By Julianne Desjardins
After a tough weekend last week, the Marist Red Foxes baseball team got back on the winning trail with a three-game sweep over the Canisius Golden Griffins.
The team played a double header on Saturday and one game on Sunday. In the first game of the double header, Canisius started off the scoring in the first inning, scoring one run off of Marist pitcher Sean Keenan.
Marist took the lead in the bottom of the second inning, scoring three runs. Greg Kocinski starting the inning off with a single to center field. He then advanced on a single by Matt Pagano. Matt Iantosca singled to left field to drive in Kocinski. After advancing on a wild pitch, both Pagano and Iantosca scored on an infield single from Patrick Lightner. After Canisius tied the game up in the fourth inning, Marist didn’t regain the the until the sixth inning.
The inning started with single to left field from Andrew Rouse then advanced to third on single up the middle from Tyler Kirkpatrick. Iantosca then walked to load the bases for pinch hitter Randy Taveras. Taveras flied out to left field, bringing Rouse in to score. Anthony Lazar reached on an infield single followed by Tyler Kapuscinski reaching on an error from Canisius’ second baseman scoring Iantosca and Kirkpatrick.
Frankie Gregoire walked, then Kocinski singled to right field plating both Kapuscinski and Lazar and advanced to second on a throwing error from Canisius’ right fielder. Rouse then singled once again to score Kocinski. The Golden Griffins scored a few runs later in the game, but came up short with Marist winning 10-7.
The Red Foxes continued their offensive explosion in the second game of the double header. Marist started the scoring in the bottom of the first inning. After Lazar walked and Kapuscinski singled to center field, Lazar scored on pop out from Gregoire after stealing third. After Canisius tied the game in the top of the second inning, Marist tacked on three more runs in the bottom half of the inning.
Pagano led off the inning with a double to left center field then scored on a single up the middle from Matt Iantosca. Lightner singled, then scored behind Iantosca on a double from Gregoire. Canisius once again tied the game in the top of the fourth inning, but Marist regained the lead in the bottom of the inning.
Lightner doubled to right center field and advanced to third on a groundout fromLazar. Kapuscinski later tripled to right field scoring Lightner. Kapuscinski then scored on a wild pitch. John Parisi was then able to hold down Canisius’ offense for the rest of the game, giving up no hits and striking out three.
Marist extended their lead in the fifth. Rouse reached on a throwing error and advanced to second. After a Canisius pitching change, Rouse advanced to third on a wild pitch. Pagano walked then stole second followed by Iantosca reaching base after being hit by a pitch. Rouse scored on another wild pitch, while Iantosca and Pagano advanced to second and third, respectively. Both then scored on a double to center field from Lightner.
Marist tacked on a couple more runs in the sixth inning. Rouse walked to reach base, then stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Rouse then scored on a groundout from Kocinski. Kirkpatrick also walked and stole second and scored on a double up the middle by Pagano.
The final game of the series was played on Sunday with pitcher Scott Boches starting for the Red Foxes. Marist came out hot once again, scoring five runs in the bottom of the first inning.
The first two batters for Marist, Lazar and Kapuscinski, both walked to reach base. Gregoire singled to plate Lazar. Kapuscinski then scored on a single by Kocinski. Kirkpatrick walked, then advanced to second on a throwing error with Gregoire scoring. Chris Tracz then doubled, scoring both Kirkpatrick and Kocinski.
The offense stayed quiet until the fourth inning where Lightner singled to lead off the inning, then advanced to second on a fielding error. Lazar then singled to center field to bring home Lightner. Kapuscinski followed with a single as well. A wild pitch advanced Lazar to third, then scored on a single from Rouse. Kocinski walked to load the bases for Kirkpatrick who singled to score Rouse and Kapuscinski. After a pitching change, Pagano walked. Tracz then flied out to center field, bringing Kocinski home.
Lazar and Kapuscinski both walked to lead off the fifth inning. Gregoire flied out to advance Lazar, who then scored on another flyout by Rouse. Kirkpatrick hit his third home run of the season to lead off the sixth inning followed by Tracz’s second home run of the season.
The Red Foxes’ offense slowed down on Tuesday when they lost to Stony Brook, scoring only two runs with both RBIs from Kocinski. After the game, Kocinski shared what the team focuses on coming off of a sweep to keep the offense rolling. “We focus on pitching and defense first, those things that win games and ultimately win championships,” he said. “Our pitchers have put a lot of work in to make sure their side of the game is good.”
Marist lost on Wednesday in another offensive showdown with West Hartford, losing 18-16.
The Red Foxes play a three-game set with MAAC opponent Monmouth this weekend in West Long Branch, New Jersey.