POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - The Marist baseball team dropped a 9-7 decision to Hofstra in a non-conference game on Tuesday at McCann Baseball Field. Freshman second baseman Alec Petrone (Mahopac, N.Y.) and sophomore right fielder Jake Berry (South Hamilton, Mass.) each had three hits apiece for the Red Foxes.
Petrone was 3-for-5 with two doubles and a run scored. Berry was 3-for-3 with a triple, two RBIs, and a run scored. He was also hit by two pitches. As a team, Marist was hit by seven pitches on the day.
Hofstra scored once in the top of the first, but Marist scored twice in the bottom half. A sacrifice fly by senior left fielder Eric Helmrich (Yonkers, N.Y.) brought in red-shirt sophomore center fielder Mark Stuckey (Marietta, Pa.), and red-shirt junior catcher Ben Luderer (River Vale, N.J.) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force home junior shortstop Zach Shank (Lititz, Pa.).
After Hofstra tied the game in the top of the third, Marist took a 3-2 lead when freshman first baseman Steve Laurino (Carle Place, N.Y.) drew a bases-loaded walk to force home Helmrich. The Red Foxes then expanded their lead to 7-2 in the fourth as Berry's two-run triple into the right field corner brought in Petrone and Helmrich, and Berry then came in on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore designated hitter Pat Welsh (Millersville, Pa.).
However, Hofstra battled back by scoring three runs in the sixth, two in the seventh and then two in the eighth. The Pride outhit the Red Foxes 13-10. Shortstop Matt Ford, who was 2-for-5 with three RBIs, was one of five Hofstra players to have two hits, and his two-run double in the eighth gave the Pride the lead for good.
Marist left 15 runners on base in the game. The Red Foxes left the bases loaded in the first, third and sixth, hit into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded in the eighth, and had two runners thrown out on the bases in the ninth. Marist also committed three errors in the game to Hofstra's one.
Brett Schreiber (1-1), the fifth of six Hofstra pitchers used in the game, earned the win by pitching a scoreless seventh and eighth with two strikeouts. Andrew Barbarino kept Marist off the scoreboard in the ninth for his first save of the season. Freshman right-hander Brandon Dolan (Franklin Park, N.J.), who pitched the seventh and eighth, took the loss for Marist and is now 2-2.Hofstra improved to 11-11; Marist is now 7-12. The Red Foxes will return to action this weekend with a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference series at Niagara. The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday starting at noon, followed by a single game on Sunday at noon.