EASTON, Pa. - The Marist baseball team shut out Lafayette 9-0 on Sunday, as the Red Foxes completed a three-game series sweep of the Leopards. With the win, the Red Foxes have now won five straight and 10 of their last 11.
Junior right-hander Chris Bielak (Sayreville, N.J.) pitched six scoreless innings as he improved to 2-2. Bielak struck out eight as he allowed just three hits and one walk. Sophomore right-hander Kevin McCarthy (Malverne, N.Y.) tossed the final three frames with three strikeouts to earn his third save. In their current five-game winning streak, the Red Foxes have allowed just four runs.
The Red Foxes outhit the Leopards 13-5. Senior left fielder Eric Helmrich (Yonkers, N.Y.) went 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Four Red Foxes had two hits: sophomore right fielder Jake Berry (South Hamilton, Mass.), junior shortstop Zach Shank (Lititz, Pa.), sophomore third baseman Nick McQuail (Wantagh, N.Y.) and freshman Steve Laurino (Carle Place, N.Y.), who entered the game in the eighth inning. McQuail drove in three runs, while Shank, Helmrich and junior first baseman Mike Orefice (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) each scored two.
Marist jumped out to an early lead with two runs in the first, and then expanded the lead to 5-0 in the second on McQuail's bases-clearing double. In the sixth, Berry led off with a double, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch. The Red Foxes added a pair of runs in the eight on an error and a pinch-hit RBI single by freshman Sam Berry (South Hamilton, Mass.). Laurino's RBI single in the ninth closed out the scoring.
Left fielder Bobby Fargnoli had three of Lafayette's five hits. Lafayette starter Connor Ortloff (1-4), who went the first four innings, took the loss.
Marist is now 23-21; Lafayette is 14-35-1. The Red Foxes will have a week off for final exams before returning to action with a home three-game series against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference foe Canisius. The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday and a single game on Sunday. Play both days is scheduled for noon.