TROY, N.Y. - Three Marist baseball players - red-shirt senior left-handed pitcher Chad Gallagher (Southboro, Mass.), junior first baseman Mike Orefice (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), and sophomore outfielder Jake Berry (South Hamilton, Mass.) - were named Second Team All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) on Wednesday. Additionally, eight Red Foxes were named to the MAAC All-Academic Team.
Gallagher went 6-4 with a 3.90 earned run average in 12 starts this season. He had two complete games, including a two-hit shutout against Manhattan on March 24. In 80.2 innings, Gallagher allowed 79 hits and just 17 walks while striking out 48. He was named MAAC Pitcher of the Week on March 26 and April 16. He won his 20th career game at Iona on April 28, and finished his career fifth all-time at Marist with 21 wins. This is the second MAAC honor of Gallagher's career, as he was also named to the Second Team last year.
Orefice was named to an All-MAAC team for the first time in his career. He led the team in home runs (four), runs batted in (27), walks (27), doubles (11), on-base percentage (.429) and slugging percentage (.450) while hitting .316. Orefice was also a standout in the field, as he had just one error in 442 chances for a fielding percentage of .998. He was named MAAC Player of the Week on May 7.
Berry was also named to an All-MAAC team for the first time in his career. He led Marist with a .323 batting average, and was the only Red Fox to start all 50 of the team's games this season. He led the team with four triples and 15 sacrifice bunts, and tied for team high in hits (61), runs scored (36) and stolen bases (seven). He was named MAAC Player of the Week on April 23.
Marist's eight selections to the MAAC All-Academic Team include Berry (Business Administration major), Gallagher (pursuing Masters in Public Administration), sophomore Jordan Eich (Spencerport, N.Y. - Business Administration), junior Brett Houseal (Landisville, Pa. - Communications), sophomore Kevin McCarthy (Malverne, N.Y. - Criminal Justice), sophomore Eric Molinaro (Kingston, N.Y. - Communications), senior Jake Rifkin (West Deptford, N.J. - Business Administration) and junior Dan Zlotnick (Katonah, N.Y. - Psychology/Special Education).