NEW PALTZ, NY — Prior to the beginning of the fall season, Coach Juhl and his staff were very excited about the prospects of the 2005-2006 Hawks Baseball Team. The staff and fans of the baseball program got a glimpse of the future over the weekend when the Hawks hosted Vassar College for a day of baseball on Saturday September 24th.
The Hawks split into two squads (Orange and Blue) and had each team play 14 innings. During the morning session, the Orange pitching staff walked only one batter and allowed five hits over 14 innings to cruise to a 14-3 victory. All seven pitchers in the morning session pitched extremely well, walking only three batters and giving up no extra base hits. Offensively, Orange was led by John DeKams, Dean Glanzman, Jeff Coteý and Danny Garcia who each gathered three hits. The pitching staff was led by veterans Joe Gugliotta (3ip 5 strikeouts) and Greg Campo (3 hitless innings), while newcomer Tristan Greene and Tristan Adams both pitched effectively in relief. The Hawks amassed 22 hits in the contest and committed only one error.
The afternoon set featured the Blue squad for the Hawks led by senior catcher Josh Gutes. Gutes swung a hot bat, banging out 4 hits in 8 at bats including a triple 4 runs batted in and 1 stolen base. Senior Bill Kelts had three hits on the day for the Blue team. Two newcomers on the mound for the Hawks pitched very well. Sophomore transfer Jimmy Donohue pitched three scoreless innings and freshman right-hander Chris Spizuco gave up only one unearned run in three innings pitched. The Hawks scored 15 runs on 17 hits in the second 14 innings to earn the victory 15-11.
With the fall contest behind them, Coach Juhl and the Hawks will now finish their last week of fall workouts and play two more intra-squad games before wrapping up the fall workouts.
The coaching staff is anxiously awaiting the arrival of spring to see if the team can compete for a SUNYAC Championship.