After a 17-32 record in 2014, the Marist baseball team is back and ready to redeem themselves. With a new captain this season in senior first baseman Steve Laurino, the Red Foxes seem poised for a fresh start. As the team’s leader in batting average and runs batted in last season, Laurino appears to be the guy that can get his team’s offense jumpstarted. Marist can also look forward to clutch performances from sophomore relief pitcher Ryan Thomas. Thomas concluded the 2014 season with seven saves and twenty-four appearances, both tied for the lead in the Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference. With seventeen strikeouts, a 3.82 ERA, and a 1-4 record, he was named MAAC Co-Relief Pitcher of the Year. Red Fox fans can expect to see more stellar pitching performances from Thomas this season. The Red Foxes also proudly boast eight MAAC All-Academic Team selections from last season, as a result of possessing a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale. These players include juniors Joey Aiola, Matt Belitz, Sean Farrell, and Graham McIntire, and seniors Mark Brennan, Evan Davis, Alec Petrone, and Rich Vrana.
On November 21, the Miami Marlins finalized a 13 year, $325 million contract with slugger Giancarlo Stanton, making it the largest contract in North American sports history. Stanton is seen as the face of the Marlins franchise but such a long and expensive contract is still not worth it, despite all he brings to the table. Look at Alex Rodriguez back in 2007. The Yankees signed him to a 10 year, $275 million contract and look where that brought him. A steroid scandal emerged and A-Rod’s health began deteriorating, leading to surgeries and a noticeable decline in his offensive performance. Now, this is not to accuse Stanton of taking performance-enhancement drugs but it does raise the issue of whether or not a player like him can stay healthy for the next 13 years, healthy enough so that the Marlins get what they are paying for. The thing about Stanton is that he has been relatively consistent since he started. If he can stay that way or even improve upon his performance, then it might be valid to say that he deserves big money.
Marist (25-6, 15-3 MAAC) reached the MAAC Finals, defeating Iona and Fairfield in consecutive days before ending their season with a loss to second-seed Siena College (19-14, 14-4 MAAC) in a thrilling five-set match. According to sophomore Lexi Millington, the tournament was something that the Red Foxes had been ready for all season. “We used the entire season preparing for the tournament. Each time we played a team during the regular season was a new chance to figure out their strategies and learn how we could beat them,” she said. “Our expectations were very high with respects to winning, but we focused on getting better as a team.”
The Marist Red Foxes (23-5, 14-3 MAAC) nabbed the #1 seed in the upcoming MAAC Championships with a win over the St. Peter’s University Peacocks (6-20, 3-14 MAAC) on November 15th and clinched the regular season title the following day with a victory over the Rider University Broncs (17-15, 10-8 MAAC).
The Marist volleyball team (21-5, 13-3 MAAC) began their weekend road trip with a loss to the Niagara University Purple Eagles (12-14, 8-7 MAAC) on Saturday, November 1. The Red Foxes lost in three sets, by scores of 24-26, 20-25, and 16-25.
This weekend on November 1, the Marist Red Foxes (20-4, 12-2 MAAC) extended their winning streak to five games with a four set victory over the Iona College Gaels (6-20, 3-11 MAAC) by scores of 19-25, 25-18, 25-14, and 26-24.
Senior libero Brooke Zywick broke the Marist record for career digs with the Red Foxes’s win over Rider University last Saturday, October 18. She now has 1,601 digs, beating Emily Brosky’s record set in 2011.