POUGHKEEPSIE – Junior Randy Taveras’ bases loaded single in the bottom of the 10th inning gave the Marist baseball team a 4-3 walk off win and its first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference series victory vs the Monmouth Hawks on Sunday at McCann Field.
With the win, the Red Foxes improve to 7-11 (2-1 MAAC
Marist opened the scoring in the bottom of the third inning when freshman Reece Armitage led off with a single to center and junior Anthony Lazar reached on a fielding error by the third baseman that advanced Armitage to third. Senior Andrew Rouse followed with an RBI sac bunt that scored Armitage and advanced Lazar to second and junior Frankie Gregoire laced an RBI single to left that scored Lazar to give the Red Foxes a 2-0 lead.
One inning later, a solo home run to by Armitage to right field gave Marist a 3-0 lead.
The Hawks got on the board in the top of the eight with a leadoff double to left field, before the runner advanced to third on a wild pitch and then scored on an RBI ground out to the shortstop to bring the score to 3-1 Red Foxes.
In the top of the ninth inning, Monmouth rallied to tie the game with a walk, single, a wild pitch, an RBI ground out and an RBI sac fly to left field.
The game then went to extra innings and in the bottom of the 10th, redshirt senior Greg Kocinski led off with a double to right center and freshman Nick Cantone was hit by a pitch. Redshirt sophomore Tyler Kapuscinski walked, redshirt junior Jordan Roper was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Taveras smacked a game winning RBI single through the left side to give Marist the 4-3 walk off win.
“Obviously the first MAAC series of the year and to play it at home against a really good team…to come out with a series win is huge for us to get off on the right track” said head coach Chris Tracz. “This weekend has kind of been a bugaboo for a couple years in term of getting off to a good start so I’m really happy with how the guys played.”
The Red Foxes welcome the UMass Lowell Riverhawks to McCann Field on Wednesday at 3 p.m. in non-conference action.