Baruch’s softball losing streak continues


Denis Gostev | Baruch Athletics

Edgar Llivisupa, Sports Editor

After starting the season with six-straight wins, the Baruch College softball team is now .500 after being swept by Rutgers-Newark (4-5) in a doubleheader.

Baruch was a no-hit and went scoreless in both matches.

Rutgers-Newark scored four runs in the second inning of the opening game on Baruch pitcher Julia Cuttone. The Bearcats could not mount an offensive comeback and lost, 08.

Baruch’s Megan Bell was their only baserunner of the game after walking in the first.

Cuttone gave up a hit to the first batter she faced, Mia Lopez, who advanced to second after a sacrifice bunt. She scored after Megan Tomaselli doubled to right center.

In the next inning, Lopez walked to load the bases with two outs and on the next at-bat, Brianna Hernandez doubled to drive in a pair. Then, two more runners scored after an error by Baruch’s center fielder.

Although Cuttone pitched a scoreless third, Caroline Gallagher entered the game in relief in the fourth and allowed the opponent to add three more runs to their lead.

Riley Scuralli scored the final run after an error by Baruch’s left fielder.

Cuttone finished the game with the loss, pitching three innings while allowing six hits, five runs. She walked two runners.

In her win, Lara struck out 12 over five innings, including fanning seven straight batters.

In the second match, Baruch pitcher Carly Quint limited the opponent to only three runs in the first three innings before allowing three runs in the sixth in a losing effort, 08.

Opposing pitcher Michelle Capizzano dished out a gem, pitching six innings, allowing no hits or runs. She struck out eight and walked one batter.

Baruch’s Jordyn Schwartz was one of two Bearcats to reach base in the game after walking in the first. Rutgers-Newark scored later that inning when Lara homered to center field.

The team padded their lead in the second after a Scuralli RBI double scored Alexis Claiborne, who walked to lead off the inning and advanced to scoring position on a wild pitch.

Quint allowed at least a hit in every inning but managed to escape with little damage up to the sixth inning.

The freshman walked Claiborne to start the inning and then gave up an RBI triple to Scuralli. After Alex Di Martino walked and stole second, Quint struck out back-to-back batters. The next batter was intentionally walked to set up a force out but the next three batters singled to end the game, driving in four runs.

Quint earned the loss after pitching 5.2 innings, allowing 11 hits, eight runs and walking four. She struck out seven, tied for her season’s best.

Lara finished the game 3-3, with 2 RBI and a walk.

Baruch’s following doubleheader against Purchase College on March 26 was postponed.

The team will play a game against Sarah Lawrence College (0-4) before starting their conference schedule with a pair of doubleheaders at Brooklyn College (0-4) and hosting Lehman College (2-2).