St. John Fisher tops No. 1 Marietta
Cardinals snap Pioneers five-game winning streak
MARIETTA, Ohio -- St. John Fisher came through with the biggest win in the program's 25-year history, as the Cardinals posted a 5-2 win agianst Marietta on Thursday in the semifinals of the NCAA Mideast Regional.
With the win, Fisher improves to 31-10, tying a program-record for wins in a season.
Marietta (38-7) is not only the regional's No. 1 team, but is currently ranked No. 1 in both national polls. The Pioneers are also the defending national champions.
Senior pitcher Jason Beaumont was masterful in the complete–game win. The right-hander scattered eight hits over nine innings, while striking out three and allowing just one walk, raising his record to 7-4 on the year.
“I had my change-up working well today,” said Beaumont.
“I struggled with it at times during the year, but I worked on it before the game and had it going even better during the game.”
Fisher got on the board early. Two-time Empire 8 Conference Player of the Year Steve Karnyski worked a walk and advanced to third after a failed pick off at first and passed ball. He eventually scored on a bunt-single by Peter Krysztof. After a single by Sean Osterman, Ben Bostick loaded the bases after getting hit by pitch. Krysztof then scored on a sacrifice play by Ben Ward.
Marietta scored one run on two hits in the bottom of the first inning to make it 2-1 and it remained that way until Fisher added two more runs in the seventh. Chris Roeder singled to start the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Karnyski. After failing to get two bunts down, Krysztof came through with a bunt-single on an 0-2 count to put runners on the corner. Osterman then drove in two runs with a double into the gap in left-center.
Fisher added another run in the top of the eighth as Ryan Shaughnessy scored from second on a two-out single to center from Krysztof.
Marietta strung together two singles to start the ninth, but Beaumont worked out of the jam, inducing two ground outs and pop up to earn the win.
Krystzof and Osterman each finished with three hits and two RBI in the win. Krysztof also scored two runs. Matt Klock and Roeder both went 2-for-4 in the win.