By Pete Fagan
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – Marist baseball (25-23, 13-8 MAAC) won and lost one in the twinbill at Rider (16-34, 7-14 MAAC) to close out the series. The Broncs emerged victorious by a score of 5-1 in the first game, while the Red Foxes took the finale by a 3-1 advantage.
Rider scored all five of their runs in the first inning off of a pair of walks, sacrifice-flies and a hit-by-pitch.
In the fourth inning, Marist earned a run off of a Patrick Lightner RBI-single through the right side to drive in Frankie Gregoire.
The Red Foxes put men on base in the fifth and seventh innings, but could not cut down on the lead any more.
The game remained scoreless until the fifth inning when Rider scored on an RBI-single by Sebastian Williamson.
The Red Foxes answered in the sixth with an RBI-single from Robbie Armitage and a sacrifice-fly from Reece Armitage.
Tyler Kapuscinski extended the lead to 3-1 in the seventh with another sacrifice-fly to drive in Brian Hart.
Ryan Cardona closed out the game in the ninth for his fifth save of the season. Skyler Pichardo and Conor McNamara put on efficient displays in the previous eight innings of play.
Marist baseball closes out the regular season this weekend with a home-series against Siena (16-29, 10-9 MAAC). Game one will take place on Friday, May 17 at 3:30 p.m. The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday, May 18 beginning at noon, and will also honor the seniors for Senior Day.