Row 1: Head Coach John Szefc, Assistant Coach Mark Barron, Carlos Moscoso, Athletic Trainer Nick Camp, Tim Allen, Brandon Brower, Kevin Ool, Pete Kruger, Steve O’Sullivan, Vin Roma, Jimmy Board, Ryan Kondratowicz, Chris Tracz, Albert Reyes, Ken Catino, Mark Norton, Tim Bittner, Assistant Coach Sean Moran, Assistant Coach Jim Tyrrell
Row 2: Groundskeeper Randy Strickland, Derek Randell, Jason Guidicipietro, Jimmy Willis, Ryan Brady, Ben Cueto, Anthony Bocchino, Spike Ridgley, Brad Cook, Chuck Bechtel
MAAC Championship Recap
The Red Fox baseball team earned their second consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title with an 11-3 victory over Rider and ran their tournament undefeated streak to five games, having swept through both the 2000 and 2001 MAAC Tournaments. Marist opened with a run in the bottom of the first inning as Tim Bittner hit a RBI single through the left side to bring in Steve O'Sullivan. Rider responded with three runs in the top of the second. The Red Foxes took the lead for good as Most Valuable Player Anthony Bocchino knocked a grand slam home run into right field with two outs in the bottom of the second. Bocchino finished the day 3-for-5 with two runs and five RBI.
Marist's Kevin Ool earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team with his fifth win of the season, striking out nine batters on afternoon, upping his mark to 5-4. Joining Bocchino and Ool on the All-Tournament Team were teammates Ben Cueto, O'Sullivan, Ryan Brady and Bittner. Marist reset their program record with a total of 33 wins for the year.
The 2001 Red Foxes had two American Baseball Coaches Association All-Americans in Anthony Bocchino and Tim Bittner, who was drafted in the 10th round by the Chicago White Sox. Rookie left-hander Chris Tracz was named Louisville Slugger and Baseball America Rookie All-America, posting a 10-1 season (only loss to #4 Stanford University).
NCAA Tournament Recap
The 2001 squad equaled the efforts of the season before, when it traveled to Stanford University for the NCAA Regional. In the opening game Marist put quite a scare into the Cardinals as they dropped a narrow 3-4 decision. The Red Foxes completed the game with nine hits on the Cardinals' top pitcher and at one point took a 2-1 lead for three innings over one of the country's top teams. With the Red Foxes down 4-2 in the eighth, Brady walked setting up a RBI for junior Anthony Bocchino who smacked in a double off the centerfield wall. Cueto led off the ninth with a walk and moved to second on a ground out by Jimmy Willis. Rookie Jason Guidicipietro pinch ran for Cueto at second but Stanford reliever Mike Wodnicki went on to strike out the next two Red Fox batters to seal the victory.
After the round one loss, the Red Foxes knocked off Long Beach State and eliminated the team that had the second-highest number of draft picks in the country in the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft. Marist jumped out to an early 7-0 lead and never looked back, as they held on to edge Long Beach State, 7-6, and advanced to the semi-final game later that night. The team once again faced off against Stanford and this time with much less success as they fell 6-0. Anthony Bocchino was the only Marist player with more than one hit, going 2-for-3.
Sophomore Tim Allen tied the school's single season double record with the lone Red Fox extra base hit. With his 22nd double of the 2001 season, Allen tied the record shared by assistant coach Mark Barron. Barron set the record during Marist's 1997 NCAA season. The Red Foxes had a chance to put runs up on the board in the bottom of the sixth, as Marist loaded the bases with just one out. However, the Cardinal defense shut down the Red Foxes' power at the plate, striking out the next two batters to preserve the shutout. Marist baseball finished the year with an overall record of 33-21-1.