POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Red-shirt senior left-hander Chad Gallagher (Southboro, Mass.) took a perfect game into the seventh inning and tossed a complete game two-hit shutout as the Marist baseball team defeated Manhattan 1-0 in the first game of a doubleheader at McCann Baseball Field on Saturday. The Red Foxes completed the sweep with a 4-2 triumph in game two.
Gallagher needed just 92 pitches to complete his outing, 61 of which went for strikes. He did not walk a batter, and struck out two. He recorded 17 groundball outs, and no Manhattan runner reached third base.
Gallagher retired the first 19 Jaspers he faced until center fielder Anthony Vega singled to left-center with one out in the seventh. Third baseman Kyle Murphy followed with a single through the left side, which moved Vega to second. However, Vega was then picked off at second by catcher Mark Brennan (Wallingford, Conn.). Gallagher then retired Ramon Ortega on a groundout to end the inning, and set down the Jaspers in order in both the eighth and ninth. He improved to 3-2 on the season
Marist scored its lone run in its first at-bat. Freshman second baseman Alec Petrone (Mahopac, N.Y.) led off with a walk, and was advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore right fielder Jake Berry (South Hamilton, Mass.). With two outs, senior left fielder Eric Helmrich (Yonkers, N.Y.) singled to left to bring home Petrone with what would be the game's only run.
Manhattan starter John Soldinger (0-3) pitched a complete game, allowing four hits and four runs while fanning five.
In the second game, the Red Foxes scored all four of their runs in the fourth as they erased a 1-0 deficit. Helmrich started the inning with a single to left, and was advanced to second on a sacrifice by sophomore third baseman Nick McQuail (Wantagh, N.Y.). With two outs, Helmrich moved to third on an infield single by red-shirt sophomore center fielder Mark Stuckey (Marietta, Pa.). Brennan was then hit by a pitch to load the bases. Petrone followed by also getting hit by a pitch, which forced home Helmrich with the tying run. Berry followed by drawing a walk on a 3-2 pitch, which gave Marist the lead as Stuckey scored. Junior first baseman Mike Orefice (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) followed with a two-run single, scoring Petrone and pinch-runner Eric Molinaro (Kingston, N.Y.) with the Red Foxes' final two runs.
Junior right-hander Chris Bielak (Sayreville, N.J.) went five-plus innings for the victory, and senior right-hander Jake Rifkin (West Deptford, N.J.) got the final six outs to record the save. Bielak (1-1) allowed three hits, two walks and two runs while striking out four. Rifkin allowed just one hit, and had a strikeout for his second save of the season.
Orefice, who went 2-for-3 in the second game, had half of Marist's four hits. Manhattan also had four. The Red Foxes did not strike out in the contest.
Mike Giordano (0-4), who went the first four innings and was charged with all four Marist runs, took the loss. Manhattan right fielder Andrew Gorecki hit a solo homer in the second to open the scoring.
Marist is now 7-10 overall and 2-0 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play. Manhattan fell to 3-16 overall and 0-2 in the MAAC.
Marist and Manhattan will conclude their three-game set with a single contest on Sunday. First pitch is set for noon.