five unearned runs, against Columbia starter Joey Donino. Zach Epstein came on in relief to stem the tide with 2 1/3 scoreless innings.

The Jaspers led 9-0 before Columbia scored twice in the sixth inning.

Mike Fischer drew a leadoff walk then came around to score on an RBI double by Robb Paller. An RBI groundout off the bat of Eric Williams then plated Billy Rumpke with the second run of the inning.

Manhattan's Sean Abbate allowed two runs on two hits in six innings to gain his first win of the season.

Game 2 Recap

The Lions and Jaspers played scoreless baseball until the bottom of the third inning. Manhattan scored its first run on a bunt hit and an error and scored twice more that inning on a run-scoring groundout and a long single to left field against Columbia starter Joey Gandolfo.

Manhattan scored single runs in the fourth and fifth to take a 5-0 lead. In the sixth inning, Nick Crucet got things started for Columbia with a bunt base hit down the third base line. Crucet took second base when the throw from the third baseman sailed down the right field line.

With nobody out, Dario Pizzano singled to left field to put runners at the corners for Nick Ferraresi, who worked a long at-bat to draw a walk. Two batters later, Crucet scored Columbia's first run on a wild pitch and the second run came home on Billy Rumpke's RBI groundout.

Leading 5-2 in the sixth, Manhattan pushed across a run on a suicide squeeze bunt with a runner at third base and one out to take a 6-2 advantage.

Columbia made it interesting in the seventh inning. Mark Heil led off the last inning by launching his first collegiate home run over the left field fence to make it 6-3.

Jordan Serena followed with a base on balls and Nick Crucet singled to bring the tying run to the plate. Manhattan left-hander Tom Girardi was able to induce a 4-6-3 double play to get two quick outs and retired Nick Ferraresi on a fly ball after an 11-pitch at-bat to end to the game.

Crucet was 3-for-4 in game one for Columbia, while Heil added two hits in four trips. Despite taking the loss, Gandolfo struck out four in his three innings of work.

Columbia returns to action this Friday, April 20 at home on Robertson Field at Satow Stadium against Princeton for a 1 p.m. doubleheader.

Please note that the weekend series has been moved up to Friday and Saturday in anticipation of poor weather on Sunday. Saturday's doubleheader against Princeton is still scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. start.

NOTES:

Robb Paller made his first start in left field in game one ... Anthony Potter made his first start of the season at first base in game two ... Alex Black made his first appearance on the mound in game one ... he threw 2/3 scoreless innings in relief ... Mike Weisman also tossed a scoreless inning in game two ... Jon Eisen stole his team-high ninth base of the season in game one ... Columbia and Manhattan's baseball facilities are separated by just 24 blocks, or five subway stops on the 1 train.

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