Story written/posted by Anthony Perry, Rivier University Sports Information Director
(Fort Myers, Fla.) Freshman Corey Cochran (Salem, N.H.) was magnificent in game two this afternoon as the Rivier University Baseball team earned a non-conference double-header split against Baruch College down in Fort Myers, Florida. The Raiders are now 1-5 on the season while Baruch opens their season at 1-1.
Game One: Baruch College 8, Rivier University 2 (Final)
Rivier dropped the opening game of the twin-bill by an 8-2 final.
The Raiders managed just four hits off of Baruch starter Ryan Warner (1-0). Sophomore Frederick Kazalski (Dracut, Mass.) went 1-for-3 with a RBI and senior Jorge Martinez (Methuen, Mass.) added a sacrifice fly in the loss.
Sophomore Ryan Schaefer (Everett, Mass.) tossed 4.2 innings of work allowing seven runs, two unearned, on seven hits while striking out two. Freshman Brandon Kelly (Lincoln, R.I.) and sophomore Cameron Way (El Cajon, Calif.) combined to finish the game giving up just one unearned run.
The Baruch offense was paced by Gerardo Roque who went 2-for-2 with 3 RBI and Conor McCabe's 2-for-3, 3 RBI night. That would be enough for Warner who spun a complete game effort allowing the two runs on four hits and striking out four.
Game Two: Rivier University 7, Baruch College 0 (Final)
A four-run sixth propelled the Raiders to their first victory of the season as the offense backed the pitching of Cochran. The freshman right-hander made his collegiate debut on the mound and did not disappoint. He spun a complete-game, two-hit shutout striking out three and issuing five walks.
Rivier struck first in the home half of the third on a two-out RBI single by freshman Giovanni Covino (Methuen, Mass.). The Raiders tacked on another run in the fifth when Kazalski singled home freshman AJ Mele (Nashua, N.H.) before exploding for four runs in the final offensive frame.
Kazalski finished the game going 3-for-4 and Martinez chipped in with a 1-for-3 night with a double and a RBI. .
Baruch starter Robert Raman gave up all seven runs (four earned) on five hits in suffering his first loss of the year.
The Raiders will close out the 2019 spring trip tomorrow with two nine-inning games against Hiram College (9am) and Definace College (12pm).