May 17, 2012
Manhattan combined to score 12 runs in the second innings in both games of a twinbill, sweeping Siena Baseball by scores of 11-7 and 6-0 Thursday afternoon in Riverdale, N.Y. Larry Balkwill had four hits in the doubleheader including his sixth home run of the year to pace the Saints.
Siena (18-36, 8-15) continues to slide down the stretch having lost five in a row and seven of eight overall. Meanwhile Manhattan (28-24, 17-6) has now won six straight and clinched the MAAC Regular Season Title for the fourth time in the past five years.
The Jaspers built huge leads early in both games. In the series opener, the Jaspers pushed across seven runs in the second inning, chasing Siena ace Ryan Poplawski. Chris Kalousdian, Anthony Vega and Nick Camastro each had two-run hits in the frame.
But Siena battled back, scoring five times in the fourth and once in the fifth to pull within 7-6 at the midway point. Balkwill kick started both innings with a leadoff double in the fourth and a solo home run in the fifth.
But Manhattan scored twice in the bottom of the inning and tacked on insurance runs to seal the deal.
In the nightcap, Manhattan's Mike Giordano and a pair of relievers scattered four hits as Siena was shutout for just the fourth time this year.
The Jaspers got all the offense they needed with a five-run second inning en route to improving to a perfect 17-0 at Van Cortland Park this season.
Siena will look to snap an eight-game losing streak against Manhattan and end the 2012 season on a high note at noon Friday.