Saturday, April 30, 2011

Lady Jaspers Sweep Rider

A homer by Jaci Rahey helped the LJs sweep

Manhattan 1
Rider 0

Manhattan 6
Rider 3

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

A complete game shutout by Melissa Donnelly in game one and a four run 6th inning in game two gave Manhattan a doubleheader sweep against Rider Saturday in Riverdale, NY.

The Rider Broncs, in the midst of a tough season, gave the LJs all they could handle today, but in the end it wasn't enough. Game one was a pitchers' duel between Melissa Donnelly and the Broncs' Rachael Matreale. The only scoring in the game came in the 2nd inning when Erika Sullivan singled home Amanda Babcock, who had drawn a walk and stolen 2nd base. Rider had their chances in this one, especially in the 7th inning when they put runners on 2nd and 3rd bases after Lucy Higgins singled and Brittany Eckett doubled. But Melissa Donnelly retired the final two batters to end the threat and the game.

Rider jumped out to a quick 2-0 in game two. Manhattan starter Ashley Rampino was a little wild in the 1st inning, surrendering a couple singles and a walk; she also threw a wild pitch. The Broncs scored when Manhattan was turning a double play after a Sam Pugh grounder. Jen Steward scored the run. In this inning, Manhattan Coach Tom Pardalis was thrown out of the ball park after arguing a call; perhaps he was attempting to invigorate his team. The Broncs scored again in the 2nd inning when Brittany Eckett doubled, reached 3rd base on a Kehli Washington bunt single and scored when catcher Carla Velasquez threw the ball away trying to catch Kehli stealing. It was Jaci Rahey who would tie the game up for the LJs when after a Monica Evangelista walk in the 4th inning, she launched a rocket over the center field fence. But the Broncs had a lot of fight in them today, taking the lead once more in the top of the 5th inning. Jen Steward doubled and was sent home by an Alyssa Paul single, putting Rider on top 3-2. Rider held the LJs in check until there were two outs in the bottom of the 6th inning, when four runs would break the game open. After surrendering a walk to Monica Evangelista and a single to Jaci Rahey, Rider starter Krysti Maronski was replaced by Rachael Matreale. After a bunt by Nicole Michel moved the runners up a base, Rachael hit Melissa Donnelly to load the bases. Rachael then struck out Ashley Rampino for the 2nd out of the inning, but a wild pitch then scored Monica Evangelista with the tying run. Freshman Katie Bowen then laced a double to left field that scored a run, and was followed by Carla Velasquez who singled home two more. Manhattan won 6-3.

The Broncs suffered their 11th MAAC loss of the season, but put in a very good effort. Manhattan is now 7-3 in conference play, and travels to Fairfield Sunday for a crucial doubleheader.

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