Baseball starts first season in two years winless


Denis Gostev | Baruch Athletics

Edgar Llivisupa, Sports Editor

After several postponed games delayed their start of the season, the Baruch College baseball team finally played several non-conference opponents, still seeking their first win.

In a seven-inning doubleheader at Maritime College, (8-3), the Bearcats were swept and now have four losses to start the season.

Baruch fell in a heartbreaking 12 loss in the opening match.

The game was a pitcher’s duel, with neither team recording a hit until Baruch’s Robert Wakely led off the fourth inning with a double. He scored on the next at bat after a throwing error by the pitcher.

Maritime recorded their first hit of the game in the fifth and carried that momentum to the sixth. Adam Mosca started the inning with a walk and advanced along the bases on the following at bats. With two out, Freddy Forgione hit the third  RBI single of the game, and tied the match for the home team.

The Bearcat’s started the seventh with the bottom half of their lineup coming to bat. After three straight outs, Baruch looked to pitcher Nicholas Rowe to keep the game tied into extra innings.

Rowe walked consecutive batters to start the bottom of the inning, with Ryan Rockhill scoring to win the game for Maritime.

Baruch pitcher Nathaniel Demchak threw 6.0 innings, allowing two hits, one run and three walks with eight strikeouts. He was named the CUNY Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week.

Winning pitcher Frank Santeramo (2-0) threw 7.0, allowing three hits, one run and no walks on seven strikeouts.

In the second match, Baruch was shut out and pummeled in a 0-13 contest. The Bearcats only hit was a single in the fifth.

Pitcher David Sierra Perez (0-1) pitched 2 2/3 innings, allowing eight hits, six runs and a walk.

In the season opener, Baruch lost to Purchase (1-7), 82, after opposing pitcher Alex Doskoez threw 7.0 innings, allowing five hits and two runs with seven strikeouts. He had zero walks.

The Bearcat’s were in position to score after Thomas Drouin hit a double in the top of the first for the team’s first hit of the season. Drouin advanced to third in the following at bat but the game remained scoreless. Jacob Auerbach stepped up to bat and reached first base on a fielder’s choice, with Drouin being the out at home.

Purchase baserunners were on after two consecutive singles off Baruch’s Robert Fischer to start the bottom of the first. Baruch turned a double play, leaving a runner on third that scored on an RBI single. Back to back walks loaded the bases for Jason Seastiano to hit a 3 RBI double to add to the lead.

Baruch scored their first runs of the season in the fifth after Drouin hit a 2 RBI triple, but Purchase responded with a pair of their own off Sierra Perez in the fifth and sixth to secure the win.

At Manhattanville College (5-2), Baruch fell 14, committing five errors.

With the bases loaded and no outs in the top of the first, Lucius Paradiso scored first on a double play for the Bearcats.

Manhattanville responded in the second, tying the game after a runner on third scored due to an error by the catcher. The team took the lead on a RBI double.

Baruch was voted by coaches to finish second in the CUNY Athletics Conference Preseason Poll behind City College. Baruch received 12 points and two first-place votes while City had 13 points and two first-place votes. Lehman College with nine votes and John Jay College with six votes rounded out the poll.

The team’s upcoming schedule includes away matches against non-conference opponents New Jersey City University, Mount Saint Mary College and Montclair State University. On March 27, the Bearcats will host their first game in two years against City College at Bronx Community College in a doubleheader.