POUGHKEEPSIE – Buoyed by an eight-run first inning, the Marist baseball team defeated Iona, 10-1, in the rubber game of a three-game Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) series at McCann Field in Poughkeepsie, NY on Sunday.
Marist finished with 15 hits in the game, all of which were singles. Freshman center fielder Matt Pagano, junior right fielder Jake Berry and freshman second baseman Joey Aiola all went 3-for-4 for the Red Foxes. Senior shortstop Zach Shank and sophomore left fielder Steve Laurino both went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored in the victory.
Sophomore left-hander Rich Vrana improved to 4-1 on the year with the victory. Vrana started the game on the mound and went the first six innings, recording seven strikeouts along the way. He scattered seven hits and two walks, and allowed just one run.
Junior right-hander Kevin McCarthy tossed the final three innings to earn his sixth save of the season. He allowed just two baserunners during his outing, and struck out three.
Marist scored eight runs in the first on the strength of seven hits, two walks, a wild pitch and an error. Eight straight Red Foxes reached base at one point, including a two-run single by Shank in his second plate appearance of the inning.
Iona scored its lone run in the fourth, but Marist responded with two runs in the bottom half of the inning. The Red Foxes started the inning with three consecutive hits, and added a run on a double-play groundout.
Iona starting pitcher Matthew Kriss, who recorded just one out in the ballgame, took the loss to fall to 1-1. Kriss also served as the designated hitter and was one of two Gaels to have a two-hit game, along with first baseman Christian Choman. For the game, the Gaels mustered nine hits against Marist.
Marist is now 20-14-1 overall and 11-4 in the MAAC; Iona is 6-33 overall and 2-13 in MAAC play.
The Red Foxes will next return to action against the Army Black Knights in the eighth annual Hudson Valley Baseball Classic, to be held at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill, NY.