POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – The Marist baseball team went 0-1-1 in a non-conference doubleheader against Albany at McCann Field on Tuesday. The Red Foxes dropped the first game, 5-4. The second game was called due to darkness after nine innings with the score tied at 6-6. Both games were scheduled for seven innings.
Junior third baseman Nick McQuail (Wantagh, N.Y.) was the lone Red Fox to have multi-hit performances in both games, as he went 2-for-4 in both games. Sophomore left fielder Steve Laurino (Carle Place, N.Y.) went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, two runs scored and a triple in the second game. Junior left-hander Jordan Eich (Spencerport, N.Y.) appeared in both games out of the bullpen, and tossed four scoreless innings while only allowing one hit.
Here is a closer look at both games:
Game One: Albany 5, Marist 4
Albany first baseman Greg Muller drove in four runs as the Great Danes jumped out to a 4-0 lead, and then pushed across the winning run in the sixth.
Albany scored once in the first, and Muller’s three-run homer in the second gave his team a four-run lead. Marist cut into its deficit with a three-run third, which featured back-to-back-to-back RBI singles from senior first baseman Mike Orefice (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), senior shortstop Zach Shank (Lititz, Pa.) and McQuail. In the fifth, Marist tied the game as Shank drew a one-out walk, advanced to third on a single by McQuail, and scored on an RBI groundout by junior designated hitter Zachary Passerelle (Sparta, N.J.).
However, Albany broke the tie in the sixth without a hit, drawing three walks and a hit by pitch. Muller drew the bases-loaded walk the make the score 5-4.
Brendan Ryan (1-1) pitched three innings of relief to earn the victory, and Andrew Jaurique pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his first save. Freshman right-hander Erik Bauer (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) took the loss to fall to 0-2, although he allowed just one hit and one run in 3.1 innings of relief.
Game Two: Albany 6, Marist 6 – 9 innings
Albany scored once in its half of the first, but Marist fought back with a five-run bottom half of the inning. The Red Foxes set 10 hitters to the plate in the innings, and the big blow was a two-run single by Laurino.
In the second, Albany closed the gap with a three-run inning, which included a two-run single by center fielder Nolan Gaige. Albany then took a 6-5 lead in the fourth on a two-run double by Gaige.
Marist scored the final run of the game in the sixth. Laurino started the inning with a triple, and was driven home on an RBI single by freshman center fielder Graham McIntire (Concord, N.H.).
Sam DeCelle came out of the bullpen in the first inning for Albany, and proceeded to throw 8.1 innings of relief while only allowing one run. The Marist bullpen pitched 6.2 scoreless innings, with 3.1 coming from junior right-hander Chris Thorsen (Lititz, Pa.) and 2.1 coming from Eich.
Albany is now 12-13-1; Marist is 15-12-1. The Red Foxes will return to action this weekend with a three-game home conference series against Fairfield. The teams will play a doubleheader starting at noon Saturday, and a single game at noon Sunday.