By Pete Fagan
WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – Marist baseball (13-16, 4-2 MAAC) won the Sunday finale to sweep the series at Monmouth (11-17-1, 2-4 MAAC). Anthony Lazar hit his third homer in two games, and Ryan Cardona closed out the game with 3.2 innings of relief.
Anthony Lazar picked up where he left off on Saturday with a home run in third.
The Hawks scored once in the third and twice in the fourth to take a 3-1 lead.
Robbie Armitage singled through the left side to drive in Lazar and Brian Hart in the fifth and tie the game.
Neither team was able to earn the go-ahead run until Brian Hart smacked a line drive to left field to drive in Nick Cantone.
Ryan Cardona closed out the game strong on the mound and the Red Foxes completed the series sweep.
Anthony Lazar leads the team with a .336 average and 44 hits, 29 runs scored, 10 doubles and now has four runs.
Frankie Gregoire leads the team with 25 RBIs and six homers.
Tony Romanelli is the top starter this season with a 3.95 ERA over 43.1 innings with 38 strikeouts.
“It wasn’t necessarily easy to get the win, and the guys still put themselves in some tough spots. But they battled today, and that’s good because the thing we’ve been struggling with is competing hard,” said head coach Chris Tracz after the game. “We’re used to playing on the road. If you’re going to be good you have to win on the road, and win against quality opponents. We were on the right side of this one, so we’ll go home for a bit and then move on to the next one.”
Marist travels to Hartford for a midweek matchup on Wednesday before hosting Canisius on Saturday.