Marist Baseball To Host Manhattan For Important Three-Game Series

Red Foxes Need Strong Finish To Earn MAAC Tournament Berth

Senior catcher Keith Glasser belted a home run in Marist's 11-2 win over Army on Wednesday in the Hudson Valley Baseball Classic

Senior catcher Keith Glasser belted a home run in Marist's 11-2 win over Army on Wednesday in the Hudson Valley Baseball Classic

May 2, 2008

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - The Marist baseball team (18-20 overall, 7-8 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) will host Manhattan (21-18-1, 10-5) in an important three-game series at the McCann Baseball Field this weekend. The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday starting at noon, followed by a single game starting at noon on Sunday.

The Red Foxes enter the weekend tied for fifth place in the MAAC, two-and-a-half games behind Fairfield for the fourth and final playoff position. Manhattan sits in sole possession of third, one-half game ahead of Fairfield. The Jaspers are a half-game behind Rider for second and one full game behind first-place Canisius.

Marist enters the contest having won four of its last five. The Red Foxes defeated Army 11-2 in their last outing on Wednesday to capture the Hudson Valley Baseball Classic, played at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill. Sophomore shortstop Richard Curylo (Staten Island, N.Y.), freshman center fielder Michael Gallic (Tolland, Conn.) and junior right fielder Brian McDonough (Hanover, Mass.) had three hits apiece in the contest, as Marist pounded out 16 hits in the contest.

The Red Foxes lost all four meetings they had with the Jaspers last season - two coming in the regular season, two in the MAAC Tournament. Marist took two out of three against Manhattan the last time the teams played at McCann, which came two seasons ago.

Curylo leads Marist in hitting at .366. He also has the most runs (25), hits (53) and RBIs (27) on the squad while being tied for the team lead in homers (three) and triples (two). Sophomore outfielder Kevin Nieto leads Manhattan with a .396 average, 16 steals, 13 doubles and a .595 slugging percentage.

Here are this weekend's pitching matchups:

Game one: Manhattan - RHP Tom Costigan (4-2, 5.73); Marist - LHP Josh Rickards (3-5, 3.21)

Costigan will be making his team-high 11th start of the season for the Jaspers. A sophomore, Costigan was selected as the pitcher on this year's Preseason All-MAAC team. He pitched 8.1 innings against the Red Foxes in last season's MAAC Tournament, earning the victory in the game which ended Marist's season.

Rickards, a junior, will be making his team-high 10th start of the season. He leads the Red Foxes with 56 innings pitched and 38 strikeouts, and the opposition is hitting just .253 against him. In his last outing against Saint Peter's last Saturday, Rickards tossed a complete game five-hitter in the Red Foxes' 10-1 triumph.

Game two: Manhattan - LHP Mike Gazzola (1-2, 4.43); Marist - RHP Richard Cary (6-0, 4.23)

Gazzola, a sophomore will be making his ninth appearance and his third start. He has thrown 20.1 innings on the season, allowing just 18 hits with strikeout-walk ratio of 19-12. Cary will be making his seventh start of the year. A sophomore, Cary made the first weekend start of his career against Saint Peter's last Saturday, going 6.1 innings to earn the win as Marist prevailed 5-3.

Game three: Manhattan - LHP Dan Forman (6-3, 4.40); Marist - TBA

Forman, a freshman, leads the Jaspers in victories. He also has a team-high 61 strikeouts in 61.1 innings of work, and the opposition is hitting just .252 against him. The Red Foxes will determine their starter following Saturday's game.

All three games will be broadcast live on, with Dan Sturtevant calling all the action this weekend. The pregame show will start at 11:50 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. You can access the games by click on the Stretch Internet button on the bottom of the home page. GameTracker will be available for Sunday's game only.

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