PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. - Senior right-hander Brett Houseal (Landisville, Pa.) pitching a complete game shutout in a seven-inning contest, helping lift the Marist baseball team to a doubleheader split at Villanova on Sunday.
Behind's Houseal's performance, the Red Foxes earned a 1-0 triumph in game one. The Red Foxes then suffered a 4-3 loss to the Wildcats in 10 innings in the second game. Here is a closer look at both games:
Game One - Marist 1, Villanova 0 (7 inn.)
Houseal tossed a four-hitter and allowed just two walks while striking out six to improve to 2-3 on the season. He allowed just one runner to get as far as third base in the entire game. Houseal threw 60 of his 98 pitches for strikes, and induced nine groundouts.
The Red Foxes also had four hits in the contest, as senior first baseman Mike Orefice (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) and junior catcher Zachary Passerelle (Sparta, N.J.) each had two apiece. The duo combined for the lone run of the contest as well. Orefice singled with one out in the seventh, and advanced to second when junior second baseman Nick McQuail (Wantagh, N.Y.) was hit by a pitch. Passerelle followed with a single to right-center, which brought home Orefice.
Villanova starter Josh Harris also pitched a complete game, with seven strikeouts in seven innings. The hard-luck loss dropped him to 2-2.
Game Two - Villanova 4, Marist 3 (10 inn.)
Designated hitter Luke Emling's single - his third hit of the game - brought home Derrick May, Jr. with the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the 10th, lifting the Wildcats to the victory in game two.
Freshman center fielder Matt Pagano (Cranston, R.I.) led the Red Foxes offensively by going 2-for-5. On the mound, sophomore left-hander Rich Vrana (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) started and allowed one run in three innings. Junior left-hander Jordan Eich (Spencerport, N.Y.) struck out three and did not allow an earned run in 3.1 innings of relief. Sophomore right-hander Chris Napolitano (Wall, N.J.) took the loss to fall to 0-1, but allowed just one run in 2.1 innings while also striking out two.
Marist scored first in the second inning when McQuail was hit by a pitch, stole second with two outs, and scored on an RBI single by junior right fielder Jake Berry (South Hamilton, Mass.). Villanova tied the game in the third, and Marist took the lead back in the fourth when senior shortstop Zach Shank (Lititz, Pa.) led off with a single, and scored all the way from first on a single by Orefice. Villanova tied the game with a single run in the fourth, and took the lead with another in the sixth. Marist fought back to tie the game in the seventh on an infield single by freshman Joey Aiola (Suffern, N.Y.), which plated Passerelle.
Matt Meurer (1-4) earned the win in relief for Villanova with 2.1 scoreless innings.
Marist is now 6-8 on the season, while Villanova is 5-12.
Marist returns to action on Tuesday, with a non-conference contest at Albany. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.