POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – The Marist baseball team earned its fourth straight win on Tuesday with a 7-1 triumph over Fordham at McCann Baseball Field.
Three Marist pitchers combined to allow just five hits. Sophomore right-hander Chris Napolitano (Wall, N.J.) earned the first victory of his career with four shutout innings. Napolitano allowed just two hits and struck out one. Junior left-hander Jordan Eich (Spencerport, N.Y.) followed with three shutout innings, in which he struck out four and gave up just one hit and one walk. Junior right-hander Chris Thorsen (Lititz, Pa.) pitched the final two innings, and struck out two.
Marist outhit Fordham, 11-5, and scored six of its runs with two outs. Junior catcher Zachary Passerelle (Sparta, N.J.) led the Red Foxes offensively by going 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored and two runs driven in. Junior third baseman Nick McQuail (Wantagh, N.Y.) went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Junior right fielder Jake Berry (South Hamilton, Mass.) went 2-for-3 with a triple, a stolen base and a run scored.
In the bottom of the second, Passerelle doubled with one out and came home on a two-out single by freshman center fielder Graham McIntire (Concord, N.H.) to open the scoring. Marist then broke the game open with a four-run fifth, with all the runs coming with two outs. McQuail and Passerelle had back-to-back RBI singles, and graduate student left fielder Eric Helmrich (Yonkers, N.Y.) followed with a two-run double to give Marist a 5-0 lead.
Marist then scored single runs in the sixth and seventh. In the sixth, Berry tripled to the gap in right-center, and came in on a single by senior shortstop Zach Shank (Lititz, Pa.). McQuail led off the seventh with single, and scored the Red Foxes’ final run when Passerelle doubled him in.
Fordham scored its lone run in the ninth on a one-out homer by center fielder Dan Sorine. Right fielder Matthew Cianci had two hits for the Rams. Starting pitcher J.C. Porter, who went the first two innings, took the loss to fall to 1-2.
Marist improved to 10-8; Fordham fell to 10-12. The Red Foxes will return to action with a three-game weekend conference series at Siena. The teams are scheduled to play a single game on Thursday at 3 p.m., followed by a doubleheader on Saturday at noon.