Hempstead, NY- Freshman Michael Beers drove in three runs in his collegiate debut and senior Matt Prokopowicz added a clutch two-run single to lift Hofstra to a come-from-behind 11-7 victory over Manhattan on Wednesday afternoon at University Field.
The Pride pounded out six runs in the seventh inning, sending 10 men to the plate in erasing a three-run Jaspers lead. Hofstra posted its fifth straight win to move to 5-10 while Manhattan fell to 10-7.
Beers (Danbury, CT) served as the designated hitter and finished two-for-three with three runs scored and a walk in his first game action for the Pride. Junior Scott A'Hara (Downingtown, PA) contributed two hits and two RBIs from the ninth-spot as Hofstra posted its longest winning streak since 2007.
Manhattan jumped to a 4-0 lead, led by a three-run second inning. Will DeRuve laced a run-scoring single to center before Mark Onorati's two-run single to right capped the rally. Joseph Rock added a third-inning RBI single to center to chase Hofstra senior starter Ryan Radke (Frankfort, IL).
But junior Kevin Rigopoulos (Athol, MA) entered in relief for Radke in the third and pitched a bullpen-saving 4 2/3 innings. The right-hander's effort allowed the Pride to chip away at the deficit, starting when Beers scored Manhattan catcher Joseph Rock's third-inning throwing error.
Hofstra tied it at 4 in the fourth inning. Beers, who walked in his first NCAA plate appearance, logged his first career hit when he smashed Mike Gonzalez's pitch to right-centerfield for a RBI double. A'Hara followed with a hard two-run single through the left side to knot the score.
Manhattan responded with a three-run sixth off Rigopoulos. Nick Camastro lined an opposite-field triple to plate the first run before Michael McCann lifted a home run to right-centerfield for the 7-4 lead.
Hofstra mounted its game-winning rally in the seventh. After the Jaspers called on left-hander Matt Jordan to start the inning, the Pride loaded the bases on two walks and a hit batsman with one out. Junior Kevin Flynn (Morristown, NJ) started the barrage with a RBI single to keep the bases loaded as Manhattan put in Tom Moran to pitch.
But Moran hit freshman Matt Ford (Lansing, NY) to drive in another run before Beers' clutch hit. Jordan (0-1) faced five batters and was charged with four runs in the loss. Rigopoulos earned the win to move to 1-2.
Freshman Andrew Barbarino (Endwell, NY) closed the game with two scoreless innings to earn his first career save. Barbarino's only blemish was a ninth-inning walk as the right-hander struck out two and did not allow a hit.
Hofstra swept back-to-back doubleheaders against Fairfield over the weekend and capped a six-game homestand with five wins in five days. The Pride will now travel to Penn State for a four-game series with the Nittany Lions before traveling to West Virginia to play the Big East-member Mountaineers on Monday.