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Murray '05 & Parente ' 05 Power Manhattanvile!

Posted Monday, March 22, 2010 by Keith Richardson

Arroyo Goes the Distance, Murray HRs in Win

Senior Kevin Murray leads the Valiants with four RBIs against the Eagles

PURCHASE, N.Y. – Senior Steven Arroyo-Falcon (Bronx, N.Y.) pitched a complete game gem, striking out eight batters along with timely hitting and a late-inning three-run homer by senior Kevin Murray (Valhalla, N.Y.) that allowed the Manhattanville baseball team to secure a 9-2 victory over Freedom Conference member Eastern University on Friday afternoon at Manhattanville Field.


“Steven gave us exactly what we needed from him today,” said head coach Jeff Caulfield. “He threw strikes and got 13 groundouts, this is what we expect from him every time he gets the ball.”


Arroyo-Falcon (1-1), threw arguably one of his best games, going the distance for his first-ever complete game allowing just two run on nine hits. Helping to secure his pitchers first win of the season, Murray led the team with four runs batted in, including his second homer of the season scoring three run in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Valiants finished the game with 11 hits, including a multi-hit game from senior Nick Parente (New Rochelle, N.Y.) along with Murray.


Kevin’s hit gave us a big cushion late in the game,” said Caulfield. “We expect a lot out of him along with the rest of our senior class this season.”


The senior righty fanned two batters to end the first inning after he allowed a leadoff single up the middle. The Valiants picked up a run in the bottom of the inning, off the bat of sophomore Chris Nardozzi (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) as his double to center field scored Murray who got on with a walk.


Arroyo-Falcon pitched a perfect second inning, and got help from his team as they scored twice to take a 3-0 lead. The duo of Parente and Murray were responsible for the run support in the inning as both singled to allow runners to score. The four hit second inning saw Manhattanville have a chance to open up the contest early, but a bases loaded groundout by Nardozzi to the pitcher ended the rally that sent eight batters to the plate.


Manhattanville scored another single run in the third inning after Arroyo-Falcon pitched another easy inning with three ground outs. Senior Dave Reider (Yonkers, N.Y.)  gave the Valiants a four-run lead with a single to left field, scoring sophomore Dan Fiorito (Yonkers, N.Y.) who started the inning with a single down the left field line.


The Eagles got on the board in the top half of the fourth inning as Dan Garcia connected on a deep shot to left center field for the only run of the inning. Neither squad scored again until the top of the sixth inning when the Eagles got their second run of the contest off the Valiant starter. Garcia began the sixth with a leadoff double for Eastern, as he was the only Eagle to touch the plate in the game, later scoring on a fielder’s choice.


Manhattanville tacked on two more runs in the sixth inning, sending seven batters to the plate. Freshman Johnny LoVetere (Southbury, Conn.), entered the ball game in the sixth inning as a defensive replacement got his grove on with his only at-bat sending a single up the middle, scoring senior Chris Nastasi (Bayville, N.Y.) and junior Chad Wallace (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) to take a 6-2 lead. Nastasi got on base earlier with a walk, followed by a single to left field by Wallace.


Arroyo-Falcon was strong into the late innings, striking out five Eagles in the final three innings as he allowed just two hits over that span. Murray’s late three-run blast sealed the contest scoring Parente and senior Paul Blejec (Bronx, N.Y.) as the Valiant secured the 9-2 lead. Nick Moeltner dropped his second contest of the season as he went 6.1 innings and allowed six runs on nine hits, but could only strikeout one Manhattanville batter.


“Tomorrow’s another 14 innings of battle, we must fight through these conference games,” exclaimed Caulfield.


Manhattanville (5-6, 1-0 Freedom) will meet up with Eastern (5-4, 0-1 Freedom) tomorrow afternoon to complete the three-game set with a pair of games from St. Davids, Pa. beginning at noon. The Valiants will return home back to Purchase, N.Y. for a non-conference battle against William Paterson on Tuesday beginning at 3:30 p.m. from Manhattanville Field.

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