Saints Split MAAC Opener
March 24, 2002
Siena's Dave Pahucki pitched a three-hit shutout in the first game, as the Saints went on to win 9-0. But Manhattan rallied to win the second game 7-2 for its first conference victory of the season. Manhattan is now 11-6 overall and 1-1 in the MAAC.
In the first game, the Jaspers managed just three basehits and Pahucki went the distance and shutout the Jaspers for the first time this season. Pahucki struck out 10 Jaspers and walked just two. Junior Ryan Darcy (Levittown, NY) (3-2) took the loss for the Jaspers, as he worked seven innings and allowed nine runs on 11 hits with five strikeouts and no walks. Junior Wilson Resto (Manhattan, NY) came in in relief and pitched two scoreless innings with one hit, one strikeout and one basehit.
In the second game, the Jaspers found themselves in a hole again, as the Saints put up a run in the top of the third on an RBI groundout by Kevin Roberts. But the Jasper bats came alive in the bottom of the third, as Jonathan Holzer (Brooklyn, NY) led off the inning with a walk. After freshman Gary Diaz (Naugatuck, CT) singled to right field, sophomore Josh Greco (Kensington, CT) advanced the runners to second and third with a sacrifice bunt. Sophomore Matt Cucurullo (Valhalla, NY) then drove in the first Manhattan run of the day with a sacrifice fly to right to tie the game at 1-1. Then after freshman Chris Gaskin drew a walk, Wendell Anderson (East Hartford, CT) hit a rocket to centerfield to score Holzer and give the Jaspers a 2-1 lead.
The Jaspers broke the game open in the fifth inning, scoring four runs on just two hits and two Siena errors. Freshman Eric Fierro (Levittown, NY) came up with the big blast in the inning, when he lined a bases-clearing double to centerfield to give the Jaspers a 6-1 lead. Chris Gaskin (Rego Park, NY) also pushed across a run on a fielder's choice in the inning.
Manhattan added another run in the bottom of the sixth inning on an RBI single by Greco to extend the lead to 7-1. Siena got a run back in the top of the seventh on a run-scoring single by Matt Mueller for the final margin.
Freshman Ken Gleason (Glendale, NY) (3-0) went the distance for the second time this season, striking out five and allowing just two runs on three hits.
Manhattan and Siena square off in the rubber game of the three-game series tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 PM at Van Cortlandt Park.