The Cabrini Baseball Club Team played a double-header against Rider University on Saturday, April 12 at neighboring Eastern University’s baseball field. The team lost the first game 9-6 but came back in the second game with a 16-6 victory.
Sophomore Mike Manzione led the first game at noon on Saturday but several errors cost the Cavaliers the game.
Junior Eric DiSantis went four for four and batted two doubles.
“We faced Rider’s best pitcher, he’s been playing with them for several years and he’s very good,” head coach Will Harmon said.
The team switched the line-up for the second game hoping for a comeback.
Senior Anthony Vellutato and junior Tim Hoban led the Cavaliers throughout the game.
Vellutato went three for five and hit a two-run homerun over the center field wall in the fourth inning, scoring the winning runs.
Hoban went five for five and was a homerun away from a cycle. The junior shortstop scored five runs and had two stolen bases.
“The second game on Saturday was definitely the best hitting experience we’ve have so far this year,” first baseman and senior political science major Mike Keating said.
The team has had a growing season and hopes to improve for the playoffs.
“We’ve had a lot of guys step up into positions that they don’t usually play and they’ve succeeded,” outfielder and graphic design major Vellutato, said. “It’s been a very enjoyable year.”
Harmon said that this team is the most talented that he’s seen in the three years that he has been coaching.
“Once we have more consistency we will be a really dynamic team,” Harmon said.
The Cavaliers will play a double-header on Saturday, April 19 and on Sunday, April 20 at 12 p.m. against Hofstra University. The team’s home field is located at Eastern University.
“Hofstra is definitely a competitor but they don’t have more talent than us,” Harmon said.