Remembering Glenn

Strong Starting Pitching Leads Marist Baseball To Doubleheader Sweep Of Niagara

Courtesy: Marist Athletics
         
Release: March 23, 2013
Send this article to a friend Print RSS
Article Image
Courtesy: Marist Athletics

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - The Marist baseball team opened MAAC play with a doubleheader sweep of Niagara on Saturday at the McCann Baseball Field. Led by timely late game hitting and strong starting pitching by Chris Bielak (Sayreville, N.J.) in Game One and Brett Houseal (Landisville, Pa.) in Game Two, the Red Foxes earned 4-3 and 6-2 wins over the Purple Eagles.

Offensively, Steve Laurino (Carle Place, N.Y.) led the Red Foxes with a team-high three RBIs. The sophomore outfielder plated the eventual game-winning run in the first game, as well as drove in the game-tying runs in the second game. His outfield mates Jake Berry (South Hamilton, Mass.) and Matt Pagano (Cranston, R.I.) each drove in two runs.

Though not the winning pitcher in Game One, Bielak struck out 11 Purple Eagles and allowed just two runs (one earned) on five hits and four walks. Sophomore Evan Davis (Little Falls, N.Y.) would be credited with the victory after pitching a scoreless eighth inning.

Houseal, the reigning MAAC Pitcher of the Week, overcame a few troublesome early innings, in which Niagara would plate two runs and register six hits over its first three frames at bat. With his team rallying and taking the lead, Houseal would keep the Purple Eagles hitless in the final three innings.

GAME 1 MARIST 4 - NIAGARA 3:

Chris Bielak set the pace for the Red Foxes from the start in the first game of the day, as the senior hurler struck out two of the first three Purple Eagles in the first inning.

After one strike out in the second inning, Bielak retired the side in the third with two swinging Ks and one looking.

He would notch strikeouts number seven and eight in the fourth inning with two more swing and miss strike threes.

Niagara finally stratched out the first run of the game in the top of the fifth when it manufactured a score with one hit, an error and a fielder's choice.

The Purple Eagles would add to their lead with a sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh inning to make it 2-0.

Senior Zach Shank (Lititz, Pa.) started Marist's comeback with a two-out double in the bottom of the seventh. The following batter, Mike Orefice (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) would drive in his classmate with a single to right field.

After a three-up, three-down eighth inning outing on the mound by Davis versus Niagara, the Red Foxes would complete their comeback in the bottom of the frame. With two outs, sophomore Mark Swertfager (Katonah, N.Y.) got the rally started by drawing a hit by pitch Recognizing Niagara starting pitcher Kyle Olver's declining energy level and penchant for throwing first pitch breaking balls, freshman Joey Aiola (Suffern, N.Y.) would come up swinging and single to left field to give Marist runners on first and second. Pagano would make it two consecutive first pitch swinging Red Foxes as he crushed a bases-clearing triple to the right-center field gap to make it 3-2 in favor of the hosts. Laurino would add an important insurance run on the following pitch as he roped a single to center field to plate Pagano.

Up 4-2 in the ninth inning, Kevin McCarthy (Malverne, N.Y.) gave up an Evan Wexler lead-off home run, but the junior would battle through and hold on for his second save of 2013 the 4-3 victory.

GAME 2 MARIST 6 - NIAGARA 2:

Timely late game hitting would spearhead Marist to the Game Two win, as well, as the Purple Eagles once again built a lead over the Red Foxes.

With runs in the first and third innings, Niagara would hold a 2-0 advantage until the bottom of the fourth. In that frame, Marist plated Orefice and Berry on a Steve Laurino single to center field to tie the game at 2-2.

Houseal retired the Purple Eagles in order to quickly get his offense back at bat against Jordan Schwartz in the bottom of the fifth inning.

The Red Foxes put some distance between themselves and Niagara in this inning when they took advantage of three walks and an error. Zachary Passerelle (Sparta, N.J.) earned the go-ahead RBI by drawing a seven-pitch walk versus reliever Kody Kasper. With the bases still loaded Berry singled up the middle and drove in Orefice and Shank for unearned runs.

Given a 5-2 lead into the sixth inning, Houseal would set Niagara down without allowing a hit.

Orefice added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI single to center field to score freshman Matt Belitz (Ossining, N.Y.).

Houseal closed out the complete game win with a three-up, three-down outing in the seventh.

The Red Foxes will conclude their three-game series with Niagara on Sunday; first pitch is slated for 12 p.m.

 

 

Live & On-Demand Video
Picture of McCann Pool Time Lapse
McCann Pool Time Lapse
Picture of Men's Soccer vs. Villanova Postgame
Men's Soccer vs. Villanova Postgame
Picture of Marist Football Offense Preview
Marist Football Offense Preview
Picture of Women's Soccer vs. Seton Hall
Women's Soccer vs. Seton Hall
Picture of Women's Soccer vs. Seton Hall Postgame
Women's Soccer vs. Seton Hall Postgame
Picture of Marist Volleyball Preseason Update
Marist Volleyball Preseason Update
Picture of Football: Preseason Scrimmage
Football: Preseason Scrimmage
Picture of Marist Men's Soccer Preseason
Marist Men's Soccer Preseason
Picture of Meet the Freshmen: Connor McClenaghan
Meet the Freshmen: Connor McClenaghan
Picture of Marist Football - Week 1 Update
Marist Football - Week 1 Update
Picture of Mike Maker Interview - Part 2
Mike Maker Interview - Part 2
Picture of Marist Women's Soccer Preseason
Marist Women's Soccer Preseason
Picture of Marist Volleyball MAAC Preseason Favorites
Marist Volleyball MAAC Preseason Favorites
Picture of WBB - Meet the Freshmen: Kendall Baab
WBB - Meet the Freshmen: Kendall Baab
Picture of Marist Football Move In Day
Marist Football Move In Day
Picture of Mike Maker Interview - Part 1
Mike Maker Interview - Part 1
Picture of Meet the Freshmen: R.J. Coil
Meet the Freshmen: R.J. Coil
Picture of Meet the Freshmen: Allie Clement
Meet the Freshmen: Allie Clement
Picture of Meet the Freshmen: James Griffin
Meet the Freshmen: James Griffin
Picture of Meet the Freshmen: Payton Birchmeier
Meet the Freshmen: Payton Birchmeier
Picture of Meet the Freshmen: Obi Momah
Meet the Freshmen: Obi Momah
Picture of MBB: Summer Sessions
MBB: Summer Sessions
Picture of WBB: Chillin 4 Charity
WBB: Chillin 4 Charity
Picture of MBB: Mike Maker Interviews
MBB: Mike Maker Interviews
Picture of MBB: Mike Maker Press Conference
MBB: Mike Maker Press Conference
Picture of In the Spotlight: Caylin Moore
In the Spotlight: Caylin Moore
Picture of Baseball vs. Saint Peter's Postgame
Baseball vs. Saint Peter's Postgame
Picture of Softball vs. Manhattan Postgame
Softball vs. Manhattan Postgame
Picture of Softball vs. Iona Postgame
Softball vs. Iona Postgame
Picture of Softball vs. Monmouth Postgame
Softball vs. Monmouth Postgame
Picture of Men's Tennis: NCAA Tournament Preview
Men's Tennis: NCAA Tournament Preview
Picture of MAAC Softball Preview
MAAC Softball Preview
Picture of MAAC Finals: MLAX vs. Siena Postgame
MAAC Finals: MLAX vs. Siena Postgame
Picture of MLAX vs. Detroit Postgame
MLAX vs. Detroit Postgame
Picture of MLAX MAAC Championship Preview
MLAX MAAC Championship Preview
Picture of Football: Spring Game
Football: Spring Game
Picture of MLAX vs. Canisius Postgame
MLAX vs. Canisius Postgame
Picture of Crew: MAAC Championship Preview
Crew: MAAC Championship Preview
Picture of Water Polo: MAAC Championship Preview
Water Polo: MAAC Championship Preview
Picture of Football: Offensive Update
Football: Offensive Update
Picture of Women's Tennis vs. Monmouth Postgame
Women's Tennis vs. Monmouth Postgame
Picture of In the Spotlight: J.D. Recor
In the Spotlight: J.D. Recor
Picture of WLAX vs. Manhattan Postgame
WLAX vs. Manhattan Postgame
Picture of Spring Football: Defensive Update
Spring Football: Defensive Update
Picture of WLAX vs. Niagara Postgame
WLAX vs. Niagara Postgame
Picture of Baseball vs. Albany Postgame
Baseball vs. Albany Postgame
Picture of In the Spotlight: Jamie Romano
In the Spotlight: Jamie Romano
Picture of Softball vs. Manhattan Postgame
Softball vs. Manhattan Postgame
Picture of WLAX vs. Iona Postgame
WLAX vs. Iona Postgame
Picture of Men's Tennis vs. Fairfield Postgame
Men's Tennis vs. Fairfield Postgame
Picture of Marist Athletics: Community Events
Marist Athletics: Community Events
Picture of Water Polo Senior Day
Water Polo Senior Day
Picture of MLAX vs. Manhattan Alumni Day
MLAX vs. Manhattan Alumni Day
Picture of Baseball Season Update
Baseball Season Update
Picture of WLAX vs. Binghamton
WLAX vs. Binghamton
Picture of WLAX vs. Binghamton Postgame
WLAX vs. Binghamton Postgame
Picture of MLAX vs. Brown Postgame
MLAX vs. Brown Postgame
Picture of WBB vs. Iowa Postgame
WBB vs. Iowa Postgame
Picture of WBB: Iowa Press Conference
WBB: Iowa Press Conference
Picture of WBB: Sights and Sounds of Iowa
WBB: Sights and Sounds of Iowa
Picture of WBB: NCAA Preview
WBB: NCAA Preview
Picture of Pro Day 2014
Pro Day 2014
Picture of The MAAC Experience
The MAAC Experience
Picture of WBB vs. Quinnipiac Post Game
WBB vs. Quinnipiac Post Game
Picture of Fan Fun/Shooter Interview
Fan Fun/Shooter Interview
Picture of WBB vs. Rider Post Game
WBB vs. Rider Post Game
Picture of MAAC Awards
MAAC Awards
Picture of WBB: Practice and Preparation
WBB: Practice and Preparation
Picture of 2014 MAAC Honor Roll: Mike Hart
2014 MAAC Honor Roll: Mike Hart
Picture of MLAX vs. Towson
MLAX vs. Towson
Picture of 2014 MAAC Honor Roll: Julianne Viani
2014 MAAC Honor Roll: Julianne Viani
Picture of WBB vs. Siena Post Game
WBB vs. Siena Post Game
Picture of MBB vs. Niagara Post Game
MBB vs. Niagara Post Game
Picture of WBB: MAAC Preview
WBB: MAAC Preview
Picture of MBB: MAAC Preview
MBB: MAAC Preview
Picture of MBB vs. Quinnipiac Post Game
MBB vs. Quinnipiac Post Game
Picture of MLAX vs. Marquette Post Game
MLAX vs. Marquette Post Game
Picture of WBB vs. Monmouth Post Game
WBB vs. Monmouth Post Game
Picture of Softball: 2014 Season Preview
Softball: 2014 Season Preview
Picture of MBB vs. Iona Post Game
MBB vs. Iona Post Game
Picture of WLAX vs. Vermont Post Game
WLAX vs. Vermont Post Game
Picture of Track and Field MAAC Preview
Track and Field MAAC Preview
Picture of WLAX vs. Lafayette Post Game
WLAX vs. Lafayette Post Game
Picture of Women's Swimming and Diving Claims 100th MAAC Championship
Women's Swimming and Diving Claims 100th MAAC Championship
Picture of MBB vs. Siena Post Game
MBB vs. Siena Post Game
Picture of WBB vs. Quinnipiac Post Game
WBB vs. Quinnipiac Post Game
Picture of Women's Lacrosse: 2014 Season Preview
Women's Lacrosse: 2014 Season Preview
Picture of In the Spotlight: Leanne Ockenden
In the Spotlight: Leanne Ockenden
Picture of MLAX: Season Preview
MLAX: Season Preview
Picture of WBB vs. Fairfield Post Game
WBB vs. Fairfield Post Game
Picture of MBB Alumni Weekend
MBB Alumni Weekend
Picture of MBB vs. Niagara Post Game
MBB vs. Niagara Post Game
Picture of MBB vs. Monmouth Post Game
MBB vs. Monmouth Post Game
Picture of WBB vs. Rider Post Game
WBB vs. Rider Post Game
Picture of WBB vs. Niagara Post Game
WBB vs. Niagara Post Game
Picture of Swimming vs. Seton Hall Post Meet
Swimming vs. Seton Hall Post Meet
Picture of Swimming and Diving 101
Swimming and Diving 101
Picture of WBB vs. Saint Peter's Post Game
WBB vs. Saint Peter's Post Game
Picture of WBB: Play4Kay
WBB: Play4Kay
Picture of MBB vs. Saint Peter's Post Game
MBB vs. Saint Peter's Post Game