POUGHKEEPSIE – The Marist baseball team swept a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference doubleheader from Saint Peter’s on Saturday. The Red Foxes earned a 13-6 victory in game one, and a 5-2 victory in a game two which was cut short by rain in the bottom of the fifth.
A pair of Red Foxes enjoyed four-hit days, as sophomore center fielder Graham McIntire (Concord, N.H.) and senior right fielder Pat Welsh (Millersville, Pa.) each went 4-for-7. McIntire drove in four runs and scored four runs, while Welsh scored two runs.
Marist scored a pair of runs in the first inning, and then added eight in the second to lead 10-0 through two innings. McIntire belted a bases-clearing double in the second. The Red Foxes added two more in the sixth to up their lead to 12-0, and senior catcher Zachary Passerelle (Sparta, N.J.) belted a solo home run in the eighth.
Every Red Fox who started had at least a hit and a run scored. Welsh, McIntire, Passerelle and senior shortstop Nick McQuail (Wantagh, N.Y.) had two hits apiece. Passerelle was not retired in the game, as he finished 2-for-2 with four RBIs, three runs scored, two hit by pitches and a walk. McIntire was 2-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored.
Junior right-hander Evan Davis (Little Falls, N.Y.) earned the win and improved to 2-5. In seven innings, Davis allowed six hits, two runs and two walks while striking out six.
Saint Peter’s starter Zach Hopf, who went five-plus innings, took the loss and fell to 3-6. Right fielder Zach Rawson went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI, and second baseman Rob Moore drove in three runs.
Saint Peter’s struck first with two runs in the second, but Marist quickly responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Welsh led off with a single and scored on a one-out single by McIntire, who came in on a double by sophomore second baseman Joey Aiola (Suffern, N.Y.), who put Marist ahead for good when he scored on a sacrifice fly by sophomore left fielder Matt Pagano (Cranston, R.I.).
In the fourth, McIntire started a rally with a one-out double. After walks to Aiola and Pagano, McIntire scored on a wild pitch. Aiola then scored the game’s final run on an RBI groundout by sophomore third baseman Matt Belitz (Ossining, N.Y.).
With one out in the bottom of the fifth, the game was delayed due to a thunderstorm with heavy rain. The game was called approximately an hour-and-a-half later.
Freshman right-hander Scott Boches (Feasterville, Pa.) pitched all five innings for the complete game win. Boches (4-4) allowed five hits and one walk, and struck out four. Mark Wilson (3-6) took the loss for Saint Peter’s, and went all 4.1 innings.
Marist is now 15-30 overall and 8-12 in the MAAC; Saint Peter’s fell to 11-35 overall and 6-13 in the MAAC. With the two wins on Saturday, the Red Foxes currently hold the sixth and final qualifying spot for the conference championships with four games to go.
The teams will wrap up their three-game series on Sunday with a single game at noon in the Red Foxes’ final home game of the season. Marist will hold its Senior Day ceremony at approximately 11:40 a.m.