POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - The Marist baseball team dropped the finale of a three-game Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) series to Manhattan by a score of 7-3 on Sunday at McCann Baseball Field. Marist led 3-1 through six innings before the Jaspers rallied for one run in the seventh, four in the eighth and one in the ninth.
Freshman second baseman Alec Petrone (Mahopac, N.Y.), sophomore right fielder Jake Berry (South Hamilton, Mass.), junior first baseman Mike Orefice (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) and junior shortstop Zach Shank (Lititz, Pa.) all had two hits for the Red Foxes. Berry and Orefice each had a double and an RBI, while Petrone had two runs scored and an RBI.
After Manhattan scored once in the top of the third, Marist answered with two runs in the bottom half of the inning. A single by Petrone brought home freshman catcher Mark Brennan (Wallingford, Conn.), who had walked to lead off the inning, to tie the score at one. Berry followed with a double to the gap in left-center, which scored Petrone from first.
In the fifth, Orefice's ground-rule double down the left-field line brought home Petrone to put the Red Foxes up 3-1. However, Marist left the bases loaded in that inning.
After Manhattan cut its deficit to 3-2 with a run in the seventh, the Jaspers took the lead for good with a four-run eighth. Catcher Ramon Ortega's sacrifice fly tied the score, and third baseman Kyle Murphy followed with a three-run homer on a 3-2 pitch to put the Jaspers up 6-3. An RBI single by Manhattan shortstop Yoandry Galan in the ninth made the score 7-3.
Manhattan starter Scott McClennan was lifted after four-plus innings, but reliever Michael Scarinci earned the win (1-2) with five shutout innings of work. Scarinci allowed just one Marist baserunner over the final four innings.
For Marist, starter Brett Houseal (Landisville, Pa.) took the loss to fall to 0-3. Houseal departed with a 3-2 lead, but was charged with four runs in 7.1 innings. He scattered eight hits, walked just one and struck out six.
Manhattan (4-16 overall, 1-2 MAAC) outhit Marist (7-11, 2-1), 12-10. Neither team committed an error in the entire series.
Marist will return to action on Tuesday with a non-conference home game against Hofstra. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.