POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – The Marist baseball team defeated Fairfield by a score of 4-2 on Sunday at McCann Field to complete a three-game series Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) sweep of the Stags.
The Red Foxes outhit the Stags, 8-6. Freshman second baseman Joey Aiola (Suffern, N.Y.) went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Sophomore left-hander Rich Vrana (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) went a career-high 6.1 innings to earn the win, which improved his record to 3-1. Sophomore right-hander Chris Napolitano (Wall, N.J.) pitched a scoreless ninth for his first career save.
Marist scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the first. Senior shortstop Zach Shank (Lititz, Pa.) singled with one out, and scored on a two-out infield error. The Red Foxes then added a pair of runs in the fourth on an RBI single by Aiola, followed by a sacrifice fly from freshman designated hitter Matt Pagano (Cranston, R.I.).
In the top of the seventh, Marist held a 3-1 lead, but Fairfield had runners on second and third with one out. Junior right-hander Chris Thorsen (Lititz, Pa.) relieved Vrana, and recorded a groundout and strikeout to escape the jam with the two-run lead intact.
Fairfield added a run in the eighth to close its deficit to 3-2, but the Red Foxes added an insurance run in the bottom half of the inning. Junior third baseman Nick McQuail (Wantagh, N.Y.) led off with a single, and scored on a sacrifice fly by sophomore left fielder Steve Laurino (Carle Place, N.Y.).
In the ninth, Fairfield had runners on first and second with one out. But shortstop Sal Ciccone lined out to Aiola, who flipped to Shank to double off the runner and end the game.
Marist is now 18-12-1 overall and 9-3 in the MAAC. The Red Foxes are 6-0 in home conference games this year. Fairfield is now 10-20 overall and 3-9 in the MAAC.
The Red Foxes return to action on Tuesday, when they host Binghamton in a non-conference game. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.