Despite a three-hit night by Fordham’s Mike Mauri, it was a two-run single by Matt Troisi in the bottom of the seventh inning that capped a four-run rally, as the Jaspers topped the Fordham Rams, 6-4, at Houlihan Park on Tuesday night.
With the loss, Fordham falls to 19-29 overall, while Manhattan improved to 21-23.
Neither side mustered much offense over the first four innings, as Fordham’s John Porter and Manhattan’s Scott McClennan held the opposition to just one hit each.
Then in the fifth inning, Manhattan scored first, as the Jaspers put together three bunts and a stolen base to score the opening run of the game. Joe Rock opened with a bunt single and stole second. After a sacrifice bunt, Anthony Vega laid down a safety squeeze bunt for a base hit, scoring Rock for the 1-0 lead.
The Rams answered back in the bottom of the frame, as Mike Mauri led off with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Stephen McSherry, and scored on a double down the left field line by Brian Kownacki.
Manhattan regained the lead in the top of the sixth at 2-1, when Ramon Ortega doubled down the left line, moved to third on a ground out, and scored on a sacrifice fly from Joe McClennan.
Fordham again responded quickly in the bottom of the sixth, scoring twice to take a 3-2 lead. Matthew Cianci started things with a double to left center, and moved to third on a ground out. Ryan Maghini followed with a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Cianci to tie the game. Mauri then singled through the right side to give the Rams a two-out base runner. McSherry drove out a single to left center on a hit-and-run with Mauri running for the third. Manhattan’s centerfielder however overthrew the play and the ball got away, allowing Mauri to score.
The Rams looked to get through the seventh with Porter still on the hill, as he got the first two outs of the inning on ground balls. Manhattan though rallied for four runs on five singles and a walk with two outs to grab a 6-3 lead, highlighted by a two-run single by Matt Troisi.
Fordham was able to get a single run back in the eighth inning to close within two, but that is as close as the Rams would get, falling by a 6-4 score.
Porter (2-6) took the loss, as he pitched a career-long 6.2 innings, allowing six runs on eight hits with one strikeout. Zach Small threw 1.1 innings of relief with three strikeouts, while Jeremy Adel pitched a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts.
At the plate, Mauri was 3-for-4 with two runs scored, while Cianci was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
The Fordham baseball team will next be in action on Friday, May 4th, when the Rams host the University of Rhode Island to open an Atlantic 10 series at Houlihan Park, beginning at 7:00 p.m.