May 11, 2014
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. - The Manhattan Jaspers used a three run second inning as a springboard to a 6-4 victory over the Villanova Wildcats in a non-conference game played on a sunny afternoon at the Ballpark at Plymouth today. The win allowed the Jaspers (14-31) to salvage a victory after the Wildcats (15-31 overall) earned wins on Friday and Saturday.
Emmanuel Morris delivered two hits and a pair of RBI for the Wildcats in the loss while senior Kevin Rojko added two RBI as well. Christian Santisteban drove home three runs for the Jaspers, including two in the pivotal second inning.
Michael Martin was the winning pitcher for the Jaspers (3-6) while Hunter Schryver took the loss for Villanova to fall to 2-7 on the season. Sean Abbate, the last of seven Manhattan pitchers, was credited with the save.
A well-crafted bunt single by the game's first batter, Chris Kalousdian, created the day's first scoring chance. A throwing error by starting pitcher Schryver after fielding the bunt put Kalousdian at second base. A sacrifice bunt moved Kalousdian to third base with only out in the top of the first inning.
Shryver struck out Brendan Slattery for the second out but Santisteban delivered a single up the middle to stake the Jaspers to the early 1-0 advantage. Santisteban then swiped second base and moved to third on an infield single by Joe McClennan. A base on balls to Vin Teixera loaded the bases.
A key strike out by Schryver of seventh place hitter Andrew Gorecki limited the damage to one run.
Consecutive infield hits in the bottom of the first frame by Kevin Jewitt and Todd Czinege gave Villanova a one out opportunity. Max Beermann dropped a looping single in front of Kalousdian in center field to load the bases. Morris followed with an RBI single to center field that scored Jewitt to knot matters at one. But Manhattan's Maxx Feldman then struck out two Wildcats to wiggle out of the jam and the contest was deadlocked at one after the first inning.
Manhattan loaded the bases to start the second inning, this time with no outs on the books. Jose Carrera drove in a run by dropping a single into right center field. After the next hitter was retired, Santisteban delivered another RBI single, this one plating two runners to extend the Japsers' lead to 4-1. Schryver was then replaced on the hill by senior Matt Lengel.
A fly ball to Morris became the inning's second out and Morris then pegged a strike to throw out Carrera trying to score at home plate to end the inning with the Cats down 4-1.
A pair of walks in the bottom half of the frame gave VU a chance to respond quickly. But a line drive off the bat of Jewitt was turned into a double play by Carrera and the Wildcats did not add a run in the frame.
Czinege led off the bottom of the third inning with a single and Beermann was struck by a pitch to set up another chance for the Wildcats. A sacrifice bunt by Morris advanced the runners to second and third base with one out. A free pass to Donovan May loaded the bases before senior Kevin Rojko delivered a clutch two out single to plate two and shave the deficit to 4-3 before Martin came on to record the inning's final out.
Manhattan added another run in the fourth inning thanks to the work of the top two hitters in its order. Kalousdian singled and stole second before Carrera followed with another single to score Kalousdian. Matt Lengel then retired Slattery and Santisteban to keep it a 5-3 game after three and a half innings. The senior would go on to toss 4 2/3 innings of one run baseball in a quality relief effort.
Walks to Czinege and Beerman against new Jaspers reliever Nick Girardi set the Wildcats up for a chance in the bottom of the seventh inning. An RBI single by Morris plated Czinege to close the gap to 5-4, chasing Girardi. Shawn Kanwisher entered the contest with zero outs and runners at first and second base.
Pinch hitter Mike Mecca dropped a bunt that couldn't be handled and that loaded the bases for the `Cats. However, Kanwisher induced May into a fielder's choice and then retired the next two Wildcats hitters to preserve the one run advantage after seven frames.
Manhattan picked up another run after two were out in its half of the eighth inning. Andrew Gorecki was hit by a pitch and stole second base. A bloop single by Yoandry Galan to short center field landed just out of the reach of a trio of Wildcats which allowed Gorecki to score, extending the Jaspers lead to 6-4.
The Wildcats mounted another rally in the bottom of the eighth inning, loading the bases with two outs. But Jaspers reliever Casey Meyers escaped with a ground out.
Manhattan turned to third baseman McClennan to pitch the bottom of the ninth and he surrendered walks to May and Lowe sandwiched around a strike out. But Abbate came on to record the final two outs to make the 6-4 count the final.
Villanova ended the afternoon with 11 hits to Manhattan's 10 but were hurt by 16 men left on base.
Prior to today's game the Wildcats honored seniors Chris Haggarty (who hurled three innings of one run relief today), Lengel, John Cialone, Rojko, Max Almonte, Matt Meurer, and Connor Jones for their contributions to the baseball program over the past four seasons in "Senior Day" ceremonies.
Villanova returns to the Ballpark at Plymouth on Tuesday afternoon for another non-conference clash, this one against Penn State. First pitch for that contest is set for 3:45 p.m. and it will be carried via Nova Nation All-Access at villanova.com.