POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - The Marist baseball team split a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) doubleheader with Canisius on Saturday at McCann Baseball Field. After the Golden Griffins earned a 4-2 victory in game one, a complete game two-hit shutout from junior right-hander Brett Houseal (Landisville, Pa.) lifted Marist to a 9-0 triumph in game two.
Houseal earned his fourth straight win, and needed just 81 pitches for the seven-inning contest. He threw 51 of his pitches for strikes, and recorded six strikeouts and 12 groundouts. He allowed just two hits and two walks.
Offensively in game two, Marist racked up 11 hits and got contributions up and down the lineup. Eight different Red Foxes scored runs, eight had hits, and five drove in runs. Junior designated hitter Dan Zlotnick (Katonah, N.Y.) was 2-for-2 with two runs scored, two RBIs and a double. Junior first baseman Mike Orefice (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) and sophomore third baseman Nick McQuail (Wantagh, N.Y.) each added two hits, and junior shortstop Zach Shank (Lititz, Pa.) drove in a pair of runs.
In the first, Berry drew a leadoff walk, and scored on a two-out single by McQuail. Marist then added three runs in the second. Sophomore right fielder Pat Welsh (Millersville, Pa.) led off with an infield single, and scored on a single by red-shirt sophomore center fielder Mark Stuckey (Marietta, Pa.). A two-out, two-run single by Shank brought home Zlotnick and Stuckey to make the score 4-0.
Marist then tacked on four in the fifth, with the big blow being a two-run double by Zlotnick. The Red Foxes then closed out the scoring in the sixth when Orefice singled, advanced to second on an error, went to third on a groundout, and came in on an RBI groundout by freshman second baseman Alec Petrone (Mahopac, N.Y.).
Canisius starter Devon Stewart (4-4), who went the first four innings, took the loss.
In game one, Canisius struck first in the first on a double steal, with Mike Krische scoring. Marist tied the game in the fourth as Orefice led off with a single, and scored on a fielder's choice by Welsh. Canisius then took the lead for good in the sixth on a two-out infield single by Connor Panas, which plated Jesse Kelso. In the seventh, Kelso's two-run single put the Golden Griffins up 4-1. Marist pushed across a run in the eighth on a bases-loaded walk by Zlotnick, but then left the bases loaded. The Red Foxes then left two on in the ninth.
Kelso led Canisius offensively in the first game by going 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored. Starter Garrett Cortright (6-6) allowed one run over seven innings to get the win, and Jon Fitzsimmons worked around four walks in 1.2 innings to pick up his 11th save of the season.
For Marist, sophomore left fielder Jake Berry (South Hamilton, Mass.) went 3-for-4 in game one, while Orefice and McQuail each had two hits. Orefice also scored both of Marist's runs. Starter Chad Gallagher (Southboro, Mass.), who went the first 6.1 and allowed three runs, took the loss to fall to 6-4. Sophomore Kevin McCarthy (Malverne, N.Y.) allowed one run over the final 2.2.
Canisius is now 27-25 overall and 12-8 in the MAAC; Marist is 24-22 overall and 10-9 in conference play. The Golden Griffins and Red Foxes will wrap up their three-game series on Sunday, with a single game at noon. Prior to the game, the program will honor Gallagher, Ben Luderer (River Vale, N.J.) and Jake Rifkin (West Deptford, N.J.) in its Senior Day ceremony.
Following the doubleheader, players, coaches and staff members shaved their heads in conjunction with the St. Baldrick's Foundation to raise funds and awareness for cures of childhood cancer.