POUGHKEEPSIE, New York – Behind 25 hits and 21 runs combined on the day, the Marist baseball team picked up two huge Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference wins, 10-7 and 11-4 over the Canisius Golden Griffins at McCann Field on Saturday. With the wins, the Red Foxes improve to 14-11 (4-4 MAAC) while the losses drop Canisius to 16-12 (2-3 MAAC).
The Game 1 win was the first Red Fox win over Canisius since 2013 and the doubleheader sweep was the team's first series win over the Golden Griffins since 2011.
On the day, Marist hit several offensive milestones including setting a season high in hits in a nine inning or less game with 15 in the first game, recording just the fourth and fifth time in 25 games the team has scored 10 or more runs in a single game (10 in Game 1 and 11 in Game 2) and the Red Foxes’ five doubles in the second game were the most hit in one game by the team so far this season.
In Game 1, redshirt junior Greg Kocinski led Marist offensively picking up two hits, two runs scored and two RBI, while freshman Patrick Lightner a hit and two RBI, the most he’s recorded in one game in his career. Redshirt freshman Tyler Kapuscinski finished with three hits (tied for most in one game this year) and one run scored, junior Andrew Rouse picked up two hits with one run scored and one RBI to extend his hit streak to six games and redshirt senior Matt Pagano finished with two hits and one run scored. Junior Matt Iantosca picked up two hits, two runs scored and one RBI and senior Tyler Kirkpatrick and sophomores Anthony Lazar and Frankie Gregoire each finished with one hit and one run scored.
On the mound to open the day, senior Sean Keenan picked up his fourth win, throwing six and two thirds innings, giving up four runs on eight hits with four walks and eight strikeouts. Freshman Austin Phillips made his fourth appearance of the year, pitching one third of an inning and surrendering no runs on no hits with one strikeout and junior Mike Coss picked up the save, his first this season, throwing two innings and giving up three runs on four hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
In Game 2, Lightner had a career day, picking up the most hits he has ever had in one game (3), the most doubles in one game (2), the most runs scored he has had in one game in his career (2) as well as tying the most RBI he has had in one game in his career (2). Gregoire picked up one hit and three RBI, Kapuscinski finshed with two hits, one run scored and one RBI and Pagano picked up two hits, two runs scored and one RBI. Iantosca finished with one hit, two runs scored and one RBI, Lazar picked up a hit and run scored and Rouse finished with two runs scored.
On the hill to close out the sweep, junior Charlie Jerla picked up his third win, pitching four and one third innings, giving up four runs on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts and senior John Parisi picked up his first career Marist save, throwing two and two thirds innings while surrendering no runs on no hits with three strikeouts.
The Golden Griffins opened the scoring in the top of the first inning getting one run on three hits.
The Red Foxes answered in the bottom of the second when they took a 3-1 lead on four hits, including a two RBI single by Lightner.
Canisius trimmed the deficit to 3-2 in the top of the third on one hit and one walk and then tied it up at 3-3 in the top of the fourth on one hit and two sacrifices.
The game remained tied until the bottom of the sixth when Marist took the 10-3 lead with seven runs on five hits, including a two RBI single by Kocinski and an RBI single by Rouse.
The Golden Griffins got one run in each of the top of the seventh and eighth innings to bring the score to 10-5 off two hits and one hit respectively.
Down to their last three outs, Canisius came to bat in the ninth and trimmed the deficit to 10-7 on three hits but Coss stranded runners on second and third with back-to-back-to-back strikeouts to give the Red Foxes the 10-7 victory.
Marist opened the scoring in the bottom of the first with one run on a Lazar walk, a Kapuscinski single, a Lazar stolen base and a Gregoire sac fly.
The Golden Griffins tied it up in the top of the second with a lead off double, ground out, walk and sacrifice bunt.
The Red Foxes made it 4-1 in the bottom of the second when Pagano led off with a double, Iantosca followed with an RBI single, Lightner singled and Gregoire doubled, scoring Iantosca and Lightner.
Canisius tied it up two innings later in the top of the fourth on a double, an RBI single, a single, a walk, a wild pitch and an RBI ground out.
Marist regained the lead at 6-4 in the bottom of the fourth off a Lightner double, a ground out, a Kapuscinski triple and a wild pitch.
The Red Foxes made it 9-4 in the fifth when Rouse reached on a throwing error, advanced to second and then two batters later advanced to third on a wild pitch. Pagano walked, Iantosca was hit by a pitch, Rouse scored and Iantosca and Pagano advanced on a wild pitch and Lightner followed with a two RBI double to center field.
Marist added two more runs in the sixth when Rouse walked, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Kocinski RBI ground out. Kirkpatrick then walked, stole second and scored on a Pagano RBI double to make it 11-4 Red Foxes.
The Golden Griffins came to bat for the final time in the top of the seventh but Parisi retired them on a strike out and back-to-back fly outs to give Marist the 11-4 win.
Up next, the Red Foxes wrap up their three game series against Canisius with a single nine inning game on Sunday at 12 PM.