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July 10th, 2013

Marist baseball players rank among nation’s elite

Marist College senior first baseman Mike Orefice had a stellar year, ranking among the nation’s best in walks per game (.77) and RBIs per game (52 RBIs in 52 games).

POUGHKEEPSIE - The Marist baseball team finished its season with a record of 27-24-1. This marked the fifth straight season in which the Red Foxes finished with a record of .500 or better. Marist finished second in the MAAC regular season with a record of 17-7.

The Red Foxes had two players taken in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft this year. Junior pitcher Kevin McCarthy was selected in the 16th round by the Kansas City Royals and senior shortstop Zach Shank was selected in the 28th round by the Seattle Mariners.

Marist had a very good offensive season, finishing the year with .298 batting average, which was also good for 28th in the nation. The Red Foxes were led by Shank, who hit .370 with three home runs and 37 RBIs. With one strikeout per every 16.2 at bats, Shank was also one of the toughest in the nation to retire on strikes, as he finished 22nd in that category.

Marist was 27th in the country in on-base percentage with a .389. This category was led by senior first baseman Mike Orefice, who ranked among the elite in walks per game with .77, which was good for 31st overall.

Orefice also finished in top 50 in RBIs per game averaging 1.00, with a conference-best 52 RBIs in 52 games.

Matt Pagano led the team in triples with five which was good for 50th in the country, averaging .10 per game, which was good for 47th in the nation. Marist was also among the elite in triples as a team, averaging .33 and ranking 47th in the nation.

Marist was in the top 35 in sacrifice bunts with 62 and ranked at 32nd overall in the NCAA. The Red Foxes were led by junior outfielder Jake Berry with 14 sacrifice bunts, which was 28th overall in the NCAA rankings. He averaged .30 sacrifice bunts per game, which put him at 17th in the nation.

On the mound, senior right-hander Brett Houseal was 20th in the country with five complete games. Included in this total was an 11-inning effort in a 2-1 triumph at Siena on March 30th.

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