(Riverdale, NY) – The Manhattan Jaspers ran away late with an 11-5 win over the Sacred Heart Baseball team Tuesday afternoon at Van Courtlandt Park in a battle of the defending champions of the MAAC and the NEC.
Anthony Vega tripled to left center to start the scoring, and Nick Camastro squeezed in another in the third. Brendan Slattery knocked in another with an RBI single up the middle to make it 4-0 Manhattan in the fourth.
However, the Pioneers stormed back on one swing of the bat by Dan Perez (Seymour, CT), who followed a single to load the bases by Billy McDonough (Ballston Spa, NY) with a three-run double to center. The Pioneers then tied the game in the sixth on an error and a balk. The Jaspers found themselves up two the next half inning, on the benefit of a bases-loaded hit batsman and a sacrifice fly.
Conor McEvoy (Watertwon, CT) doubled to left-center to bring SHU within one in the seventh, but Manhattan pulled away with three in the seventh and two in the eighth. Chris Kolousdian drove in two with a single to right and an RBI single by Yoandry Galan. Joe McClennan singled on another in the eighth, followed and Slattery's fourth hit of the day, and RBI double down the right-field line.
Sacred Heart heads to Smithfield, RI to face the top team in the NEC - the Bryant Bulldogs (10-2)- in a four-game series beginning Friday at 3:00 pm.