Saturday, May 7, 2011

LJs Sweep St. Peter's; Clinch Spot In Tournament

Nicole Michel's dramatic 7th inning homer won game two

Manhattan 9
St. Peter's 0 (5)

Manhattan 14
St. Peter's 13

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Saturday in Riverdale, NY saw the Manhattan Lady Jaspers clinch a berth in the MAAC tournament with their sweep of St. Peter's.

Manhattan clinched their spot when they run ruled St. Peter's in game one. And they scored all 9 runs in the 1st inning, thanks to homers by Monica Evangelista, Jaci Rahey and Jen Keller. But I'd really rather talk about the very strange game two!

What in the world did the Peahens eat as a snack between games? Maybe they were just sick and tired of being run ruled all the time. At any rate, they stunned the LJs by jumping out to a 10-4 lead after 1 1/2 innings. The Peahens put up 8 runs in the 2nd inning, highlighted by a Vanessa Acosta 3 run blast over the left field wall. Manhattan would then begin to chip away at this lead, and found themselves back to within 10-9 after three innings. Katie Bowen gave the LJs the lead in the 5th inning with a two run single. This lead was increased to 12-10 after Melissa Donnelly doubled home Katie. Manhattan could then relax...not! The Peahens came storming back, scoring three times in the final two innings to take a 13-12 lead. A Kristen Kaneyuki singled tied the game at 12-12 in the 6th; then Erica Colon put the Peahens on top in the top of the 7th when Manhattan pitcher Erika Sullivan threw the ball away allowing Erica to score from 3rd base.
Manhattan began the bottom of the 7th with a Jaci Rahey single; but the next batter, Katie Bowen, lined into a double play, and suddenly the LJs were down to their final out. Melissa Donnelly kept things alive with a single; then Nicole Michel ended the game in dramatic fashion with her homer over the center field wall. Stephanie Gilronan and Alexis Gallagher both had two hits and three runs for the Peahens.

St. Peter's will close their season Sunday when they host Siena.
Manhattan travels to Iona, where the two tournament bound teams will fight for a chance at second place in the conference.

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