Baseball ends regular season with sweep against Lehman


Denis Gostev | Baruch Athletics

Dani Heba, Sports Editor

The Baruch College baseball team ended its regular season with a sweep against Lehman College on April 30 following a blowout loss against Ramapo College on April 26.

The team started its week against the Ramapo Roadrunners in Mahwah, New Jersey, with a brutal 23-2 loss.

The Roadrunners jumped to a 14-0 lead by the bottom of the second inning.

Baruch’s Joseph Cocozza and Michael Paray scored the team’s only two runs. Pedro Tejada had the team’s only RBI.

Starter Robert Fischer pitched one and 2/3 innings in the loss, allowing seven hits and nine runs, the most he’s allowed this season.

The team bounced back on April 30 when it swept a doubleheader against the Lehman College Lightning in the Bronx during the team’s final CUNY Athletic Conference matchup before the postseason.

The first game of the doubleheader saw the Bearcats pummel the Lightning, winning 16-0.

Baruch had a three-run lead after the bottom of the first tacked on two more runs in the fourth.

The team ran away with the game in the fifth and sixth innings, scoring seven and four runs in each, respectively.

Several Bearcats scored multiple runs. Tejada and Cocozza scored three apiece, while Thomas Drouin, Robert Wakely, Luke Lombardi and Steven Patterson scored two apiece. Frank Iadevaia and Lucius Paradiso scored one each.

Additionally, Drouin and Patterson led the team in RBIs, with five apiece.

Nathaniel Demchak pitched six innings, allowing zero runs and only four hits, while striking out 10.

Nicholas Rowe pitched one inning and allowed only one hit, while pitching two strikeouts.

The second game of the back-to-back was much closer, with the Bearcats edging out a 9-7 win.

The Bearcats looked in position to close out the game  with a 8-2 lead entering the bottom of the fifth. However, the Lightning rebounded and scored five runs to cut Baruch’s lead..

However, reliever Luka Lombardi entered the game and pitched a scoreless two and 1/3 innings to secure the win.

Castillo led the team in runs with three, and Drouin followed up with two of his own. Cocozza, Wakely, Iadevaia and Nicholas Umile had one run apiece.

Patterson and Tejada led the team in RBIs, with three apiece.

David Sierra Perez pitched four and 2/3  innings, allowing eight hits and seven runs, while pitching eight strikeouts.

Following the sweep of Lehman College, the Bearcats advanced to 11-1 in the CUNYAC. City College is second, with a 5-7 record in the CUNYAC.

The No. 1 Bearcats will face the  No. 4 Lightning on May 3 in New Rochelle for the first round of the CUNYAC tournament. The matchup’s winner will advance to the CUNYAC championship game to play the winner of  John Jay vs City College.

The final will be a three-game series at Maimonides Park in Coney Island, featuring a doubleheader on May 6 and a third game, if necessary, on May 7.