BASE: Wilkes wins series finale against Manhattanville 13-6


Kirsten Peters

Pitcher Matt Amaral

Kirsten Peters, Staff Writer

After winning 16-2 against Penn State Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, the Colonels embarked on a three-game series against Manhattanville College this weekend, losing the series 2-1 and putting them at 12-12 overall and 7-5 in the conference.

On Friday, the Colonels traveled to Manhattanville for game one, falling 16-15 in a game that was called due to darkness in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Senior Joe Champi led the Colonels high-scoring offense, going 4-6 with two runs scored and three RBI’s. In addition, quality at-bats by sophomore Matt Reinert, who excelled at the plate going 3-3 with two runs scored and one RBI, and junior Brady Wing, who went 2-5 with one run scored and three RBI’s, aided the Colonels 28-hit and 15-run offense.

On Saturday, the Colonels hosted the doubleheader at Artillery Park, losing game two of the series 5-4 and taking game three 13-6.

In game two, the Valiants were off to an early 3-0 lead. But in the bottom of the second, the Colonels answered back with three runs of their own.

With two outs, sophomore Alex Halladay singled to centerfield to get the Colonels on base. A single to left field for Reinert and a walk for sophomore Tyler Walther put three men on for Wing, who hit a three-run single into left field, tying the game 3-3.

The game remained tied until the top of the seventh inning, where the Valiants snagged two runs to put them ahead 5-3.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Colonels attempted a comeback. Junior captain Jack Fischer doubled into right field to score Wing, bringing the score to 5-4. But even with the bases loaded, the Colonels were unable to grab anymore runs after the Valiants made their final pitching change of the game.

After losing two one-run games of 16-15 and 5-4, the Colonels came out swinging to win the final game of the series 13-6.

In the bottom of the first, senior Jay Clymer doubled into left field to score freshman Michael Patrizio who led off the inning with a walk, tying the game 1-1.

In the top of the third, Manhattanville was able to tack on three runs to expand their lead to 4-1. But a two-run homer to left field by junior Nicholas Capozzi in the bottom of the inning tightened the gap by making the game 4-3.

In the top of the fourth, the Valiants scored another run, bringing their lead to 5-3. However, the Colonels had their breakout inning in the bottom of the fourth, gaining the lead 7-5.

A lead-off single up the middle for Fischer, followed by a single to right field for Champi, and a walk for Clymer loaded the bases for designated hitter freshman Vincent Uzzi who hit a three-run double off the left-field wall. A single into left field by Reinert scored Uzzi and gave the Colonels the two run lead.

The Valiants were able to tack on a run in the top of fifth, but the Colonels stretched their lead to 9-6 in the bottom of the inning.

After Wing got hit by a pitch and Patrizio walked, Fischer moved the two into scoring position with a sac-bunt. An intentional walk for Champi loaded the bases for Capozzi’s two-run single down the right field line, allowing the Colonels to maintain their lead.

After a scoreless top of the sixth for Manhattanville, the Colonels sealed the deal in the bottom of the inning, tacking on four runs. Reinert was hit by pitch and Wing and Fischer both walked to load the bases for Champi, who hit a grand slam home run to left field to win 13-6.

The Colonels have an action-packed week ahead with six games.

On Apr. 18, the Colonels will travel to Penn State Schuylkill for a game at 3:00 p.m.

Two days later, the Colonels will host Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham at 3:00 p.m. for game one of their three game series. On Apr. 21, the Colonels will travel to FDU-Florham for a doubleheader starting at 1:00 p.m. to complete the rest of their series.

On Apr. 22, the Colonels will make up their doubleheader against Delaware Valley University at Artillery Park starting at 1:00 p.m.

Kirsten Peters
Sophomore Matt Reinert stepping into the batters box against Manhattanville