Baseball sweeps City for first win of the season


Denis Gostev | Baruch Athletics

Edgar Llivisupa, Sports Editor

After losing all their non-conference games at the start of the season, the Baruch College baseball team won its first games after sweeping a seven-inning doubleheader against the City College Beavers.

In the opener, the Baruch Bearcats scored late against the City College Beavers (2-10, 0-2 CUNYAC) to win their first game, 1-6.

Matthew Lawlor pitched a gem. He went the distance, allowing five hits, one run and striking out five.

City started the game strong, hitting two doubles in the first to score the first run of the day.

Baruch responded in the second, after Natanael Castillo reached base on an error, allowing Brian Hwang to score.

The team added another run in the fourth when Thomas Drouin grounded out to second, scoring Lucius Paradiso.

The Beavers had the bases loaded with two outs in the fourth and fifth to add to their score. However, they didn’t capitalize after the batters flew out and popped up to end the inning.

Instead, Baruch batted around in the sixth, scoring four runs, to win the game.

The Bearcats pulled ahead early in the second game to win, 52.

In almost an encore of the first game, City’s offense started strong in the first inning, hitting three singles to put them on the board with a run. Baruch tied it in the second after Joseph Cocozza singled to right field to score Nicholas Umile, who walked to lead off.

The Bearcats scored two more runs in the following inning after Robert Wakely singled to score Castillo. Wakely was driven in after Luke Lombardi hit an RBI single.

Nathaniel Demchak pitched Baruch’s second complete game of the day, pitching seven innings and allowing six-hit, two runs and struck out 11.

Earlier in the week, the Bearcats were trounced by the New Jersey City University Knights (5-6), losing 220. The opposing team scored in all but three innings.

The losing team was in the deficit early in the game as the Knights batted around in the first. Pitcher Robert Fischer only lasted a frame, giving up four hits and eight runs.

Baruch’s sole pair of runs came in the sixth. Paradiso got on base following a fielding error by the shortstop and was driven in by a Pedro Tejada double. After two straight outs, Umile was hit by a pitch to extend the inning. In the next at-bat, Cocozza hit an RBI single.

New Jersey City’s Julian Fernandez scored his first win in his first collegiate start, pitching six innings, allowing five hits and two runs. He struck out eight and allowed a walk.

The team’s next match at Mount Saint Mary College was postponed.

Against Montclair State University (15-5), Baruch faced Patrick Cuccurullo, who pitched five scoreless innings, fanning nine batters and walking only one to secure his third win of the season as the Bearcats fell, 421.

Baruch pitcher David Sierra Perez gave up 15 hits and 14 runs in 4 2/3 innings.

The Bearcats were no-hit until the sixth, but broke through when Matt Pontari entered the game in relief, securing back-to-back hits. Drouin tripled to center field and was scored by a Tejada single.

Pontari surrendered a pair of runs after loading the bases in the next inning. Although he could have secured the next two outs, allowing a run, Drouin hit an RBI single to score Cocozza.

Facing closer Nick Desiderio in the ninth, Drouin had his second RBI of the night after he singled to the catcher.

Following the week, Lawlor was selected the CUNY Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week and Demchak the Rookie of the Week.

Baseball will play a game against Farmingdale State College before continuing their conference schedule against John Jay College in a doubleheader. Then, the Bearcats will play at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in a makeup game.