POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – The Marist baseball team won for the seventh time in its last eight games on Tuesday, as the Red Foxes recorded a 12-6 non-conference victory over Stony Brook on Tuesday.
The Red Foxes outhit the Seawolves, 13-5. Senior first baseman Mike Orefice (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) went 3-for-5 with four RBIs, two doubles and two runs scored. Senior shortstop Zach Shank (Lititz, Pa.), junior third baseman Nick McQuail (Wantagh, N.Y.) and junior designated hitter Zachary Passerelle (Sparta, N.J.) each had two hits and two runs scored. McQuail and Passerelle each drove in two runs as well.
Sophomore left-hander Rich Vrana (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) started and went the first 4.2 innings to earn the victory. Vrana did not allow a hit, struck out two and allowed one run. Freshman left-hander Marty Martens (Doylestown, Pa.) struck out five over the next 3.1 innings, and junior right-hander Chris Thorsen (Lititz, Pa.) recorded the final three outs, two of which were strikeouts.
Marist struck first in the bottom of the second on Orefice’s three-run double. The teams traded runs in the third, and then the Red Foxes broke the game open with five in the fourth. Passerelle’s two-run single was the big Marist hit in the inning, which included three Stony Brook errors. McQuail’s two-run single in the fifth put Marist up 11-1. After each team scored in its half of the seventh, Stony Brook closed the gap with a run in the eighth and three in the ninth.
For Stony Brook, Jack Parenty and Cole Peragine each drove in two runs. Starter Tyler Honahan, who allowed four unearned runs in 2.1 innings, took the loss to fall to 0-4.
Marist improved to 13-9 overall. Stony Brook, which advanced to the 2012 College World Series, fell to 9-18. The Red Foxes return to action on Wednesday, when they host Holy Cross in a non-conference game. First pitch at McCann Field is set for 3:30 p.m.