WEST HARTFORD, CT – Despite setting a season high in runs scored (16) and hits (18) in a single game, the Marist baseball team fell to the Hartford Hawks 18-16 on Wednesday. With the loss, the Red Foxes fall to 15-13 (5-4 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) while the Hawks improve to 10-16 (2-4 America East).
Redshirt freshman Tyler Kapuscinski led Marist with four hits, two runs scored and two RBI, while sophomore Anthony Lazar chipped in two hits, two runs scored and five RBI (a career high and team high in 2017). Redshirt junior Greg Kocinski finished with two hits, two runs and three RBI, senior Tyler Kirkpatrick finished with three hits, two runs scored and two RBI, redshirt sophomore Chris Tracz chipped in two hits, two runs scored and two RBI and redshirt senior Matt Pagano and junior Andrew Rouse finished with two hits, one runs scored and one RBI each. Sophomore Randy Taveras chipped in one hit, two runs scored and one RBI and sophomore Frankie Gregoire had two runs scored.
On the mound, junior Mike Coss got the start, throwing one and one third innings, giving up six runs on six hits with one walk and one strikeout. Senior John Parisi pitched two innings and gave up five runs (three earned) on four hits, sophomore Brandon Bonomo threw two thirds of an inning and gave up three runs on three hits with one strikeout. Freshman Austin Phillips pitched two innings, giving up four runs on five hits with one walk and one strikeouts, senior Ryan Thomas threw one innings, surrendering no runs on no hits with two walks and junior Tony Romanelli pitched one inning and gave up no runs on one hit with one strikeout.
The Red Foxes scored twice in the top of the first on an error by the third baseman, a Kapuscinski single to left, a Rouse RBI single to left and a Kirkpatrick RBI single through the right side to take a 2-0 lead.
The Hawks took a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the inning off a lead off double, a single and error by the shortstop, an RBI double and a two run home run.
Hartford added two more in the second off a lead off walk, ground out, a stolen base and an RBI single up the middle before Parisi replaced Coss on the mound.
Marist answered with six in the third when Kapuscinski led off with a single, Rouse single to first and an error by the third baseman set up men on second and third, Gregoire walked and Kocinski hit a 2 RBI single to left center. Kirpatrick followed with a two RBI triple to center, Tracz hit an RBI sac fly, Lazar walked and Taveras hit an RBI double to left to give the Red Foxes the 8-6 lead.
In the bottom of the third, the Hawks scored one on a double, single and RBI ground out.
Hartford retook the lead with four in the bottom of the fourth on a one out double, an error by the third baseman, a single, an RBI hit by pitch and Bonomo replaced Parisi on the mound. The Hawks followed with two more runs on an error by the first baseman and an RBI ground out to take the 11-8 lead.
Marist tied it up in the top of the fifth on a Kirkpatrick lead off double down the left field line. Pagano singled to set up men on first and third and Tracz reached on a fielder’s choice with Kirkpatrick out at home. Tracz advanced to second on a wild pitch, Lazar laced a two RBI double down the left field line, Taveras reached on a fielder’s choice and Kapuscinski ripped an RBI double to right to even the score.
Hartford scored again in the bottom of the fifth on a single, two run home run and a single up the middle and Phillips came in for Bonomo. The Hawks runner advanced to second on a wild pitch, grounded out and struck out swinging before an RBI double up the middle scored a runner. The next batter walked, followed by an RBI single up the middle to make it 15-11.
In the top of the sixth, the Red Foxes made it 15-13 on a Kirkpatrick hit by pitch, a Pagano single, a wild pitch that advanced the runners to second and third, a Tracz walk, a Lazar RBI sac fly, a passed ball that advanced the runners to second and third, a Taveras hit by pitch and a Kapuscinski RBI walk.
For the sixth consecutive innings, Hartford scored three more on a double, an RBI double, a pop up, a wild pitch, an RBI triple and an RBI ground out.
Marist trimmed the deficit to 18-16 in the top of the seventh when Gregoire and Kocinski led off with back-to-back walks. Two batters later, Tracz hit an RBI single through the right side and Lazar followed with a two RBI double to right center.
Up next, the Red Foxes head to West Long Branch, NJ for a MAAC series at the Monmouth Hawks on Friday (3 PM) and Saturday 12 & 3 PM).