CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Marist baseball team suffered a 10-2 loss at Virginia in the finale of a two-game series on Wednesday. Three Red Foxes - freshman second baseman Alec Petrone (Mahopac, N.Y.), sophomore left fielder Jake Berry (South Hamilton, Mass.) and junior shortstop Zach Shank (Lititz, Pa.) - went 2-for-4 in the contest.
The Red Foxes got on the scoreboard in their first at-bat of the evening. Berry started a one-out rally with a single, and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by sophomore third baseman Nick McQuail (Wantagh, N.Y.). After Virginia tied the game in the bottom of the first, the Red Foxes took a one-run lead again in its next at-bat as a Petrone double scored red-shirt sophomore center fielder Mark Stuckey (Marietta, Pa.). Stuckey had reached on a one-out single.
However, Virginia then pulled away with three runs in both the third and fourth, and single runs in the fifth, sixth and eighth. Designated hitter Derek Fisher put the Cavaliers away for good with a three-run homer in the third, as he went 2-for-4 with four RBIs. Second baseman Reed Gragnani was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI.
Freshman right-hander Evan Davis (Little Falls, N.Y.), who went three innings in his first career start, took the loss. Senior right-hander Jake Rifkin (West Deptford, N.J.) pitched 1.1 scoreless innings of relief, as he recorded the final out of the sixth before getting out of the seventh unscathed.
Barrett O'Neil went the first five innings for Virginia to record the win, and three Cavaliers' relievers held the Red Foxes scoreless over the final four innings.Marist is now 3-7 this season; Virginia is 11-5-1. After an off day on Thursday, the Red Foxes will return to action with a three-game series at Radford, which will start on Friday at 6 p.m.