Riverdale, NY - Robbie Cafiero had an RBI double in a three-run seventh inning to snap a 3-3 tie and propel Hofstra to a 6-3 win over Manhattan Tuesday at Van Cortlandt Park. Jared Hammer would add a two run double in the inning as well to provide the Pride with some insurance runs.
The Pride improved its record to 18-20 on the year, while Manhattan slipped to 15-18. The win was Hofstra’s second over Manhattan this year and upped the Pride’s record to 8-0 versus teams from New York State.
The Jaspers took a 1-0 lead in the second on an RBI single from Joe Rock that scored Brendan Slattery, who had singled earlier in the inning. The Pride answered in the top of the third as TJ Ehrsam led off with a single, went to second on a sacrifice bunt from Austin Nyman, was balked to third and then scored on Kevin Brantley’s ground out.
But Manhattan tacked on a pair of unearned runs in the third to grab a 3-1 lead. Nick Camastro led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Kyle Murphy then reached on a three-base outfield error that plated Camastro. Christian Santisteban followed with a sacrifice fly to drive in Murphy and give Manhattan a two-run lead.
Hofstra would chip away, using a pair of two-out rallies to score a run in the fourth and one in the sixth. In the fourth, Joe Perez started the rally with a single and advanced to second after Chris Nardo was hit by a pitch. Taylor Stuart followed with one of his two hits on the day, a single, to drive in Perez. Stuart delivered in the sixth as well, tripling home the tying run after Nardo reached on a two-out single.
The Pride’s winning rally in the seventh started when Nyman was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Brantley moved him to second with a sacrifice and Cafiero followed with the game-winning double. After a walk to Kenny Jackson and a passed ball that moved the runners up a base, Hammer laced a single that scored both Cafiero and Jackson for a 6-3 lead.
Hofstra starter Jared Rogers went 4 1/3 innings in a no decision, allowing three runs (one earned) on seven hits. The Pride bullpen of Nick Kozlowski, Bryan Verbitsky and Brett Schreiber held the Jaspers to just three hits over the final 4 2/3 innings. Verbitsky (2-2) picked up the win, going 2 1/3 innings and allowing one hits with three strikeouts. Schreiber allowed a leadoff single in the ninth, but retired the next three batters in order to notch his sixth save of the season.
Manhattan’s Chris Liquori took the loss in relief of starter Casey Myers. Liquori allowed four runs on three hits in 1 1/3 innings of work to fall to 1-1.
Stuart, Hammer and Cafiero each had two hits on the day to pace the Pride offense.
Hofstra is back in action this Friday when it hosts Delaware in a Colonial Athletic Association series at University Field. Game times for the series are Friday at 3 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.