Baruch wins three straights, remains perfect in conference


Denis Gostev | Baruch Athletics

Edgar Llivisupa, Sports Editor

After a quiet week due to postponed games, the Baruch College Bearcats extended their winning streak with five games after sweeping a doubleheader against the Lehman College Lightning.

Baruch remains atop the CUNY Athletic Conference as the only undefeated team in conference play.

The Bearcats dominated the opening game against Lehman, scoring in all but one inning to win the seven-inning game, 12-1.

Robert Wakely scored in the first after Lehman’s left fielder committed an error after Brian Hwang singled to left field. Hwang advanced to third on the next at bat before Nicholas Umile singled to left field, allowing Hwang to score.

Steven Patterson led the team with two RBIs and went 2 for 4 at the plate.

Matthew Lawlor earned his second win, pitching seven innings after allowing six hits but striking out six. The Bearcats infield defense turned three double plays to prevent Lehman from scoring.

Lehman’s only run in the game came in the fifth. Tran Hennessy tripled to lead off and scored after Kevin Arias doubled to left field.

The second game was close until the fourth, when Frank Iadevaia drove the go-ahead run after he singled to score Patterson. Baruch tacked on four insurance runs in the six and held off a late Lehman rally in the seventh to win 8-5.

Nathaniel Demchak allowed Lehman to score first after hitting a batter with a pitch. Baruch committed two errors to fill the bases with one out. Another error by the first baseman allowed two more runners to score.

Demchak earned his second win, pitching seven innings and allowing three hits and five runs. He walked six and struck out seven.

The Bearcats returned from their hiatus with a game at SUNY College at Old Westbury (6-16) with their best offensive performance of the season, recording 13 hits and 14 runs in a winning effort, 14-5.

Old Westbury Panthers opened the scoring in the first after their leadoff hitter walked and later scored on an RBI single.

Baruch responded with a huge second inning where they batted around. Joseph Cocozza drove in the first Bearcat run after hitting a triple to score Hwang, who reached base on a hit by pitch to start the second. Lucius Paradiso drove in two more runs after he singled to right field.

Hwang ended the night batting 4 for 5 with a double and an RBI.

Cocozza batted 3 for 5 with three RBI, including an RBI triple in the Bearcat’s huge second inning.

Thomas Drouin walked five times in the game.

David Sierra Perez earned the win after pitching six innings in relief, allowing four hits and two runs. He struck out and walked two.

Baruch’s matches against Farmingdale State College Rams, John Jay College Bloodhounds and College of Mount Saint Vincent Dolphins were postponed.

The game at Farmingdale State College on April 7 is rescheduled for April 28.

Baruch’s next matches are doubleheaders, including a rescheduled matchup against John Jay College (4-18, 2-2 CUNYAC) on April 12. The team will then play against the City College of New York Beavers (3-14, 1-5 CUNYAC) for the second time this season on April 15.

In their prior matchup, the Bearcats swept the Beavers in a seven-inning doubleheader.

The Bearcats will then play the United States Merchant Marine Academy on April 19, St. Joseph’s College-Brooklyn on April 21 and another doubleheader against John Jay College on April 23.