By Pete Fagan
FISHKILL – Marist baseball (17-20, 7-5 MAAC) won both games of the twinbill at Manhattan (15-24, 8-4 MAAC) to take the series and end the Jasper’s streak of eight-consecutive MAAC victories. Marist won game one 6-4, and then took game two in a ten-inning stunner.
Marist scored early on a pair of doubles from Tyler Kapuscinski and Robbie Armitage. Kapuscinski reached home to put Marist on the board.
Manhattan answered back with two runs in the bottom of the inning and then another in the second to lead 3-1.
In the third, Randy Taveras hit a double and then Kapuscinski batted him in with an RBI-single to center field.
Reece Armitage hit a big triple into right field and drove in Frankie Gregoire and Kapuscinski to take back a 4-3 advantage for the Red Foxes.
Manhattan scored in the fourth to tie the game.
Gregoire batted in Robbie Armitage in the fifth, and then Brian Hart singled to left center to drive in Gregoire to give Marist a 6-4 lead.
Ryan Cardona closed out the game with 2.0 innings of relief for the save.
The Jaspers started off strong with a run in the first inning.
Patrick Lightner singled to left field in the second and drove in Gene Napolitano to tie the game.
Kapuscinski scored on a passed ball in the fifth and the Red Foxes took a one-run advantage.
Manhattan added a pair of runs in the seventh to move in front 3-2.
Randy Taveras came up big in the top of the ninth with a 2-RBI single to right field to go ahead 4-3 in the final inning. Lightner and Hart were driven home.
Manhattan was able to tie the game in the bottom of the inning and extend the game.
Marist took control in the top of the tenth with a 2-RBI single from Niko Amory and then a 2-RBI double from Kapuscinski to lead 8-4.
The bases became loaded once again, and Reece Armitage smacked a huge 3-RBI double to right center field to give Marist an 11-4 lead in the tenth. Robbie Armitage, Kapuscinski and Taveras all scored.
Nick Cantone retired the side in the bottom of the inning and earned the win as Marist took home the victory.
Marist Baseball stays in the area for a game at Army (23-16, 10-6 Patriot League) on Wednesday, April 24.