Hempstead, NY – Hofstra used a seven-run fifth inning to turn a 2-1 deficit into an 8-2 lead en route to a 12-3 win over Manhattan Tuesday afternoon at University Field. Jared Hammer recorded two doubles and four RBIs to lead the Hofstra offense.
The Pride, winners of seven straight, improved to 12-16 on the year. Manhattan falls to 10-14 with the loss.
The Jaspers put up a run in the first as Kyle Murphy singled with one out and moved to second on a ground out before scoring on two-out single from Brendan Slattery. Manhattan would take a 2-0 lead with a run in the third as Nick Camastro doubled and would later score on a Matt Troisi groundout.
The Pride would cut the deficit in half with a run in the bottom of the third. Chris Nardo led off with a single, Kevin Brantley was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second. Austin Nyman put down a sacrifice bunt, but beat it out to load the bases. Taylor Stuart followed with a fielder’s choice grounder that scored Nardo. But the Jaspers escaped the threat with a double play to end the inning.
The Pride then erupted for seven runs in the fifth inning, sending 12 men to the plate in their highest-scoring inning of the season. Brantley had an RBI double, Nyman a two-run single, Hammer a three-run double and Nardo a sacrifice fly in the inning.
Hofstra would add two more runs in the sixth on an RBI single from Robbie Cafiero and another RBI double from Hammer. After Manhattan scored once in the eighth, the Pride responded with two more runs in the bottom half of the inning. Joe Perez would lace an RBI double and Brantley an RBI single in the frame to close out the scoring.
Hofstra had 17 hits on the day against four Manhattan pitchers, with Stuart leading the way with three. Cafiero, Hammer, Perez, Nardo, Brantley and Nyman all contributed two hits on the day. Every Hofstra starter had at least one hit in the game.
Chris Harkey (2-0) picked up the win in relief of starter Jared Rogers, who left after getting struck in the knee by a line drive in the second inning. Rogers stayed in the game, but was removed with two outs in the third as a precaution. Harkey threw 4 1/3 innings, his longest outing of the season, and allowed two hits and now runs with two strikeouts.
Manhattan starter Sean Abbate fell to 1-1 with his first loss after allowing seven runs on eight hits in four innings of work. Camastro paced the Jasper offense with three hits and a run scored.
Hofstra will look to extend its win streak tomorrow afternoon when it hosts NYIT at 3 p.m. The Pride defeated the Bears in a doubleheader last week.