Manhattan Home Runs Force Doubleheader Split

Grace Kramer picked up a career-high 11 strikeouts in 6.0 innings of work.
April 28, 2015

Final Stats

BRONX, N.Y. -- Despite an impressive game-two performance that included a career-high 11 strikeouts by sophomore Grace Kramer, the Red Storm (24-15, 14-1 BIG EAST) was unable to seal the sweep as it split a doubleheader with cross-borough rival Manhattan (25-14, 13-3 MAAC) on Tuesday afternoon.
After stranding the bases loaded in the top of the third of game one, the Red Storm offense was able to capitalize in the top of the fourth after Brittany Garcia and Yvonne Rericha teamed up for a pair of back-to-back singles to lead things off.
Despite a double play by the Jaspers, St. John's was able to get on the board first as Lexi Robles ripped a RBI single into left to score Rericha and give the Red Storm a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth.
The sophomore second-baseman kept her momentum flowing on defense in the bottom of the fourth as she helped the Red Storm strand a runner at third with a diving grab up the middle, tagging second for out number two before firing to first from her knees for an inning-ending double play.
From that point on it was all Francesca Carrullo (10-4) who was able to close out the game with a complete-game shutout, allowing only five hits while striking out three to seal the win. Amy Bright (14-7) took the loss after allowing one run on five hits, striking out two along the way.
In game two, the Red Storm used its momentum from the opening-game victory as Hannah Anderson led things off with a base hit into left. After Anderson was caught stealing, Monique Landini was able to send a base hit up the middle before a ground-rule double by Krystal Puga put a pair of runners in scoring position with one out.
After a wild pitch allowed Landini to score, Erin Burner was able to send a RBI single up the middle to make it a 2-0 St. John's lead early on. The RBI for burner matched a single-season program record as the senior sent across her 48th run of the 2015 season.
The Jaspers looked like they would get on the board in the bottom half of the frame as they loaded the bases loaded, but Grace Kramer was able to bounce back and respond as she got Anna Crowley looking on a 3-2 pitch to strand the bases loaded and hold the St. John's lead at 2-0 into the second.
Manhattan was able to capitalize in the bottom of the third, however, as Jenn Vazquez was able to send a two-run home run over the left-field fence to tie things up at 2-2 heading into the fourth.
With the help of a leadoff walk to Puga, Burner was able to send a ground-rule double down the left-field line to put a pair of runners in scoring position before Garcia worked a walk to load the bases with nobody out but the Jaspers were able to get out of the jam and strand the bases loaded once again.
Held to only two hits heading into the bottom of the sixth, the Jaspers were able to take a 3-2 lead as Vazquez sent her second home run of the game with a solo shot to center.
Unfortunately, that would do it for Manhattan as the Jaspers went on to get three-straight outs to take home a 3-2 victory over the Red Storm and split the doubleheader.
Briana Matazinsky (9-4) earned the win after 3.0 innings of scoreless relief, allowing two hits while striking out one. Kramer (0-3) took the loss after throwing all six innings, allowing only four hits while striking out a career-high 11 batters.
The Red Storm returns to action on Wednesday as it returns to the Bronx to take on cross-borough foe Fordham in a single-game matchup at 1 p.m.
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