Hempstead, NY - Hofstra scored six runs in the first inning and cruised to an 8-2 win over visiting Manhattan Tuesday afternoon at University Field.
Hofstra improved to 8-9 with the win. Manhattan slipped to 3-19 with the loss.
After not playing for a week due to four rain outs, the Pride showed no signs of rust. Starting pitcher Nick Kozlowski, who was making his first appearance since March 15, struck out two batters in the first inning and the offense sent 10 men to the plate in the bottom of the frame.
Eric Ferguson got things started with an opposite field single and moved to second on a single by Ryan Donovan. Matt Ford battled back from a 0-2 count to work a walk before Brian MacDonald singled home a run for a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, Robbie Cafiero launched a triple to straightaway center field to make it a 4-0 lead. A ground out from Mike Friel scored Cafiero for a 5-0 advantage. David Leiderman followed with a double and came home on a single off the bat of TJ Ehrsam to close out the scoring.
Kozlowski would throw one more hitless inning before being relieved by David D’Errico to start the third in a predetermined relief plan. D’Errico threw two perfect innings with two strikeouts and was replaced by Dave Jesch to start the fifth.
The Jaspers would pick up their first hit in the fifth as Chris Kalousdian led off with a single. He would then steal second and two batters later come in to score on Evan Brown’s single. Jesch would escape further damage and allowed just two hits in his two innings of work.
The Pride would tack on a run in the sixth as Ehrsam reached on a bunt single, moved to second on an infield out and scored on a hit by Donovan. The Jaspers would respond with a run in the seventh as Brown’s double down the right field line plated Kalousdian once again. But Manhattan would strand two runners in the inning and two more in the eighth as Brett Schreiber pitched out of trouble in two of his three innings.
Hofstra would close the scoring in the seventh as Ehrsam notched his third hit and second RBI of the game with an RBI single that scored Cafiero, who led off the inning with a walk.
Kozlowski picked up the win, improving to 4-1. The four wins is a personal best for the junior. Schreiber went three innings to notch his fourth save of the year and 13th of his career to pull within one of tying Jeff Denlea for the top spot on Hofstra’s career saves list.
Donovan, a transfer from Fairfield, had the first three hits of his Hofstra career while Ford picked up two hits on the day.
Brown, Kalousdian and Joe McClennan each had a pair of hits for the Jaspers. Matt Simonetti Allowed six runs on six hits in one inning of work to take the loss and fall to 0-3.
The Pride is back in action Wednesday afternoon when they take on NYIT at University Field. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.