POUGHKEEPSIE, New York – Sophomore Brandon Bonomo, junior Spencer Bunting and senior John Parisi all combined to throw six innings of no hit ball, junior Matt Iantosca slugged his first career home run and the Marist baseball team picked up a 9-2 win over the Siena Saints to open up their final MAAC regular season series on Thursday.
With the win, the Red Foxes now stand at 28-20 (15-7 MAAC) and sit in second place, a half-game behind the Fairfield Stags for first place.
Sophomore Randy Taveras led Marist on the day offensively, finishing with four hits, two runs scored and one RBI and Iantosca picked up two hits, including his first career home run on a two run shot to left field, to go along with two runs scored and two RBI. Redshirt senior Matt Pagano picked up three hits, one run scored and one RBI, junior Andrew Rouse had one hit, one run scored and two RBI and sophomore Frankie Gregoire picked up three hits and a run scored. Redshirt freshman Tyler Kapuscinski had two hits and one RBI, freshman Patrick Lightner finished with one hit, one run scored and one RBI and redshirt junior Greg Kocinski picked up a hit and one RBI.
On the mound, Bonomo pitched arguably his best performance in a Red Fox uniform, throwing two innings of no hit and no run ball to go along with two walks and one strikeout. Junior Spencer Bunting pitched one third of an inning and gave up one run on no hits with one walk, Parisi threw five innings and gave up one run on three hits with a walk and four strikeouts, junior Mike Coss pitched two thirds of an inning, surrendering no hits and no runs with two strikeouts and freshman Connor McNamara pitched one inning and gave up no runs on one hit with one strikeout.
Siena opened the scoring in the top of the third inning with a walk, two wild pitches and an RBI fielder's choice to take the 1-0 lead.
Marist answered in the bottom of the inning when Taveras singled through the left side with one out and then stole second. Gregoire followed with a single through the left side, advancing Taveras to third and Kocinski ripped an RBI single to right, scoring Taveras to tie the game at 1-1.
One inning later, the Red Foxes took the lead for good when Pagano singled with one out and Iantosca followed with his first career home run, a two run shot to left field for the 3-1 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth, Gregoire singled with one out and two batters later, Rouse walked. Following a Saints pitching change, Kapuscinski singled to left field, scoring Gregoire for the 4-1 lead.
For the fourth straight inning, Marist scored in the bottom of the sixth when Iantosca led off with a double to left, just missing his second homer of the game by a few feet. Lightner followed with an RBI single and advanced to second on the throw home and two batters later, Taveras singled up the middle, scoring Lightner and the lead was 6-1.
Siena answered with a run in the top of the eighth off a one out solo home run to left, trimming the deficit to 6-2.
The Red Foxes answered in the bottom of the eighth with three runs when after a Saints pitching change, Taveras singled with one out. Gregoire reached on an error by the third baseman and two batters later, Rouse smacked a two RBI double to left center, scoring both runners. Freshman Matt Rubayo reached on an error by the third baseman and Pagano followed with an RBI single that scored Rouse for the 9-2 lead.
Siena came to bat in the top of the ninth and got a leadoff single but McNamara retired the next three batters on a strikeout swinging, a fly out to left and a fly out to center to seal the 9-2 win.
Up next, Marist and Siena will close out the series with a seven and nine inning doubleheader on Friday at 12 PM. Prior to the first game, the Red Foxes will honor their five seniors (Tyler Kirkpatrick, Sean Keenan, Scott Boches, John Parisi and Ryan Thomas) with a Senior Day Ceremony at 11:40 AM.