Baseball: Mike Enriquez, Brother Rice bring down rival Marist
By Pat Disabato email@example.com April 9, 2014 9:06PM
Updated: May 11, 2014 10:09AM
Brother Rice pitcher Mike Enriquez was in attendance when Marist beat the Crusaders in football and basketball earlier this season.
He wasn’t about to allow the RedHawks to claim bragging rights Wednesday on the baseball diamond.
Enriquez fired five innings of two-hit ball and Brian Musielak clubbed a two-run homer as Brother Rice downed host Marist 3-1.
Enriquez (2-1) walked two and struck out four before giving way to closer Kevin Biondic the final two innings. Biondic allowed one hit and struck out three to post his fourth save.
“We needed a win against Marist,” Enriquez said. “The rivalry is always there. Getting those losses in football and basketball, you have to pick up your classmates.”
Marist (5-7) used a two-out rally to jump out to a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Pat Meehan kept the inning alive with a single and came around to score on a double by junior catcher Eric Hansen.
The lead was short-lived, however. In the top of the fourth, Erich Lieser doubled off pitcher Kyle Barrett and Musielak, a left-handed hitter, followed with a homer that hugged the right field line for a 2-1 lead.
“It was a low and inside fastball,” Musielak said. “That was the pitch he got me on the first at-bat. I was looking for it and I got a good pitch to hit.”
A two-out error by Marist in the fifth allowed the Crusaders to tack on an insurance run and make it 3-1.
The RedHawks had a chance to cut into the deficit in their half of the fifth, putting two runners on with two outs. Hansen, though, grounded out sharply to end the inning.
Both teams managed just three hits apiece on the day.
“We’ve been struggling all year scoring runs,” Marist coach Tom Fabrizio said. “Us chasing two [runs] is like chasing 10. I thought we played well. We should be better and we will be better offensively.”
A bright spot for Marist was the pitching of Barrett and reliever Marty Meyer. Barrett allowed three hits, three walks and struck out two over five innings. Meyer retired all six batters he faced.
“We’ve pitched well and picked it up above average,” Fabrizio said. “That’s what will allow us to be in most games.”
The victory was Brother Rice’s 10th in 13 games. It’s debatable, though, if there’s been a sweeter one than Wednesday’s.
“It’s always nice beating Marist, especially after they beat us in football and basketball,” Musielak said. “It’s a neighborhood rivalry.”