GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Marist baseball team recorded a 7-3 triumph over UNC Greensboro in the opener of a three-game series between the teams on Friday. The win was the Red Foxes' second straight, and evened their season record at 4-4.
Senior shortstop Zach Shank (Lititz, Pa.) led Marist offensively, going 3-for-5 with five runs batted in, two runs scored and a homer. Shank was the lone Red Fox to enjoy a multi-hit game, although Marist outhit the hosts by an 8-7 margin.
Senior right-hander Chris Bielak (Sayreville, N.J.) earned the win on the mound to improve to 2-1 on the season. Bielak struck out eight in 7.1 innings and gave up six hits. Sophomore right-hander Evan Davis (Little Falls, N.Y.) finished the game with an effective 1.2 innings. Davis struck out three and allowed just one hit.
UNC Greensboro got on the board first with three runs in the first, but did not score after that. The Red Foxes then scored three in the fifth, as Shank's two-run single tied the game. In the seventh, Shank's two-run single put the Red Foxes ahead for good. The Red Foxes added a third run in the frame on a sacrifice fly by junior designated hitter Zachary Passerelle (Sparta, N.J.). The Red Foxes added an insurance run in the ninth as Shank added a solo home run.
The teams will play the middle game of their series tomorrow at 2 p.m. Junior right-hander Kevin McCarthy (Malverne, N.Y.) will get the ball for Marist, and will be opposed by Max Povse.