POUGHKEEPSIE – On a day when the Marist baseball program honored its senior class, the Red Foxes defeated Saint Peter’s 9-2 on Sunday in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game at McCann Baseball Field to complete a three-game series sweep.
Prior to the game, the Red Foxes’ six seniors – Jake Berry (South Hamilton, Mass.), Jordan Eich (Spencerport, N.Y.), Nick McQuail (Wantagh, N.Y.), Zachary Passerelle (Sparta, N.J.), Chris Thorsen (Lititz, Pa.) and Pat Welsh (Millersville, Pa.) – were honored. Several played key roles in the team’s victory in the series finale.
Eich (3-5) tossed seven shutout innings to earn the victory. He struck out seven, and allowed only two hits and one walk. McQuail scored three runs, including the Red Foxes’ first two runs in the first and third innings. He drew two walks and was hit by a pitch. Berry advanced McQuail with sacrifice bunts in the first and third innings, and added an RBI single in the sixth. Passerelle doubled to lead off Marist’s six-run sixth inning and also scored, and Welsh added a single.
The Red Foxes outhit the Peacocks, 12-5. Sophomore second baseman Joey Aiola (Suffern, N.Y.) was 3-for-4 with two runs scored, a double, and a great diving catch of a line drive in the eighth inning. Sophomore left fielder Matt Pagano (Cranston, R.I.) went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, a run scored and a double. Junior first baseman Steve Laurino (Carle Place, N.Y.) went 1-for-4 with two RBIs and a walk.
Marist scored single runs in the first, third and fourth innings, and broke the game open with a six-run sixth in which the Red Foxes’ first seven hitters reached safely. Saint Peter’s scored its two runs on a two-run homer by second baseman Rob Moore in the ninth.
John Leiter (2-7), who went five-plus innings, took the loss for Saint Peter’s.
Marist now stands at 16-30 overall and 9-12 in the MAAC, while Saint Peter’s fell to 11-37 overall and 6-14 in the MAAC. The Red Foxes control their own destiny for a spot in the MAAC Baseball Championships as they enter the final week of regular-season play.
Marist’s final three regular-season games will take place at Fairfield. The Red Foxes and Stags will play a single game on Friday, and a doubleheader on Saturday.