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Manhattan Halts Liberty Winning Streak With 9-2 Victory

March 3, 2007
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Patrick Gaillard had two hits on Saturday.

Patrick Gaillard had two hits on Saturday.

Manhattan catcher Nick Derba hit a grand slam and pitcher Jesse Darcy pitched a complete game as the Jaspers snapped Liberty's seven-game winning streak with a 9-2 victory over the Flames, Saturday afternoon, at Worthington Stadium.

With the setback, Liberty drops to 8-4 on the season. Manhattan moves to 1-4 with its first victory of the year.

The Jaspers jumped a 2-0 advantage in the top of the second inning. Derba singled to open the frame and moved to second when Anthony Amenio's fly ball was dropped by the Flames' center fielder. Both runners then moved to second and third on a sacrifice bunt by Ruben Perez and scored on a two-run single to center field by third baseman Ryan Masters.

Manhattan extended its lead on Derba's grand slam in the third. Keith Nieto singled to begin the frame and moved to second when center fielder Mike Garcia was hit by a pitch. After first baseman Matt Rizzotti walked to load the bases with no one out, Derba hit his first home run of the season over the right field wall for a 6-0 lead for the Jaspers.

Liberty came back in the bottom of the inning with two runs to cut the Manhattan lead to 6-2. With one out, Kenneth Negron (So., LF, Kingwood, Texas) doubled to the wall in right. Phil John (Sr., RF, Linwood, N.J.) followed with a single to right field to chase home Negron with the Flames' first run of the contest. Next batter Garrett Young (Jr., CF, Fountain Valley, Calif.) single for Liberty's third-consecutive hit of the inning, advancing John to third. A sacrifice fly by Aaron Grijalva (R-Jr., DH, Redlands, Calif.) plated John.

The Jaspers added one in the seventh and two more in the eighth to make it, 9-2. In the seventh, left fielder Eric Nieto singled with one out and scored on a RBI single by Garcia. In the eighth, shortstop Rene Ruiz singled home Derba, who reached on a double, and Armenio.

Liberty starter Dustin Umberger (So., RHP, Hummelstown, Pa.) falls to 2-2 on the season. In 6 2/3 innings, the right-hander gave up seven runs on nine hits. Reliever Dane Beakler (So., RHP, York, Pa.) followed, allowing two runs on two hits. Andrew Wilson (So., RHP, Cary, N.C.) allowed two hits in a scoreless ninth.

Manhattan starter Jesse Darcy went the distance to pick up his first victory of the year to even his mark at 1-1. The senior right-hander scattered eight hits and gave up two runs, while striking out four and walking one.

Garcia went 4-for-4 with a double and a RBI and Derba went 3-for-5 with the grand slam, a double and three runs scored to lead the Jaspers. Negron and Gaillard had two hits apiece for the Flames.

Manhattan and Liberty will meet in the three-game weekend series finale tomorrow afternoon at Worthington Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.