Marist Downed By Manhattan In 13-Inning Marathon

Game Lasts Four Hours, 25 Minutes

B.J. Martin tossed seven strong innings for Marist on Sunday

B.J. Martin tossed seven strong innings for Marist on Sunday

May 4, 2008

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - The Marist baseball team lost to Manhattan in a 13-inning game on Sunday at McCann Baseball Field, falling by a score of 8-2 in a game which took four hours. The Red Foxes were swept in the three-game series by the Jaspers and now stand at 18-23 overall and 7-11 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play with six conference games to go.

Marist scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the second. After Manhattan starter Dan Forman struck out the first four batters he faces, Marist designated hitter Andrew Stanton (Delmar, N.Y.) reached on an infield single. Junior right fielder Brian McDonough (Hanover, Mass.) followed with a single. After both runners advanced on a balk, Stanton was driven home on an RBI groundout by sophomore left fielder Ryan Gauck (Clifton Park, N.Y.).

The Red Foxes added another run in the third. Freshman center fielder Michael Gallic (Tolland, Conn.) led off the inning with a walk, and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by junior third baseman Kyle Meyer (East Greenbush, N.Y.). With two outs, a single by sophomore shortstop Richard Curylo (Staten Island, N.Y.) plated Gallic, giving Marist a 2-0 lead.

Meanwhile, sophomore right-hander B.J. Martin (Manalapan, N.J.), making his first start in four weeks, was rolling along. Martin shut out the Jaspers through the first seven innings, but hit Manhattan's Eric Nieto to lead off the eighth. Martin was relieved by freshman right-hander Brendan Chapin (South Weymouth, Mass.), who gave up hits to the first two batters he faced as Manhattan cut the lead to 2-1. However, Chapin struck out Chad Salem with runners on first and second for the first out of the inning.

Chapin was then relieved by classmate Kyle Putnam (New Windsor, N.Y.). After Dom Lombardi reached on a fielder's choice to load the bases, Putnam struck out Ruben Perez and got Austin Sheffield to line out to Meyer to end the inning.

Putnam retired the first two batters he faced in the ninth, but back-to-back doubles by Eric Nieto and Mark Onorati tied the game at two apiece.

Neither team scored until the top of the 13th, when the Jaspers broke the game open by scoring six times. Kevin Nieto was hit by a pitch to force home the go-ahead run, and then a double by Salem cleared the bases and gave the Jaspers a 6-2 lead. Lombardi then hit a long home run to left to put Manhattan up 8-2.

Sophomore right-hander Eric Alessio (Nyack, N.Y.), who held Manhattan scoreless in the 10th, 11th and 12th, was charged with three runs in the 13th to take the loss. He now stands at 1-3 on the season. Brian Pendergast (4-4) earned the win for the Jaspers with five innings of shutout relief.

In his seven inning of work, Martin gave up just four hits and two walks while striking out eight. Forman went the first eight innings for Manhattan, striking out 12.

Manhattan now stands at 24-18-1 overall and 13-5 in the MAAC.

After taking five days off for final exams, the Red Foxes will return to action next weekend with a conference series at Niagara. The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 4 p.m. followed by a single game on Sunday at noon.

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