Marist College Red Foxes

04/15/2014, 7:15pm EDT
By Marist Stats Information Department; Photos By Marist College

“This year, we are going to have to win with nine guys. Last year, we knew what we had earlier on; this year, we are going to use the early part of the year to learn about who we are and how we are going to play.” – Chris Tracz, Head Coach

Nick McQuail

Nick McQuail

The four Red Foxes who figure to see the most starts in 2014 are senior Jordan Eich, juniors Evan Davis and Rich Vrana, and freshman Scott Boches. Vrana, went 5-1 with a staff best 2.87 ERA last year. Eich appeared in 18 games in 2013, and held opponents to a .197 batting average. Right-hander Davis also made two starts last year, going 1-3 with 10 strikeouts and a save.

Junior Chris Napolitano, freshman Stephen Priolo, freshman Ryan Thomas, and senior Chris Thorsen are projected to provide most of the relief in the later innings.
Zach Passerelle should see most of the catching duties, but juniors Mark Brennan and Mark Swertfager will also see time. Passerelle started 48 games and had 31 RBIs last season. Brennan made 21 starts, and Swertfager had a .379 on-base percentage in 13 games.

Junior Steve Laurino starts at first base after batting .362 with 30 RBIs last season. Sophomore Matt Belitz and freshman Ben Moller will compete for the second base position. Junior Joey Aiola switches from second to shortstop after hitting .320 as a freshman, and senior Nick McQuail will play third base. McQuail started all 52 games last year, hitting .319 with an on-base percentage of .434.

Sophomore Matt Pagano, who was named to Second Team All-MAAC last season after batting .337 and leading the MAAC with five triples, will start in left field. Sophomore Graham McIntire and senior Jake Berry are projected to start in center field and right field, respectively. Senior Pat Welsh and freshman Jamari Moore are also expected to see time.

Player Spotlight

Jordan Eich was a 2013 MAAC All-Academic Team. He appeared in 18 games, including two starts and went 1-2 with a 2.88 ERA in 34.1 innings, just allowed just 21 hits and a .197 opponents’ batting average.
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