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Softball team starts off hot while baseball team stumbles out of gate

The Baruch College Softball team has raced out to a hot start this season. They have been on a roll recently with their record now at 8-6.

After beginning the year with a 0-4 record the team has turned its season completely around, winning eight of their last 10 games. Four of those wins came in two doubleheaders against CUNY Athletic Conference foes, York College and Brooklyn College.

The Baruch team was without a coach only a few days before the season began, until they found Victoria Tiso, who was previously the assistant coach at Westchester Community College. Coach Tiso was quickly accepted by the girls and has instilled a winning mentality for the team moving forward.

Their lineup is led by senior outfielder/catcher Nicole Bellini. She is batting an outstanding .500, with seven doubles and 11 RBI. There are seven other players currently hitting above .300 and this hot hitting lineup has carried the team. When they win, they win big. They have scored 20 or more runs twice and have scored over 10 runs six times. They are crushing softballs all over the park.

They will hope to keep up the high level of play as they head into three big doubleheaders against tough CUNYAC opponents. And with only 12 games remaining until the playoffs, they are hopeful this coming stretch of games will keep the momentum rolling into the playoffs and all the way to the championship.

The start to the 2018 season unfolded quite differently for the Baruch College Baseball team. They started the season with a dreadful 3-13-1 record, but have possibly turned the metaphorical corner. Winners of their past three games, the Bearcats have brought their record up to 6-13-1. These three wins came against CUNYAC rivals, University of Maine at Presque Isle and City College of New York.

In their doubleheader against Maine, it was all Baruch. In the first game, sophomore pitcher Paul Sirakowski showed his dominance by striking out eight of the first nine hitters. After a groundball hit Sirakowski in the ankle, he was relieved by freshman Matthew Lawlor, who then threw two scoreless innings to secure the 8-4 win for the Bearcats. The offense was led by senior outfielder Edwin St. Hilaire who had three hits and three RBI. Maine’s bats were led by their centerfielder Bradley Patterson who went 2-3 with three RBI.

In the second game, the bats for Baruch continued to stay red hot. In the third inning Baruch plated eight runs, which included a massive three-run homerun by junior third baseman and catcher Gerardo Roque. After this inning Baruch never looked back, winning the game 15-5.

In the third game against CCNY, Baruch came out of the gates firing, plating a two-run first inning and then scoring two more in the third. After a two-run triple in the fifth and a two-run homerun in the seventh for CCNY, the score was tied 4-4. Baruch would quickly answer when third baseman Angel Acevedo walked, who was then pinch ran for by freshman Nicholas Valeriano. The next batter, shortstop Davic Capellan, smacked a triple into the gap, scoring the runner and putting Baruch up 5-4. After scoring four more times in the inning the score was 9-4. Sirakowski then came in for the final three innings of the game and shut the door for the Bearcats, solidifying their 9-5 win.

Baruch hopes that this three-game win streak can continue to grow as they look to take on the College of Mount Saint Vincent and CUNYAC opponent Lehman College.

April 16, 2018

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