The Bearcat Beat: Men's tennis wins the CUNYAC title again while baseball and softball teams fall short

The Baruch College men’s tennis team finished its regular season with a record of 9-4 and a 6-0 record within the City University of New York Athletic Conference.

Baruch dominated during its regular season and its success continued in the CUNYAC Tournament.

After earning a first round bye because of their seeding, the team swept the Brooklyn College Bulldogs in a 6-0 win on April 29. The win placed them in the finals against the Hunter College Hawks.

The rivals faced off on May 3 in the 2018 CUNYAC/Hospital for Special Surgery Men’s Tennis Championship at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, Queens. This was the fifth consecutive time that the Lexington Avenue colleges have faced each other in the final.

Baruch won two of the three doubles matches, giving them an early 2-1 lead before singles.

Graduate student Jaime Zurro and senior Marco Gobbato gave Baruch their first doubles victory with an 8-5 win over Hunter’s Florimond Le Goupil-Maier and Nasser Ghaffar. Their second doubles victory came by the way of an 8-4 victory by junior Leonard Margolis and freshman Clement Lacoudre.

In their singles matches, Baruch dominated, winning three of their six competitions, with two of them unfinished. Zurro won in straight sets, 6-3 and 6-1, along with junior Lewis Pena, 6-2 and 7-6. At that time, Baruch was one win away from winning the tournament.

The tournament’s MVP, Gobbato, gave Baruch this victory with a 6-2, 7-5 straight-set win. With this, Baruch won its second straight CUNYAC Championship and earned a bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament. Baruch will be playing Nichols College on May 11 at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

After finishing its season with a record of 10-16, the Baruch College women’s softball team was given the fourth seed in the CUNYAC Tournament.

The first game was against the No. 1 seeded College of Staten Island — a game the Bearcats lost with a score of 8-0.

Because of the loss, and the tournament being double elimination, the Bearcats played against Lehman College later that day. This game did not go much better for the team as it lost 8-1, eliminating them from the tournament.

These losses ended the season for the Bearcats, but the team hopes for more success at next year’s championship.

Senior outfielder Nicole Bellini and junior pitcher Cassandra Lagana were named All-Stars and junior Kaitlyn Vichas was named to the All-Sportsmanship Team. The team’s season ended with its record standing at 11-19-1, which gave them the fifth seed for the CUNYAC Tournament.

Since it was the fifth seed, they would have to play a one-game elimination game against the fourth seeded City College of New York in order to make it into the double elimination tournament.

Baruch dominated quickly in this game, going up 6-0 before CCNY could even swing the bat. Baruch won 19-7, putting up 18 hits. Junior Michael McGroarty went 4-5 with two RBIs and extended his hitting streak to 14 games. Senior Edwin St. Hilaire went 2-4 with five RBIs in the big win.

This victory placed them in a game against the top seeded College of Staten Island later that night. The Baruch team was not able to string the hits needed to get the win. CSI came out on top with an 11-2 score, putting Baruch in a game against Finlandia University. St. Hilaire was the bright spot in the game, as he went 3-4 with three doubles and an RBI in the game.

In their game against the Finlandia Lions, the Bearcat bats were quiet once again. After a scoreless game for the first three innings, the Lions put up two runs in the fourth inning and four in the fifth.

Baruch did not score until the eighth inning, when Saint-Hilaire roped a three-run double in his final career at-bat for Baruch. Baruch lost the game 8-3, eliminating it from the playoffs and ending its season.

Although the season ended earlier than hoped, Baruch still finished with award winners and all-stars. Freshman Liam O’Gara won rookie of the year, while batting .318 and winning rookie of the week four times this year.

Juniors McGroarty, JP Ramirez and sophomore Paul Sirakowski were named CUNYAC All-Stars and freshman Jacob Auerbach was named to the All-Sportsmanship Team.