RIVERDALE, NY - The Iona College baseball team dropped a doubleheader at Manhattan in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action at Van Cortlandt Park. The Gaels (9-17, 2-3 MAAC) dropped an 8-7 heartbreaker in the opener and 4-1 in the nightcap.
Iona came out of the gate in the first game with four runs in their first at-bat. The first five batters of the contest reached base for the Gaels. Sophomore CF Joe Torres led off with a double and was pushed to third by rookie DH Jimmy Guiliano's base hit. Senior 3B Chris Burke picked up an RBI single to drive in the Gaels first run. After Burke was caught stealing, senior 1B Michael Chiaravalloti was hit by a pitch to put runners on the corners. Senior C James Beck followed with his fifth home run of the inning to give the Maroon & Gold an early 4-0 lead.
The Gaels took a five run lead in the following inning, with Burke earning his second RBI of the contest. A leadoff home run by senior LF Colin Lyall put the Maroon & Gold ahead 6-0.
On the mound, sophomore LHP Eddie Macaluso was cruising. He allowed just one hit and had three walks with six strikeouts in his first seven innings. Macaluso quickly got the first two outs in the seventh before Manhattan started its comeback. A walk to CF Anthony Vega was followed by a double by DH Nick Camastro. After 3B Kyle Murphy reached on an error, C Ramon Ortega's three-run home run made the score 6-4. All four runs in the frame were unearned.
In the top of the ninth, Iona put a run on the board on a Guiliano single to make it a three-run game with three outs to play.
The Jaspers continued their momentum from the previous frame in the bottom of the ninth inning. The home team would score four runs with two outs to win the game 8-7. Murphy's two-run double tied the game at 7-7. After an intentional walk, Gorecki's single up the middle ended the contest.
Guiliano recorded four hits to lead the Gaels and to push his season batting average over the .400 mark prior to the second game. Torres, Burke and Lyall had two hits a piece.
Manhattan reliever Jacob Marchus (1-0) earned the win, tossing the final two outs of the top of the ninth. Starter John Soldinger allowed six runs on 10 hits in seven innings of work. Seven different Japers were resposible for the squad's seven hits. Murphy, Camastro and Ortega each had multiple RBI in the win.
In the night cap, the Gaels bats were quieted by rookie Michael Scarinci whose six innings of four-hit ball led to the 4-1 win.
Manhattan scored all four runs in the first three innings to take the early advantage. The Gaels got on the board in the sixth on a run scoring double by Beck.
Lyall (0-4) took the loss. He tossed 5.2 innings, allowed six hits, four runs (three earned), with four walks and two strikeouts. Beck went 2-for-3. Guiliano's 1-for-4 effort dropped his season average to .394 heading into tomorrow's series finale. Scarinci (3-2) earned the win, Marchus the save. 2B Joe McLennan had two hits and two RBI to lead the Jaspers offensively.
The series concludes tomorrow at 3:00 pm.