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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Amy Shines Brightly! LJs Sweep St. John's

Amy Bright has allowed just one run her last two starts
Manhattan 2
St. John's 0 (9)

Manhattan 3
St. John's 2


The Manhattan Lady Jaspers won two exciting walk off style games against cross town Big East rival St. John's Wednesday in Riverdale, NY.

The Lady Jaspers seem to be building on their strong finish from last season, winning a couple of hard played, close to the vest games today at Gaelic Park. And suddenly we're looking at a team that may make a serious push to the tournament. A big story at Manhattan is the return of sophomore pitcher Amy Bright, who as a promising freshman saw her initial season cut short due to injury. She has been outstanding her last two starts, and threw a nine inning shutout today, a game in which she showed great control, scattering four singles. Game one was a classic pitchers' duel, and entered extra innings scoreless. In the bottom of the ninth inning, after an Emily Cutler lead off walk, Katie Bowen smashed a pitch over the right field fence to stun the Red Storm, and give the LJs the walk off win. They probably should have walked her, because Katie is clutch.

Katie Bowen started in the circle in game two. She allowed the leadoff batter for St. John's to hit a home run, but would allow just another run the rest of the way. In the meantime, Manhattan tied it at 1-1 in the bottom of the first inning thanks to a couple of hit batters, and a St. John's error. Amanda Babcock, off to a .389 start her senior season, clubbed a homer over the center field fence to give the LJs a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning. St. John's tied the game in the top of the seventh inning, but that only set up some more walk off heroics. This time it was freshman Andi Stallard's one out RBI single, scoring Amanda Babcock, that won the game. Andi was 2 for 4 in the game; Amanda Paxson also had a pair of hits.

Manhattan has won 3 of 4, and will next play this weekend at the Stony Brook tournament.

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