Baruch baseball and softball teams begin end of season playoff pushes

The past few weeks have been incredibly productive for the Baruch College baseball team.

Entering a doubleheader against CUNY Athletic Conference opponent University of Maine at Presque Isle, the Bearcats were at an abysmal 3-13-1, looking for anything to take them out of their losing funk. This specific weekend started a good hot streak for the team.

The Bearcats went on to win five games in a row, as they looked forward to a difficult matchup with their conference rival, the College of Staten Island.

During this win streak, the Bearcats outscored opponents 54-19, capped off with a 17-4 blowout of Lehman College.

In each game, the hitters had 10 or more hits and hit an outstanding .399 against opposing pitchers.

The lineup was led by freshman Liam O’Gara, junior Michael McGroarty and senior Donovan Hunt, who has turned his season around after becoming the team’s lead-off hitter.

Baruch's pitchers are also holding their own against opponents. One such pitcher is sophomore Paul Sirakowski, who won two of the five games Baruch won.

The team also received quality starts from juniors Ryan Warner, Bryan Flannery and sophomore Matteo Flamio. Freshman Matthew Lawlor recorded his first career save.

The playoffs begin on May 3, and the team hopes it can make a run toward the CUNYAC Championship. Its record at this point is 9-17-1.

The Baruch College softball team is only four games and two weeks away from the start of its playoffs and is currently sitting at fourth in its conference, with a CUNYAC record of 6-4. It sits at a current record of 10-12.

Senior Nicole Bellini is continuing to rake this year with her average at .464.

Junior Cassandra Lagana is producing an almost equal .419 batting average with the same number of RBIs — 13.

The Bearcats have lost their previous four games but are looking toward their doubleheader against CUNYAC opponent Hunter College.

Their current five-game losing streak is the longest of the season and they hope that they can turn things around and kick off a winning streak to ride into the playoffs.