Saturday, March 16, 2013

A Star Is Born At Manhattan!

2 homers, 6 RBIs and a dramatic 7th inning game winner for Elena Bowman
Manhattan 14
Yale 11

Manhattan 6
Providence 4

The Manhattan Lady Jaspers swept a pair of games Saturday at the Stony Brook Invitational in chilly Stony Brook, NY.

Katie Bowen had just drilled a double in the seventh inning of Manhattan's game against Providence, but the LJs were losing 4-3 and down to their last out. Up to the plate stepped freshman Elena Bowman; and she was down to her last strike. The Manhattan website describes this moment as Providence choosing "to pitch to Elena Bowman with first base open"...which is an odd thing to say about a freshman who at that point had played only nine games in her career. But I thought the same thing as I watched! And sure enough, she launched a bomb over the center field fence which gave the LJs the win. Elena finished the day 4 for 7, with two homers and six RBIs. It's great to see a new player come into the conference and make such an impact; the MAAC has already recognized her as a player of the week. But the whole Manhattan team again showed explosive offensive prowess Saturday. For instance, immediately following Elena's dramatic home run, Amanda Babcock stepped up and smashed one over center herself. It was Amanda's second homer of the game, and fifth RBI of the day. She's having a tremendous senior season, and is right at the top of the MAAC in hitting. And of course, Katie Bowen keeps doing her thing, collecting four hits on the day and another circle win.

Manhattan's 14-11 win over Yale was a crazy game. The LJs had a couple chances to put this one away in run rule fashion, but just missed, and Yale got some late runs to make it look close. But it really wasn't. Elena Bowman got this one started with a three run home run over the left field fence. They would go on to build a 14-7 lead. Andi Stallard had another great game at the plate, driving home three runs. She, Mickayla Romero, Amanda Babcock, Elena Bowman and Katie Bowen each had two hits. Amanda Paxson drove home a pair of runs. Emily Cutler also had an RBI. Amy Bright improved her record to 2-1. The LJs are quickly proving themselves to be a factor in the MAAC race.

Manhattan will play two more in Stony Brook on Sunday.

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