Baruch topples CCNY 11-1
It has been an up-and-down season for Baruch College’s baseball team. Their batters would light up the scoreboard one game but struggle to cross home plate the next. Likewise, their pitchers would throw quality starts one outing just to see their ERA inflate next time on the mound. The month of April saw this trend continue as the Bearcats split a doubleheader versus John Jay College, 5-4 and 0-9, followed by a 1-16 defeat to Farmingdale State College. Facing CUNYAC rivals CCNY in New Rochelle on April 9 and 17, Baruch hoped to build momentum as the conference tournament quickly approaches.
Inclement weather could not cool off the Bearcats in a 9-5 victory. Jasdeep Buttar got the ball rolling with a double to center field in the third inning, driving in Michael McGroarty from first base. Lead-off hitter Luca Altamirano singled to right field next inning for a 2-0 advantage.
Bearcats starting pitcher Matthew Fazio lost command of his pitches in the bottom half of the inning as two singles, three walked batters and one hit-by-pitch gave the Beavers a 3-2 lead. The sophomore buckled down and fired darts to whiff the next two batters to minimize the damage. Baruch took control of the back-and-forth affair with a five-run sixth inning. RBI doubles from Buttar and Dan Daley and singles from Matthew Ballone and Donovan Hunt combined to seal the win. Fazio tallied nine strikeouts with five walks, hits and earned runs in five innings. Left-hander Cameron Kitt dominated the Beavers in two innings of relief, sitting six batters down with strikeouts. With their eighth win of the season in the books, Baruch had to wait more than a week to get their ninth, thanks to a postponed game against Rutgers University.
They faced a familiar foe in City College and the results were just as familiar. This time, the Bearcats opened the floodgates in the third inning. Edwin Saint-Hilaire smacked an opposite-field double followed by an RBI single by freshman Raymond Maurer. They kept the lineup moving with productive outs and some help from the Beavers defense. Elmy Antonio booted the ball twice in the fourth inning, as Baruch put the onus on City College to make plays. Altamirano capped an 11-1 blowout with a RBI in the eighth to bring his statline to four hits in six at-bats with three runs scored in the game. Cameron Kitt painted the strike zone, limiting the Beavers to one run on four hits, four walks and five strikeouts in seven innings. Bogdan Leyton and Ryan Smith threw scoreless innings to close out the team’s second win in as many games.
Baruch is second in the conference with five games scheduled over spring break. The Bearcats finished second in the past three conference tournaments, but they have the talent and fortitude to recapture the title they won in 2012.