Poughkeepsie, NY - Matt Ford's two-out, two-run double in the eighth inning snapped a 7-7 tie and capped off a seven-run rally for the Pride in a 9-7, come-from-behind win over Marist at the McCann Baseball Field Tuesday afternoon.
Hofstra evens its record at 11-11 with its second straight win and sixth in the last eight games. Marist falls to 7-12 with the loss.
The Red Foxes scored four runs in the fourth inning to extend their lead to 7-2. Jake Berry had the big hit in the inning, a two-run triple, and went 3-for-3 in the contest.
The Pride scored three times in the sixth to pull within 7-5. Jared Hammer singled to open the inning and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Kenny Jackson doubled to put runners on second and third. T.J. Thomas singled in Hammer to make it 7-3. Jackson and Thomas then pulled off a double steal to make it a 7-4 game. After a ground out moved Thomas to third, Matt Reistetter reached on an error that allowed Thomas to score the third run of the inning.
Hofstra tied the game with two runs in the seventh as Danny Poma laced a one-out single and went to second on a balk. Ford then drove in his first run of the game with a single. One out later, Ford stole second and then scored on Jackson's single to right to tie the score at 7.
Austin Nyman got the game-winning rally started in the eighth with a one-out single and went to second on a bunt single by Taylor Stuart. Following a pop out from Poma, Ford took a 2-0 offering from losing pitcher Brandon Dolan (2-2) to right center to score both runners.
Ford finished 2-for-5 with three RBIs, while Stuart, Poma, Jackson and Nyman also had two hits each as the Pride recorded 13 hits on the afternoon. Hofstra, which leads the nation in stolen bases per game at 3.35 per contest, upped its average with eight today including two by Nyman.
Brett Schreiber (1-1) picked up the win for the Pride with
two innings of scoreless relief. Andrew Barbarino pitched the ninth to notch
his first save, escaping trouble thanks to his catcher Reistetter. He walked
his first batter, Mark Stuckey who was then picked off first by Reistetter.
Zach Shank reached on an infield single and Alec Petrone walked to put the
tying runs on base. But Barbarino struck out Eric Helmrich and Reistetter proceeded
to pick Shank off second for the final out.
Hofstra is back in action this weekend at Delaware State. The three-game set begins Friday in Dover, DE, at 3 p.m.