EDISON, N.J. – Junior right-hander Kevin McCarthy (Malverne, N.Y.) the Marist baseball team was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Co-Relief Pitcher of the Year on Wednesday at the conference’s awards show.
McCarthy saved eight games this season, and had a record of 4-3 with a 3.60 ERA in 21 appearances. He struck out 59 against just 15 walks in 65 innings. Five of his saves and two of his relief victories came from outings longer than an inning. He also had six relief outings of at least three innings. It was the first time a Red Fox was honored as Relief Pitcher of the Year since Jake Wiley in 2009.
McCarthy was also named Second Team All-MAAC, making him one of six Red Foxes to be named to either of the two all-conference teams. Senior shortstop Zach Shank (Lititz, Pa.) was the lone Red Fox to be named First Team All-MAAC. Shank ranked in the conference’s top five in batting average (first, .384), slugging percentage (second, .537), on-base percentage (fifth, .446), runs (second, 50), hits (second, 78), runs batted in (tie for fifth, 37), doubles (tie for fifth, 14), triples (tie for second, four), total bases (second, 109) and assists (third, 155).
Five Red Foxes earned Second Team honors, including McCarthy. Senior first baseman Mike Orefice (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), junior third baseman Nick McQuail (Wantagh, N.Y.), freshman outfielder Matt Pagano (Cranston, R.I.) and senior right-hander Chris Bielak (Sayreville, N.J.) were also named to the Second Team.
Orefice, who was named Second Team All-MAAC for the second straight year, led the MAAC in RBIs (50), walks (40) and doubles (17). McQuail hit .324 with 32 RBIs and a .442 on-base percentage. Pagano led the MAAC with five triples, and hit .344 with a .437 on-base percentage and 39 runs scored. Bielak was 7-2 with a 3.76 ERA in 76.2 innings, tying for the team lead in victories and leading the staff with 61 strikeouts.
Marist had 10 selection to the MAAC All-Academic Team: McCarthy (Criminal Justice major), junior outfielder Jake Berry (Business Administration), sophomore catcher Mark Brennan (Psychology), junior left-hander Jordan Eich (Business Administration), graduate student outfielder Eric Helmrich (Master’s in Mental Health Counseling), senior right-hander Brett Houseal (Communications), sophomore infielder Alec Petrone (History), sophomore first baseman Dan Sheldon (Business Administration), sophomore left-hander Rich Vrana (Business Administration) and junior outfielder Pat Welsh (Business Administration).
Second-seeded Marist will open the 2013 MAAC Baseball Championships on Thursday against third-seeded Canisius. First pitch at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, N.J., is set for 3 p.m.