Row 1 (L-R): Andy Kiriakedes, Scott Chambers, Thomas Ciccarone, John Mazzello, Pat Feeney, Keith Brachold, Chris Tracz, Kevin Shurtleff, Travis Musolf, Joe Sargent, Kevin Buck, Elia Osterholt(Manager), Randy Strickland(Operations Assistant), Tim Heneghan(Coordinator of Events and Facility Operations).
Row 2 (L-R): Assistant Coach Ryan Mau, Volunteer Assistant Coach Chris Barry, Justin Lepore, Kevin Dalton, Kenny Anderson, Steve Schult, Robert Ryan, Tom Close, Keith Glasser, Kevin Kelly, Jonathan Smith, Bobby Hastry, Erik Supplee, Brian Krummenacker, Kevin Grauer, George Heath, Bryan Towler, Assistant Coach Brian Anderson, Head Coach Joe Raccuia
MAAC Championship Recap
The Red Foxes rebounded from a 1-11 start to end the season 33-19 and win their second MAAC Regular Season Championship. Marist once again swept through the MAAC Tournament defeating Niagara 5-4 in the final to capture their fourth MAAC Championship in six years and qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in the programs history.
Niagara made their mark on the scoreboard first, with one run in the top of the first inning on a MacNevin RBI groundout. The Purple Eagles took a 2-0 lead in the fifth after a RBI groundout by left fielder Brian Clifford. The Red Foxes fired back, as they posted five runs on four hits in the bottom of the fifth, to take the lead 5-2. Niagara went on to add two more runs to their total in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by MacNevin and a RBI single by Medici to close within one. Marist held strong to earn their first title since 2002. Marist’s second baseman Joe Sargent, catcher Bryan Towler, right fielder Kevin Grauer and center fielder Travis Musolf were named to the All-Tournament Team.
Marist sophomore Travis Musolf was later named to the All-MAAC First-Team. Closer Rob Ryan was named MAAC Reliever of the Year, with nine saves on the season. Senior Chris Tracz completed his career as MAAC Pitcher of the Year for the second time and etched his name into the Marist record books with wins, strikeouts and innings.
NCAA Championship Recap
In the 2005 NCAA Baseball Championships, the Red Foxes competed in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana Regional along with LSU, Rice and Northwestern St. Marist led #18 LSU 4-0 early in the Regional opener only to succumb late in the game thanks to three RBI apiece from designated hitter Jordan Mayer and second baseman Clay Harris. The host Tigers won 14-5 over the Marist baseball team on the first day of competition. LSU improved to 39-20 with the win, while Marist dropped to 33-20.
Marist faced Northwestern State in the elimination game the next day and were held to three runs off four hits. The final score was 4-3 as Red Fox Jonathan Smith suffered his first loss as a starter in 2005 by giving up four runs on eight hits in five innings with two strikeouts and one walk. Marist’s first baseman Keith Brachold led the fourth-seeded Red Foxes with two hits and two RBI. He also moved into second on the school's all-time hits list (262) in the bottom of the first when he hammered a Cloeren offering deep over the right field fence for a two-run homer to draw first blood for the Red Foxes.
Down 4-3, the Red Foxes threatened in the top of the sixth inning when they loaded the bases with one out, but second baseman Joe Sargent forced designated hitter Kevin Buck at home with a fielder's choice groundout to home and third baseman Pat Feeney ended the threat with a groundout to first. Junior Kevin Grauer, was named to the All-Regional Team, by batting over .400 in Baton Rouge.