Softball ends week on losing steak


Denis Gostev | Baruch Athletics

Edgar Llivisupa, Sports Editor

After starting the season undefeated in non-conference play, the Baruch College Bearcats softball team went winless in their last pair of doubleheaders.

Their record is now 6-4.

In the opener at St. Joseph’s-Brooklyn (5-1), Baruch never led in the tight contest, losing 24.

Although St. Joseph’s-Brooklyn scored first in the second, the Bearcats hit back-to-back doubles in response to tie the game, scoring off Julia Cuttone’s RBI double.

Looking to keep the game tied, Baruch pitcher Caroline Gallagher recorded two straight outs to start the bottom of the third. However, Arianna Heinsch singled and then stole second. Down two strikes, Ashleigh Hartwig singled to left-center, driving in Heinsche and giving St. Joseph’s Brooklyn the lead.

The team later added a pair of runs to their lead in the fifth.

Baruch responded by scoring a run with a Campanelli RBI groundout.

Gallagher finished the game with 6 innings pitched, allowing 10 hits, four runs and striking out one.

In the second match, Baruch surrendered 13 runs in the first two innings in a 314, five-inning, rout. They also committed seven errors in the game.

Baruch pitcher Carly Quint (3-2) ended the day with 1 1/3 innings pitched, giving up seven hits, nine runs and three walks.

The Bearcat’s first run came in the fourth after an Emilia Zakoscielny RBI single. She later scored in the inning after a throwing error.

Bridget Campanelli  added another run for Baruch with an RBI double in the fifth.

In another doubleheader against New Jersey City University (3-9), Baruch lost both games by the same score, 1-3.

The first game was a pitchers’ duel, with pitcher Quint allowing only three hits in the first five innings. The Bearcats were no-hit until the seventh.

New Jersey City finally broke the stalemate in the sixth. After several hits and an error, the bases were loaded with one out. Consecutive hits drove in two runs, and a single to the pitcher with two outs gave the team a three-run lead to start the final inning.

Although Sidnie Dabbadie was cruising, Cuttone doubled in the seventh and scored on a Campanell RBI single to cut the lead to two. However, Jordyn Schwartz popped up to record the final out of the opener.

Pitcher Sidnie Dabbadie pitched a complete game and earned the win (2-1), allowing two hits, one run, no walks while striking out 12.

Baruch scored first in the later game on a Campanell RBI double.

The opposing team hit well off Cuttone, pitching in the game, but only managed to score in the third off an RBI double.

In the sixth, with two outs and a runner at third, Cuttone looked to escape trouble again but gave up an RBI single to Sam Miller. With Gallagher pitching in relief, New Jersey City added another pair of runs to end the inning.

Miller returned to the mound to close the game, ending the night with the win (1-4), pitching 4 innings while allowing two runs, no runs and having two strikeouts.

The Bearcats were voted by coaches to finish third in the CUNY Athletic Conference Softball Preseason Poll, receiving 25 points and a first-place vote. Hunter College received the most points with 34 points and 5 first-place votes while John Jay finished second with 27 first points.

The team will play doubleheaders at Rutgers-Newark on March 22 and against Purchase College on March 26.