BUFFALO – The Marist baseball team earned an 11-6 victory over Canisius in 10 innings in the finale of a three-game Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) series on Sunday at Demske Sports Complex.
Marist outhit Canisius, 14-12, and benefitted from four Golden Griffin errors while the Red Foxes themselves did not commit any miscues. Sophomore left fielder Steve Laurino went 3-for-6 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Junior third baseman Nick McQuail was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and an RBI.
Junior right-hander Kevin McCarthy finished the game with five scoreless innings of relief. McCarthy struck out six and scattered four hits while not walking any batters.
The Red Foxes scored three times in the first at-bat on RBI singles by McQuail, junior right fielder Jake Berry and junior catcher Zachary Passerelle. Following an RBI ground-rule double by Laurino in the second, and an RBI single by freshman center fielder Graham McIntire, Marist led 5-1 after three. However, Canisius fought back to take the lead with three in the fourth and two in the sixth.
Marist tied the game in the seventh on a two-out single by McIntire, which brought home senior shortstop Zach Shank, who had led off the inning with a single. The score remained tied until the Red Foxes scored five in the 10th, an inning in which they had three hits and took advantage of three Canisius errors. An RBI single by Laurino brought home McIntire and put the Red Foxes up for good.
Third baseman Connor Panas paced Canisius offensively by going 3-for-5 with three runs scored. First baseman Jimmy Luppens and designated hitter Shane Zimmer each homered. Eric Stolzenburg was charged with the loss, and fell to 1-1.
Marist improved to 21-17-1 overall and 12-6 in the MAAC; Canisius is 31-11 overall and 9-6 in the MAAC. The loss snapped the Golden Griffins’ 11-game winning streak.
Marist will return to action with three mid-week road games this week, including a doubleheader at Brown on Wednesday at 2 p.m.