HAMDEN, Connecticut – The Marist baseball team dropped its Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference doubleheader at Quinnipiac, losing 2-0 and 4-2 on Monday afternoon.
With the losses, the Red Foxes drop to 12-11 (2-4 MAAC), while the wins improve the Bobcats to 10-14 (3-3 MAAC).
In the day’s first game, sophomore Anthony Lazar, redshirt freshman Tyler Kapuscinski, junior Andrew Rouse and senior Tyler Kirkpatrick each picked up a hit. On the mound, redshirt junior Scott Boches picked up his second loss of the year despite giving the Red Foxes a strong outing, throwing six innings while giving up just two runs on seven hits with eight strikeouts.
In the second game, Rouse picked up a hit and a run batted in to extend his hitting streak to five games and Kapuscinski, along with sophomore Frankie Gregoire, finished with a hit and a run scored. Freshman Patrick Lightner and redshirt senior Matt Pagano picked up a hit and redshirt junior Greg Kocinski finished with a run batted in. On the hill, Charlie Jerla got the start and his first loss of the year, pitching three innings and surrendering three runs (two earned) on just two hits with two walks and five strikeouts. Freshman Connor McNamara pitched three innings of relief, giving up one run on three hits with two strikeouts, senior John Parisi pitched an inning and surrendered no runs on two hits and junior Tony Romanelli threw an inning and gave up no runs on one hit.
The Bobcats opened the scoring in the bottom of the fourth inning when Liam Scafariello hit a solo home run to left field with one out. Two batters later, Brian Moskey doubled to left center and Andre Marrero singled to right center, scoring Moskey and Quinnipiac lead 2-0.
Down to their last at bat in the top of the seventh, Marist put together the makings of a comeback when Rouse and Kirkpatrick led off with back-to-back singles. Following a Bobcat pitching change, Rouse advanced to third and Kirkpatrick to second on a sac bunt by Kocinski to put the tying run in scoring position with one out. However, a comeback was not to be had as Quinnipiac made a second pitching change and the next two batters struck out swinging and looking to give the Bobcats the 2-0 win.
As they did in the first game, Quinnipiac opened the scoring when Joseph Burns led off the second inning with a walk. Two batters later, Ryan Nelson hit a two run home run to left field. Moskey followed, reaching on a fielding error by the third baseman and advanced to second on a ground out by the next batter. Anthony Cruz followed with an RBI single up the middle, scoring Moskey and the Bobcats held a 3-0.
Quinnipiac added to its lead in the bottom of the sixth. Nelson singled through the left side with two outs and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Moskey singled up the middle, scoring Nelson and the Bobcat lead was 4-0.
The Red Foxes answered in the top of the eighth when Kapuscinski reached on a fielder’s choice and Gregoire walked to set up men on first and second with one out. Rouse followed with an RBI double down the left field line, scoring Kapuscinski and advancing Gregoire to third and Kocinski followed with an RBI ground out to first base, scoring Gregoire and it was 4-2 Quinnipiac.
Marist came to bat in the top of the ninth looking for the comeback but were unable, going three up three down for the 4-2 Bobcat victory.Up next, the Red Foxes will look to get back to winning ways this weekend as they host the Canisius Golden Griffins at McCann Field in a MAAC series. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday, with the first game (nine innings) scheduled to begin at 12 PM and the second (seven innings) beginning approximately 30 minutes after the completion of the first. The Red Foxes and Golden Griffins will then wrap up the three game series with a single game (nine innings) on Sunday at 12 PM.