Ninth-Inning Rally Carries William Paterson Baseball to 11-7 Victory at Manhattanville

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PURCHASE, N.Y. – Deadlocked at 6-6, the William Paterson baseball team (10-5) crossed the plate five times during the top of the ninth inning for an 11-7 victory at Manhattanville (3-7) March 27.


The Valiants used three singles and a bases-clearing double for a 3-0 edge during the bottom of the third inning.


Manhattanville added three more in the fifth, thanks to a pair of base hits, an RBI-groundout, walk, squeeze bunt and run-scoring single.


The Pioneers fought back for four runs in the top of the sixth. Freshman center fielder Steven DiGirolamo led off with a single to center and freshman right fielder Dan Carter doubled down the left-field line before walks to freshman first baseman Carson Weis and sophomore third baseman Carlos Perez forced in a run. Freshman shortstop Greg Cuevas lifted a sacrifice fly to right field, and a passed ball plated Weis before graduate student left fielder Anthony Hoagland notched an RBI with a sac fly to right.


WP evened the score at 6-6 in the seventh, Two-out base hits by Carter and Weis led to a run-scoring passed ball and a Perez RBI-double to left.


William Paterson took its first lead of the game during its last at-bat, touching home five times. DiGirolamo was hit by a pitch and scored via a Carter double, Weis was hit by a pitch and Perez put down a sacrifice bunt before Cuevas was intentionally walked to load the bases. A Vin Dorio walk forced across Carter, and an error resulted in an RBI for Hoagland. A fielder's choice off the bat of sophomore second baseman Matt Ferrara scored two more runs for an 11-6 score.


Manhattanville added one run during the home half of the ninth with a base hit, error and groundout.


Carter finished 3-for-5 with two doubles and three runs scored, while Perez, Hoagland and Ferrara each notched a pair of RBI.


Junior starter Corey Martinez was on a limited pitch count, giving up a hit and a walk over 2.0 innings. Sophomore Kyle Weiner allowed three runs on four hits and a base on balls in 2.0 innings, and senior Bryan Kopko surrendered three hits, three runs and a walk in 1.0 inning of work. Sophomore Jack DeFouw tossed 2.2 shutout, hitless innings, walking two and striking out one. Sophomore Zac Polzer (1-1) gave up one unearned run over 1.0 inning, allowing a hit while posting a strikeout. Junior Eric Rosenberg earned his second save by recording the final out.


Senior shortstop Danny Gallagher and junior center fielder Luke Scoggins each had three hits for the Valiants. Sophomore Richie Vetrano took the loss (0-1) after surrendering two runs on two hits over 1.0 inning, striking out a pair.


William Paterson will host St. Joseph's-Long Island Wednesday, March 28, at 4:00 p.m.


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