The NYU baseball team came out on top against Bard College this weekend, winning an extra inning affair in the first game on Saturday and then the rubber match on Sunday. The two wins this weekend helped the Violets get that much closer to a .500 record.
NYU split the day in a doubleheader on Saturday In the first game, the Violets and Raptors traded runs early, but both struggled to score in the later innings. An error and wild pitch by the Raptors allowed leadoff hitter freshman Jonathan Iaione to get into scoring position for freshman Michael Vokulich’s game winning single. The game’s most notable performance came from sophomore outfielder Adrian Spitz who went 3-5 with a double, a stolen base and three runs scored.
Game two looked to be NYU’s to take when they led 6-4 by the bottom of the fifth. The Raptors responded in the top of the sixth, putting up three runs and holding onto a 7-6 lead for the victory. On the bright side, Spitz went 1-3 with another run and freshman middle infielder Jeremy Wayne was 1-1 with a double, two runs scored and two hit by pitches.
The Violets closed out the series on a high note the next day, winning 7-4 and putting up 14 hits. Vokulich pitched a good game, allowing just four runs over eight innings and getting the win. Despite the amount of hits, the Violets only started getting baserunners home later in the game, scoring two runs in the eighth and three in the ninth.
They will be back on the diamond against Maritime College on April 22 at home.
The men’s golf team also had a stellar weekend, finishing second out of nine teams at the Tim Brown Invitational in Saratoga Springs, New York.
The Violets 598 point total was only seven away from first place. The low scorer for the Violets was freshman Christopher Nolte, who shot 147 and finished the competition tied for third place. Freshmen Paul Park and Hartej Gill ended the two-day competition with 148 and 150 totals, which were good enough for seventh and 11th place respectively. Senior captain Matthew Gjonaj tied for 16th place after shooting 153.
The Violets will be back in action to finish the spring season with the Liberty League Championship on the weekend of April 25 to 26 at the Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsfield, New York.
The women’s golf team did very well at the Jack Leeman Invitational, placing fourth out of nine teams in Amherst, Massachusetts.
The Violets shot 330 as a team in a close competition in which Ithaca College came out on top by six strokes over the Violets. Freshman Lina Kim had a great weekend, tying for fifth place with a score of 79. Two other freshmen, Phoebe Zhao and Kristin Lee, finished in 10th and 14th place with scores of 82 and 83, respectively.
The women’s team will also finish their season on April 26 at the Liberty League Championship in Clifton Springs, New York.
A version of this article appeared in the Monday, April 20 print edition. Email Kyle Luther at [email protected]