FAIRFIELD, Connecticut – Despite having two outs and a one run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Marist baseball team fell to the Fairfield Stags 5-4 in 10 innings on Monday.
With the loss, the Red Foxes drop to 27-20 (14-7 MAAC) and currently sit in second place, one game behind the Stags.
Sophomore Frankie Gregoire led Marist offensively with two hits, one run scored and one RBI. Junior Andrew Rouse chipped in one hit and two RBI, sophomore Randy Taveras finished with two hits and one run scored and redshirt freshman Tyler Kapuscinski and freshman Patrick Lightner each had one hit and one run scored. Senior Tyler Kirkpatrick and junior Matt Iantosca each finished with one hit and redshirt senior Matt Pagano had an RBI.
Freshman Connor McNamara got the start and threw two innings and gave up two runs on five hits with two walks, senior John Parisi pitched two innings and surrendered no runs on two hits with two walks and four strikeouts and redshirt junior Scott Boches threw two and two thirds innings and gave up no runs on two hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Junior Mike Coss pitched one and one third inning and surrendered just one hit with one walk and two strikeouts, senior Ryan Thomas picked up his first loss of the year, pitching one and one third innings while giving up two runs on four hits and Spencer Bunting pitched and gave up no runs on one hit with two walks.
Fairfield opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning with back-to-back one out singles, followed by a two RBI double and an RBI fielder's choice.
The Red Foxes answered in the top of the fourth when Gregoire led off with a single and two batters later Kapuscinski singled to set up men on first and second. Rouse followed with an RBI double down the left field line that scored Gregoire and Pagano knocked home Kapuscinski with an RBI ground out to trim the deficit to 3-2.
One inning later, Marist took the lead when Lightner led off with a single and Kirkpatrick advanced him to second with a sac bunt. Taveras followed with a single that set up men on first and third and following a Stags pitching change, Gregoire tied the game with an RBI single to right field. Two batters later, Kapuscinski was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Rouse followed with an RBI walk to give the Red Foxes the 4-3 lead.
The score remained the same and Fairfield came to bat in the bottom of the ninth for its last chance to tie. Thomas retired the first two batters but then surrendered back-to-back-to-back singles, with the last scoring the tying run from third to send the game into extras.
One inning later, the Stags walked off with the win on a leadoff single and sacrifice bunt, before Bunting replaced Thomas on the mound. A wild pitch advanced the runner to third and Bunting intentionally walked the next two batters to set up a force play at any base but Fairfield followed with an RBI single to left that scored the winning run.
Up next, the Red Foxes wrap up the 2017 regular season with a three game series at McCann Field vs the Siena Saints. The two teams will play a nine inning single game on Thursday (3:30 PM), before wrapping up the series with a seven inning and nine inning doubleheader on Friday (12 PM). Prior to Friday's games, Marist's five seniors Tyler Kirkpatrick, Ryan Thomas, John Parisi, Scott Boches and Sean Keenan will be honored with a senior day ceremony at approximately 11:40 AM.