Row 1: Groundskeeper Randy Strickland, Athletic Trainer Keith Deyo, Head Coach John Szefc, Brandon Brower, Carlos Moscoso, Albert Reyes, Mike Sidoti, Scott Chambers, Captain Chuck Bechtel, Tim Allen, Ken Catino, Ben Cueto, Matt Griffiths, Jimmy Board, Ryan Kondratowicz, Kevin Kelly, Mark Norton, Jonathan Smith, George Heath, Dylan Price, Kevin Ool, Associate Head Coach Jim Tyrrell, Assistant Coach Sean Moran
Row 2: John McGorty, Keith Brachold, Joey Salazar, Jimmy Willis, Captain Steve O’Sullivan, Kevin Shurtleff, Bat Boy, Sean Robishaw, Josh Pardo, Anthony Bocchino, Kevin Buck, Brad Cook, Chris Tracz, Chris Homer
MAAC Championship Recap
Another chapter was written in Marist Baseball lore, as the Red Foxes won a record 41 games, and captured its first MAAC Regular Season Title in 2002. The team ran its MAAC Tournament win streak to eight, as they swept for a third straight MAAC Title.
Tim Allen's walk-off homerun in the winner's bracket game against LeMoyne, helped propel Marist into the MAAC Championship game where they faced Rider. Marist defeated Rider 10-5 to earn their third straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Mike Sidoti was named the Tournament Most Valuable Player, hitting .417 with five RBI in the Red Foxes three game sweep.
Honors were numerous for Marist as Anthony Bocchino was named MAAC Player of the Year, and later drafted in the 11th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bocchino earned Second Team All-America honors for the second straight year. Chris Tracz continued to write his name into Marist history winning 10 games for the second straight season and earning MAAC Pitcher of the Year accolades.
NCAA Tournament Recap
In 2002, the Red Foxes were the third-seeded team in the Lincoln, Neb. Regional. Tim Allen provided Marist with more heroics in the opener, upsetting Southwest Missouri State, 5-4, with an 11th inning home run to put Marist in the Regional winner bracket. It marked the third straight season that Marist had won a NCAA Regional game.
Marist went on to face the top seed Nebraska in the winners bracket game but fell 9-1. Freshman Kevin Buck singled in the ninth inning for Marist and advanced to second on an out. He came around to score on a Ben Cueto RBI single which broke up the shutout bid for Nebraska.
Since the regionals are double elimination, Marist faced the winner of the losers bracket game which set up a rematch with Southwest Missouri State. The season came to an unfortunate end as Marist was defeated 5-2. Marist trailed 3-0 entering the bottom of the sixth-inning when the Red
Foxes tallied two runs, as Steve O'Sullivan scored on a single by Mike Sidoti and Anthony Bocchino scored when a Keith Brachold groundball squeaked through the legs of SMS second baseman Jeremy Isenhower.
Marist had the bases loaded in the seventh inning with two outs, and had two runners on in both the eight and ninth innings but could not get to SMS reliever Bob Zimmerman, who picked up his second save of the day. Bocchino finished the game 2 for 4 with a school record of 92 base hits in a single season. The Red Foxes finished the year at 41-14, surpassing the school record of 33 wins set in each of the two previous seasons. The team also tied the conference record of 22 wins.