The 2009 Marist baseball team advanced to the NCAA Regional Tournament after defeating Canisius 13-9 in a winner-take-all game seven to win the MAAC Championship.
The Red Foxes began the NCAA Regional round with a 16-4 loss against Florida State on May 29, 2009. Marist jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the fifth inning of that game with a Jon Schwind two-run homer, and after the Seminoles took a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the fifth, Marist answered right back with an RBI double by second baseman John Prano to tie the game.
In the sixth inning, the Seminole offense awoke with four runs, followed by five more in the seventh inning, and three more in the eighth to finish out the game. Florida State reliever John Gast got the win with 2.1 innings of relief, striking out five. Marist reliever Eric Alessio got the loss in for Marist.
It was then off to face Ohio State in an elimination game the following day, where Marist's season ended with a tough 6-4 loss. Marist again jumped out to a lead when the offense put up two runs in the first inning on a two-run single by Kyle Meyer.
Ohio State came back with four runs in the third inning capped by a bases-clearing double by designated hitter Ryan Dew. Marist did not go down quietly, and after an RBI single by first baseman Ryan Gauck made it 4-3, Marist tied the game in the sixth with a home run by third baseman George Agostini.
In the bottom of the sixth, Ohio State took the lead and never looked back as they finished off the victory. Drew Rucinski got the win in relief for Ohio State, while right-handed starter B.J. Martin got the loss for Marist. This was the Red Foxes' sixth NCAA Regional Appearance.
The 2005 Red Foxes rebounded from a 1-11 start to end the season 33-19 and win its second MAAC Regular Season Championship. Marist once again swept through the MAAC Tournament defeating Niagara 5-3 in the final to capture its fourth MAAC Championship in six years and qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in the programs history.
The Red Foxes traveled to the Baton Rouge, La. Regional joined by LSU, Rice and Northwestern St. Marist led #18 LSU 4-0 early in the Regional opener only to succumb late in the game. Junior Kevin Grauer, was named to the All-Regional Team, by batting .400 in Baton Rouge. Marist was led by sophomore Travis Musolf, who was named to the MAAC First-Team.
Closer Rob Ryan was named MAAC Reliever of the Year, with nine saves on the year. Senior Chris Tracz completed his career receiving MAAC Pitcher of the Year for the second time, and etched his name into the Marist record books with wins (38), strikeouts (298) and innings (378.2).
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. The team ran its MAAC Tournament win streak to eight, sweeping to its third straight MAAC Title.
Tim Allen's dramatic walk-off homerun in the winner's bracket game against LeMoyne, helped propel Marist to its third straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The Red Foxes were the third-seeded team in the Lincoln, Neb. Regional, and 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 an NCAA Regional game.
Honors abound for Marist as Anthony Bocchino was named MAAC Player of the Year, and was then drafted in the 11th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bocchino earned Second Team All-America honors for the second straight year as well. 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.
In 2001, the Red Foxes earned their second consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title, running their tournament unbeaten streak to five games having swept through both the 2000 and 2001 MAAC Tournaments. The 2001 squad equaled the efforts of the season before, when it traveled to Stanford University for the NCAA Regional.
The Red Foxes knocked off Long Beach State, eliminating the team that had the second-highest number of draft picks in the country in the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft. The 2001 Red Foxes had two ABCA (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 coming to #4 Stanford University). Marist reset its program record, earning 33 wins on the year.
The spring of 2000 saw the Red Foxes reach new heights. After setting new regular season record for wins with 30, the Red Foxes swept through the MAAC Tournament winning the conference championship and earning its second trip to the NCAA Tournament in the last four years.
While competing in the NCAA Tournament in Lafayette, La., Marist reached new heights in success, notching the program's first NCAA Tournament victory with a 6-5 win over McNesse State and taking top-seeded East Carolina to 11 innings before falling 8-7. Senior catcher Anthony Ambrosini and sophomore Anthony Bocchino were both named to the All-Regional Team at Louisiana-Lafayette.
The Red Foxes also had two All-America nominees in Bocchino (.404 batting average and 90 hits) and freshman Kevin Ool (6-4, 2.42 ERA). Marist finished with a thenprogram-best 33-19-2 record.
The 1997 Marist Baseball team was the first in the program's short history to make the NCAA Tournament. Led by All-American Mark Barron and two future draftees, Jorge Santiago and Mike Speckhardt, the Red Foxes qualified for the NCAA Tournament and headed to Florida State University Regional site.
Marist won the NEC Regular Season Championship on the now legendary squeeze bunt with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth by Santiago. Barron and the Foxes battled the #4 Florida State Seminoles but fell 4-2 in their first ever tournament appearance.