Softball remains undefeated after two late rallies


Carrie Thomas | Baruch Athletics

Edgar Llivisupa, Sports Editor

After three years since their last season, the Baruch College softball team is 6-0 after sweeping their doubleheader against SUNY Old Westbury.

Tied in the first game and trailing in the second, Baruch’s bats led the comeback to win both games 14-7 and 12-8.

The Bearcats’ offense started strong in the opener after pitcher Julia Cuttone’s RBI double down the infield line scored the first of five Baruch runs in the first inning.

Although Cuttone kept Old Westbury scoreless during the first two innings, the opposing team responded in the bottom of the third and scored five runs on five hits to tie the game.

In the fourth inning, Baruch had an opportunity to retake the lead with runners on first and second with one out, but the game remained tied after Danielle Petrunti popped up and Jessica Davis lined out.

The opposing team broke the stalemate after Joanna Metz scored off Carly Quint, having reached first base on a bunt and advancing to third on wild pitches.

Cuttone tied the game again for Baruch in the top of the sixth after Petruni grounded out to third base.

Old Westbury changed to their third pitcher of the game, Natalie Intrieri, who allowed the next four batters to reach base on singles and walks. Carolina Gallagher got a bases-loaded walk to give Baruch the lead again.

After striking out Cuttone and Quint, it seemed that Intrieri was settled in and able to limit the damage, but the next three batters would also reach base on a walk, a wild pitch and a single.

After a pitching change to Jaylynn Cruceta, Baruch would add three more runs to its lead on two singles and a throwing error by the shortstop.

Quint would get three straight outs to close the first game and earn the win.

In the second match, Baruch would score first again following a sacrifice fly in the top of the second. Old Westbury responded in the bottom of the third by scoring three runs off Gallagher.

After both teams scored three runs in the following three innings, Bearcats entered the top of the ninth down 6-3. Old Wesbury pitcher Gianna DiLillo allowed only three runs on seven hits in six innings and seemed poised to earn a complete game win.

The top inning was a meltdown as Baruch batted back and scored nine runs on eight hits.

Baruch’s first three batters reached base to start the inning, with Emilia Zakoscielny hitting a sacrifice fly to cut the lead to two. The next three batters also reached base, with Amber Rivera on the tying run and Cuttone on the go-ahead run.

DiLillo was pulled from the game after three more batters scored, ending the day with 13 hits, 11 runs, five earned runs and a walk.

Old Westbury added a pair of runs in the button inning, but Quint again secured the win after getting two pivotal outs with batters on second and third.

The season opened against University of Valley Forge where Baruch won both games, 12-2 and 11-2. They scored in all but one inning.

Baruch struck first on a Davis 2 RBI triple. Cuttone and Quint limited the home team to a single hit.

Davis again opened the scoring in the second game with 2 RBI double. Quint and Gallagher allowed only three walks and five hits.

Baruch then played a five-inning doubleheader against Yeshiva University resulting in a lop-sided 26-0 and 24-1 wins.

Gallagher and Quint combined for a no hitter in the first game with 11 strikeouts. Petruni’s 6 RBIs and 5 RBIs were the highest in each game.

The Bearcats continue their non-conference schedule with doubleheaders at New Jersey City University on March 19, at St. Joseph’s College-Brooklyn on March 20 and at Rutgers-Newark on March 22.