Manhattan Hangs On To Defeat Army, 4-3

Alex Jensen

Alex Jensen

April 17, 2013

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WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, but it was not enough as the Black Knights fell to Manhattan, 4-3, in a non-league game Wednesday afternoon at Doubleday Field.

Chris Reynolds went 3-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI to pace the Jaspers (16-18). Michael Martin (1-4) pitched two scoreless innings to collect the win on the mound, and John Soldinger stranded the potential game-tying run at second base in the bottom of the ninth to earn his first save of the season.

Seven Army players collected hits in the game with Alex Jensen and Justin Reece registering RBIs. Brian Hapeman (0-1) allowed Manhattan to score the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh inning and was saddled with the loss.

Army (16-17) was held to four hits over the first eight innings and trailed 4-1 entering the bottom of the ninth, but the Black Knights scored a pair of runs on three hits to make it interesting. Andrew Johnson doubled into the gap in left-center field to begin the uprising and he moved to third base on Michael Sands' base hit. Sands then stole second base and Reece singled to center field to plate Johnson with the first run of the inning. Sands also scored on the play when the Manhattan centerfielder bobbled the ball. Soldinger was able to end the threat, however, striking out Jon Crucitti and getting Harold Earls to ground out to first.

Manhattan opened the scoring in the second inning on Yoandry Galan's RBI single. Joe McClennan was hit by a pitch leading off the inning, moved to second base on Brendan Slattery's groundout and scored when Galan singled through the right side of the infield.

Army tied the game in the bottom of the third on Jensen's RBI double. Earls walked with one out, advanced to second base on a balk and scored when Jensen ripped a double down the left field line.

Manhattan took a 2-1 lead in the seventh inning on Ramon Ortega's run-scoring double. Reynolds singled with one out, move to second on a wild pitch, took third on Kyle Murphy's groundout and scored when Ortega doubled to right field.

The Jaspers tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the eighth inning on RBI singles by Nick Camastro and Reynolds.

Army resumes its Patriot League schedule this weekend (April 20-21) when the Black Knights travel to Lewisburg, Pa., to face Bucknell in a pivotal four-game series. The teams will play doubleheaders both days beginning at 12 p.m.

Game Notes: Army falls to 32-19-2 all-time against Manhattan ... the Jaspers have won three straight in the series, dating back to 2009 ... Patrick Gardner matched his career high with three innings pitched.

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