Nighthawks, Bearcats Split Doubleheader in Florida

Photo Credit: Dylan Foran
Photo Credit: Dylan Foran

GAME ONE: Newbury 11 - Baruch 7

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Nighthawks offense supplied runs in five of their seven innings, pulling away from the Baruch Bearcats in an 11-7 victory in game one of the afternoon from the Player Development Park on Monday.

Nighthawks senior Matthew Peluso (Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada) finished 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and four RBIs. Sophomore Nick Dorazio (Oxford, Conn.) batted 3-for-3, scoring three times. Junior David Center (Medford, Mass.) finished 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs.

Bearcats freshman Liam O'Gara (Mineola, N.Y.) finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Junior Michael McGroarty (Bohemia, N.Y.) batted 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. The Bearcats managed a season-high 13 hits.

The Nighthawks offense was rolling early, loading the bases with one out in the opening inning. Peluso doubled, clearing the bases to give the Nighthawks a 3-0 lead. 

The Bearcats pulled to within one in the bottom of the third on an O'Gara single that plated two and cut the deficit to 4-3.

The Nighthawks pulled away in momentarily in the top half of the fourth with a series of doubles by Dorazio, Center, and Peluso, as well as a triple from senior Matthew Sobray (Santa Clarita, Calif.) to lead 8-3. 

Baruch answered in the bottom of the inning to trail by two with an RBI single from freshman Davic Capellan (Bronx, N.Y.), followed by a two-run single from McGroarty. 

Each scored a run in the sixth to give the Nighthawks a 9-7 lead. Newbury was able to add extra insurance in the seventh on a two-run single from freshman Brandon Affonso (Swansea, Mass.) to take an 11-7 lead.

Nighthawks senior Jim McGrorry (Oakhurst, N.J.) pitched a complete game, allowing seven runs, all earned on 13 hits. The win moves McGrorry to 3-0.

Bearcats sophomore Angel Acevedo (Valley Stream, N.Y.) takes the loss, following his outing of 3.1 innings, allowing eight runs, seven earned on 10 hits. Acevedo falls to 0-1 on the season.

GAME TWO: Baruch 21 - Newbury 20

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Nighthawks freshman Brian Cipolla (Cranston, R.I.) batted 4-for-6 with a new program record eight RBIs as the Nighthawks and Bearcats exploded to combine for 41 runs with the Bearcats coming away with the 21-20 win over the Nighthawks, splitting the doubleheader from Player Development Complex.

Bearcats senior Edwin St. Hilaire (Santiago Rodriguez, DR) batted 5-for-6 with seven RBIs while junior Geraldo Roque (Corona, N.Y.) finished 2-for-4 with six RBIs.

Cipolla's eight RBIs break a nine-year record held by Bill Maddock, who recorded seven RBIs in April 2009 vs. Lesley. Senior Matthew Sobray (Santa Clarita, Calif.) finished 3-for-6 with a pair of doubles and a triple. Junior David Center (Medford, Mass.) had a four-hit game, batting 4-for-5 with a pair of triples, making him the sixth player in program history to finish a game with two triples. 

With the score 19-17 entering the top of the seventh, an RBI single by freshman Conor McCabe (Pearl River, N.Y.) cut the deficit to 19-18. Another single would give the Bearcats two in scoring position with two out. Roque singled to tie the game at 19-19 and St. Hilaire stepped in with the eventual game-winning single, scoring a pair to lead 21-19. 

In the bottom of the seventh, an RBI single by freshman Javi Martinez (Saugus, Mass.) cut the Nighthawks deficit to 21-20. Newbury then loaded the bases with two outs, but a flyout to left ended the game in favor of Baruch 21-20. 

The Bearcats scored in every inning on their way to the 21 runs. 

The Nighthawks led 15-8 after four innings but a five-run fifth and four-run sixth brought the Bearcats all the way back to lead 17-15.

Nighthawks junior Mark Travers (Norwood, Mass.) took credit for the loss, falling to 0-1. Baruch's Dainiel Malik (Floral Park, N.Y.) gets the win to move to 1-0.

The split of the doubleheader moves the Nighthawks to 5-5. Newbury has Tuesday off and return to play in Florida on Wednesday against Alfred State at 12:00 p.m.