Men's Baseball

2010 Season in Review

Offense Shows Promise of Bright Future
Grad Big Senior Class, Welcome Stroud, Rooks in ’10

Purchase, NY (Apr. 28, 2010) – Purchase’s offense carried them to the final weekend of the season, knocking on the proverbial Skyline Conference Tournament door.

Unfortunately, the Panthers couldn’t get by surging Mount Saint Mary in a disappointing final conference doubleheader. Purchase narrowly missed the postseason a spring after clinching the first playoff berth in program history. Following a 9-4 start, a midseason swoon pushed the Panthers to the brink, despite an impressive beginning and a tremendously talented roster. Injuries and some uncharacteristic performances left the Panthers (11-20, 5-11 Skyline) outside the field of six.

Thankfully, the third-leading offensive team in the conference welcomes back a potent lineup for 2011. The Panthers batted .323 as a team – second only to league leader Farmingdale (.335) and Old Westbury (.334) – and blasted the most home runs of any club in the Skyline (23). Backed by slugger Dan Stroud and standouts Austin Groves and Josh Spielberg, as well as up-and-coming underclassmen Alex Sobiecki and Sean Lafaye, the Panthers offense should continue to shine next spring.  

The Panthers graduate nine seniors this May, including some of the best to ever wear the blue and white. Captain Jared Issacson finished his Panther career on a high note. The 2B/DH hit a team-leading five home runs – all from the leadoff spot – including three long balls in conference. He also tripled three times and batted .375 both in league and overall. In total, he collected 28 RBI, slugged .583 and boasted a .444 OB% in Skyline play. He ranked among the Skyline league leaders in several categories, including slugging percentage (3rd), hits (4th), home runs (2nd) and total bases (2nd).  

Purchase also says goodbye to closer and team leader Francis Delgado, who pitched well out of the bullpen in 2010. The hard-throwing right-hander struck out 15 in 19 innings. Also set to graduate are seniors Joshua Mensche, Gil Garcia, Mike Sands, Josh Leon, Greg Martin, Jack Lappin and George Kennedy. The Panthers will sorely miss Lappin and Kennedy, two key components to their potent lineup. Despite battling some injuries, Kennedy batted .330 overall and drove home 27 RBI in 28 games. Lappin, the team’s speedy center fielder, batted .353 overall and .342 in conference, enjoying a fine senior season that included 22 RBI, three triples and two home runs, as well as eight stolen bases in 11 attempts.

The Panthers had their share of struggles on the mound and in the field, where they committed the second most errors (79) of any team in conference. However, their offense certainly kept them in the hunt until the very end. Purchase got a big lift from star transfer Stroud. He terrorized Skyline pitching to the tune of a .448 BA and a whooping .851 slugging percentage. Stroud was among the country’s DIII leaders in slugging (.754 overall) and showed his versatility at the plate, smacking four home runs, eight triples and 16 doubles. He also drove in 30 RBI and swiped 13 stolen bases, including a 9-for-9 showing in Skyline play. Stroud finished first in doubles, triples and slugging in conference, and was later named to the All-Skyline 2nd Team.

Like Stroud and Isaacson, Groves also did some damage at the plate in 2010. He batted .327 overall with three home runs and 27 RBI in 28 games. Another key offensive contributor was Spielberg, who hit .418 against Skyline Conference competition, collecting 20 RBI in 16 games. He also homered twice and sported a .476 on-base percentage, ranking among the league leaders offensively at his position. 

Although the Panthers didn’t receive as much support on the mound as they did in 2009, Purchase welcomed transfer Chris Carboni, who was named Skyline Pitcher of the Week once during the season. The sophomore won a team-high four games during the spring and paced a young roster of up-and-comers that included relievers Miller Lulow, Matt Paz and Phillip Georges. Also among the arms returning for next spring will be Brian Thompson, CJ Bula and Albert Baez  

-Bobby Ciafardini, SID

2010 Men's Baseball Schedule
(11-18, 5-11 Skyline)

Day Date Opponent Time/Results
Sat. 3/6/10 Centenary College (DH) L 3-6
W 8-4
Sun. 3/7/10 Delaware Valley College (DH) Cancelled
Thu. 3/11/10 John Jay College W 14-3 {SL}
Sat. 3/13/10 City College of New York (DH) + Cancelled
Sat. 3/20/10 SUNY Maritime (DH)* L 6-8
W 11-1
Sun. 3/21/10 COLLEGE OF MT. ST. VINCENT  (DH)* L 3-8
L 2-3 {SL}
Tue. 3/23/10 Yeshiva University* + W 24-2 {SL}
Wed. 3/24/10 Lehman College W 5-3
Sat. 3/27/10 NYU-POLY* (DH) W 29-9
W 14-2
L 4-5 {SL}
Wed. 3/31/10 Spring Break Trip
St. Olaf (MN)

L 5-9
Thu. 4/1/10 Spring Break Trip
St. Thomas (MN)
Edgewood (WI)

L 2-17
L 4-20
Fri. 4/2/10 Spring Break Trip
Edgewood (WI)
University of Tampa (JV) ^^

L 5-17 
L 10-16
Mon. 4/5/10 Albertus Magnus College L 4-9
Wed. 4/7/10 Western Connecticut State University L 8-15
Sat. 4/10/10 OLD WESTBURY* (DH) L 6-10
L 8-16
Thu. 4/15/10 Yeshiva University W 33-1 {SL}
Sun. 4/18/10 St. Joseph's College-LI (DH)* L 6-7
L 7-14
Wed. 4/21/10 Vassar College W 13-9
L 5-8

*League Games
(DH) Doubleheader
{SL} Silver Lake Park
+ Scheduled as CCNY, Yeshiva home games at Silver Lake Park
^^ Junior Varsity teams does not count against record

2009 Season in Review

Historic Season for Panthers Included 17 Ws, Playoffs
Baez, Kennedy, Isaacson Named All-Skyline

Purchase, NY (May 4, 2009) – Baseball is a game of patience. Having been a key member of the past three renditions of the Purchase Panthers, Kyle Saud was finally rewarded for all of his hard work and optimism of the good fortune to come.

By surprising the rest of the Skyline Conference with a fearsome rookie pitcher, a slew of wily veterans and a three-headed monster in the middle of the lineup, the Panthers unlocked the gates to the playoffs in spring 2009.

The Panthers did not end their campaign at 8-8 in the league by mistake. Slug first, ask questions later first baseman George Kennedy was the leader of the ball bashing attack, hitting a team-high four home runs to go along with his 46 hits, 39 RBIs and a .338 batting average. He slugged an impressive .610.

Let’s not forget Austin Groves, who like his teammate Kennedy also batted an identical .338. Groves led the team with 47 hits and a team-high 31 runs scored. Place him besides Jared Isaacson, who led the team with 24 stolen bases (in 26 attempts), and you have a trio that can hit for power, contact and when on base, kill with speed. Isaacson and Kennedy would top the All-Skyline 2nd Team at second and first base, respectively. All three underclassmen are set to return next season.

Lineup aside, pitching wins more often then not. And the Panthers sorely lacked a true ace the past few seasons. That’s where Albert Baez came in. The 2009 edition of the Panthers wasted no time placing the ball in the hands of Baez to get the job done. The newcomer was no disappointment on the mound, going 5-3 in 10 appearances, yielding no homeruns and only 45 hits in 50 1/3 innings pitched for a pristine 1.97 ERA.  The flamethrower would also go on to lead the team with 47 Ks and three complete games.

Needless to say, Baez was named to the All-Skyline 1st Team at season’s end.

With a sured up lineup and an ace in the fold, Saud could finally concentrate on doing what he does best: Lead. The co-captain would draw a team-high 28 walks, while scoring 30 runs and also patrolling the vast center field at both Silver Lake Park and at Purchase to top all everyday players with a .984 fielding percentage.

Saud was one of six departing seniors who participated in the Panthers’ 8-2 loss at St. Joseph’s-L.I. in the first round of the Skyline Conference Playoffs. Saud was joined by co-captain Kenny Schoeller, outfielder Anthony Dowalo, relief pitcher Steve Miraglia and starters Bryan Donovan and Dan Connors.








Senior Day 2009

In addition to the seniors and freshman standout Baez, electric closer and rookie CJ Bula took the conference by storm with his fastball. He joined a much-improved bullpen that trotted out reliable arms in Miraglia and Francis Delgado.   

Highlights included a sweep of Lasell College to start the spring; a home drubbing of Polytechnic, which saw the Panthers explode for a combined 24 runs; and a 7-6 comeback win over St. Joseph’s College-Brooklyn in eight innings.

The Panthers dedicated the season to the memory of the late Bill Salter. Each member of the team wore patches on their sleeve in honor of their first-ever assistant coach.

Armed with a strong returning core and a promising group of recruits, the Panthers are expected to be a serious player for a conference title in 2010.  

-Oren Vourman

2009 Recaps:
With Baez Gone, SJC Strikes Late, Wins Playoff 8-2
PC Tunes Up for Playoff by Pummeling PBU
League's Best Outlasts Purchase in Sweep
Carter's Three Homers Leads USMMA
Panthers Sparkle at MSM, Farmingdale
Supreme Six Celebrated on Senior Day
Darkness Prevails, Purchase, Baruch Tie in 12
Plattsburgh Pulls Off Sweep
Vassar Wins Slugfest
With Sweep of YU, Panthers Clinch Playoff Berth
Panthers Sink Privateers
Purchase Stuns WestConn in Ninth
CMSV Takes Two from Panthers
Panthers Honor Salter's Memory with Walk-off
Behind Donovan, Panthers Oust Owls
Furious Comeback Caps Wild Win
Purchase Drops Pair
Double Trouble: Bats, Arms Stifle Poly
Power Bats, Arms Keep John Jay Winless
Panthers Show Resilience at Rutgers-Newark
Panthers Ace Lasers, Sweep Opener 

2008-09 News:
Kennedy Named to ABCA All-Region Team
Baez, Kennedy and Isaacson Named All-Skyline
Groves Garners Honor Roll Mention
McQuade Pitches Way to Rookie of the Week
Irwin Named New Assistant
Purchase to Host Prestigious Baseball Showcase
Baseball Announces 2009 Captains
Annual Exhibition Concludes with Good Cause
Former Yankee Williams a Big Hit in Lecture
Purchase, Monroe Battle to a Draw at Sundown
Team Welcomes Back Alum
Baseball Team Assists with Welcome Wagon
Isler Named New Assistant Coach
Groves Tears Up Summer League
Purchase to Host Under Armour Tryouts

2009 Men's Baseball Schedule
(17-21-1, 8-8 Skyline)
(0-1 Skyline Tournament)

Day Date Opponent Time/Results
Sat. 3/7/09 LASELL COLLEGE (DH) W 6-0
W 1-0 {SL}
Sun. 3/8/09 Rutgers-Newark (DH) L 3-10
L 3-4
Thu. 3/12/09 John Jay College @ Silver Lake Park W 7-4 {SL}



Spring Break Trip (Winter Haven, FL)
-Framingham St.

L 6-8



Spring Break Trip (Winter Haven, FL)

L 3-15



Spring Break Trip (Winter Haven, FL)
-Hamilton College (DH)

L 0-2
L 5-18



Spring Break Trip (Winter Haven, FL)
-Worchester State (DH)

L 3-13
L 3-9


W 21-4
W 3-1 {SL}

Sun. 3/22/09 ST. JOSEPH'S COLLEGE (DH) L 0-6
L 3-10 {SL}
Tue. 3/24/09 LEHMAN COLLEGE 

W 17-7 {SL}

Thu. 3/26/09 UNIV. OF MAINE PRESQUE ISLE  W 13-3

L 2-9
W 7-6 (8 Inn.)

Sun. 3/29/09 College of Mt. St. Vincent (DH)* L 4-11
L 3-7 {SL}
Thu. 4/2/09 Western Connecticut State University 

W 12-7 


W 4-0
W 8-2 

Sun. 4/5/09 YESHIVA UNIVERSITY (DH)* W 17-6
W 8-6

L 4-11

Sat. 4/11/09 SUNY Plattsburgh (DH) L 2-3
L 2-10
Tue. 4/14/09 Baruch College T 3-3 (12 Inn.)



W 15-2

Sat. 4/18/09 Mt. St. Mary College (DH)* W 12-7
L 0-3
Sun. 4/19/09 Farmingdale State University (DH)* L 4-14
W 3-2
Thu. 4/23/09 USMMA L 6-15
Sat. 4/25/09 Old Westbury College (DH)* L 3-4 (12 Inn.)
L 5-7
Mon. 4/27/09 Philadelphia Biblical University  W 30-17
Wed. 4/29/09 Skyline Tournament First Round
No. 6 Purchase @ No. 3 St. Joseph's
L 2-8

*League Games
(DH) Doubleheader
{SL} Silver Lake Park

3/12/09 -John Jay home team, but game will be played at Silver Lake
3/29/09 -CMSV home game, but game will be played at Purchase
4/14/09 -Purchase and Baruch tied after 12 innings. Game called due to darkness.

2008 Season in Review

Tiebreaker Costs Panthers Playoff Spot

Purchase, NY –  The Purchase College baseball team came tantalizingly close to a playoff berth this season. Finishing with a record of 10-29 and 6-10 in conference play, they missed out on the six seed after losing a tiebreaker to Polytechnic University.

Despite missing the playoffs, the Panthers can look back on this season as a successful one. It was obvious that they were just as good as anyone in the conference, highlighted by the fact that they played the best team in the conference, Farmingdale State very well towards the end of the season. The Panthers received a number of great performances: First baseman George Kennedy (SO/Nyack, NY) led the Skyline Conference in home runs and finished with six longballs on the season, while also tying for the Panther lead with 32 RBIs. Kennedy finished the season batting .362, also best on the team.

Tri-captain Michael Shea (SR/Cortlandt Manor, NY) was once again leaned upon heavily this season. Shea joined Kennedy by knocking in 32 runs, while leading the squad with 40 runs scored. He batted .328 in his final season as a Panther. The shortstop was consistent in the field as well, finishing with 117 assists and just 18 errors.

Three Panthers also hit over .300 this season. Rookie standout Austin Groves (FR/Stratford, CT), key returnee Kyle Saud (JR/Jesup,GA) and tri-captain Tony Dimitry (JR/Hilliard, OH) batted over .300.  Dimitry drove in 21 --  the second highest total on the team. Saud was a defensive force this season in center, tracking down a number of fly balls that seemed destined for extra bases.

Outfielder Anthony Dowalo (JR/Hicksville, NY) was the other shareholder of the team lead in RBI. Second basemen Jared Isaacson (SO/Port Washington, NY) provided some speed on the basepaths, swiping a team-leading 15 bags, while never being caught.

The Panthers got a strong final season out of their four-year ace and tri-captain Chad Charney (SR/Port Chester, NY). Charney started 11 games, going the distance twice. The right-hander finished with an impressive 55 strikeouts to go with two hard-fought wins. Charney also spent some time in the infield this season, playing well when called upon.

Starting Pitcher Eric Golden (SR/Putnam Valley, NY) had a strong senior campaign, starting seven games. Golden went the distance once and won two decisions, while striking out 27. The lefty turned in one of the most impressive performances of the season against Farmingdale, keeping the Panthers in the game with a gutty performance on an injured ankle.

Under head coach Bill Guerrero the Panthers have made some great strides. With a strong returning core, they will look to advance to the Skyline Tournament next season.

-Michael Wimmer

2008 Recaps:
Panthers Honor Four Seniors
Youngsters Get a Shot at Ramapo
Efforts of Golden, Kennedy Lost in Tough DH
Panthers Split Last Two; Rout St. Joe's
Panthers Win a Pair, Lose a Pair Over Weekend
Saud's Glove Paves Way for Big Inning in Panther W
St. Joe's-LI Sweeps DH
Offense Breaks Out at St. Joe's
Behind Zumstag, Albertus Magnus Stymies Panthers
Gottschalk's Gem Highlights Panther Split
Twice as Tough: Panthers Drop Pair to OW
Seven Run Eighth Breaks Tie, Seals WestConn Win
Panthers Cruise Past Yeshiva
Panthers Split Doubleheader
Lehman Offense Surges Past Purchase
Panthers Conclude Spring Break Trip
LaGrange Takes Doubleheader
Panthers Push Nationally Ranked Emory to Brink
Tufts Outlasts Purchase
Guilford Comeback Dooms Panthers
Purchase Rally Comes Up Short
Panthers Get Work in at DII Pace
Panthers Drop Pair at Wesley
Charney, Panthers Cruise in Season Opener

2007-08 News:
Dowalo's Offensive Prowess Earns Him Honor Roll
Kennedy Slugs His Way to Honor Roll Nod
Groves Captures Second Skyline Rookie of the Week
Groves Earns Honor Roll Spot
Groves Named Skyline's Top Rookie
Baseball Announces Newcomers
Delgado and Dimitry Win Annual Skill Contests
Captains Announced
Baseball Gives Back During Holiday Season
Kavanaugh to Skipper CT Lawmen
Panthers Host Monroe in Fall Matchup
Charney Named MVP in Cooperstown
Fall Ball Underway
Good Deeds for Purchase Baseball


2008 Men's Baseball Schedule
(10-29, 6-10 Skyline)



Opponent Time/Results



Chestnut Hill College - DII

W 9-6



Villa Julie (DH)




Wesley College (DH)

L 1-12
L 3-10



Pace University - DII





L 4-5



Guilford College (NC)

L 6-9



Tufts University @ Guilford College (NC)

L 10-15



Emory University

L 8-9 (10 Inn.)



LaGrange College (GA) (DH)

L 6-16
L 5-34



Savannah College of Art & Design

L 3-29



Savannah College of Art & Design (DH)

L 3-10
L 0-10



Lehman College

L 6-15




L 6-11 
W 11-5 {SL}



Yeshiva University* (DH)

W 22-1
W 11-2



Western Connecticut

L 9-16




L 1-4
L 3-4 {SL}




W 9-1
L 5-10




L 0-9



St. Joseph's - Brooklyn

W 24-3



St. Joseph's College - Patchogue* (DH)

L 2-12
L 7-9




W 7-2



SUNY Maritime College* (DH)

W 16-3
W 14-7




L 8-17
L 4-9




L 4-5




W 18-3




L 3-4
L 1-4



Ramapo College (DH)

L 4-12




L 3-4
L 4-14

*League Games
{SL} Silver Lake Park

2007 Men's Baseball Results

14-15-1 (9-7 NEAC)

Day Date Opponent Time/Results
Sat. 3/3/07 SKIDMORE COLLEGE L 6-14 {SL}
Sat. 3/17/07 Old Westbury College Postponed
Wed. 3/21/07 MT. ST. MARY COLLEGE

Postponed {SL}

Thu. 3/22/07 YESHIVA UNIVERSITY Postponed {SL}

L 10-16 (8 INGS)
L 4-10 {SL}

Sun. 3/25/07 SUNY New Paltz (DH) Cancelled
Tue. 3/27/07 Centenary College Postponed
Thu. 3/29/07 Centenary College
L 5-10

W 7-0 
L 3-5

Sun. 4/1/07 KEYSTONE COLLEGE*(DH) W 1-0**
W 1-0**
Tue. 4/3/07 Penn State Berks* (DH) L 7-12
W 7-6
Wed. 4/4/07 Delaware Valley (DH)


Thu. 4/5/07 Old Westbury College L 3-15


Villa Julie College*(DH)

L 2-5
L 3-14

Sat. 4/7/07 Wesley College (DH) L 1-16
W 6-4
Wed. 4/11/07 Polytechnic Univ of NY* (DH) W 20-11
L 3-6
Sun. 4/15/07 D'YOUVILLE COLLEGE*(DH) Postponed
Tue. 4/17/07 Yeshiva University
W 22-3
Thu. 4/19/07 BARUCH COLLEGE W 23-2
L 0-10
Tue. 4/24/07 Lehman College L 14-15
Wed. 4/25/07 Western Connecticut State Univ. Cancelled
Thu. 4/26/07 MT. ST. MARY COLLEGE
L 10-16
Fri. 4/27/07 D'YOUVILLE COLLEGE* (DH)+
W 16-2
W 5-2
Sat. 4/28/07 Keuka College* (DH) L 5-17
W 8-6
Sun. 4/29/07 Cazenovia College* (DH) Cancelled
Tue. 5/1/07 OLD WESTBURY COLLEGE Cancelled
Thu. 5/3/07 Suffolk County Community College
T 18-18
(10 INGS)
W 8-7

*League Games
+ Game Will be Played at Keuka; Purchase Remains the Home Team
{SL} Silver Lake Park
** Won by Forfeit

2007 Season in Review

Five Named NEAC All-Conference

Purchase, NY (May, 20 2007) – The Purchase College men’s baseball team was among the best in North Eastern Athletic Conference All-Conference voting in 2007, garnering five selections from the league.

Shortstop Michael Shea (JR/Cortlandt Manor, NY) and third baseman Jared Isaacson (SO/Port Washington, NY) were both named to the NEAC Second Team, while three players received Honorable Mention, including first baseman Tony Dimitry (SO/Hilliard, OH), pitcher Chad Charney (Junior/Port Chester, NY) and reliever James Smith (FR/Selden, NY). 

Shea led the team offensively, batting a pristine .473 – among the highest in NCAA Division III. He collected 44 hits and 27 RBIs en route to his second consecutive All-NEAC Second Team recognition.  

Isaacson, playing third base for the first time in his baseball career, also excelled at the plate. He hit .375, knocking in 24 RBIs, while also scoring 19 runs. In one doubleheader during the season, he produced a combined nine RBIs.

Dimitry, another steady offensive run producer, was named to the NEAC Second Team in 2006, and earned another nod to the All-Conference team this year behind a .402 average and 30 RBI campaign. He could surpass 100 career hits for Purchase next spring and eventually become the all-time hit leader for the Panthers.

Charney was the ace of Purchase’s pitching staff.  Known for his high strikeout totals, the right-hander became more than a hard-thrower in 2007, perfecting his pitching touch. He had one stretch where he tossed 21 consecutive innings without an earned run. He led the team with five wins. 

While Charney did a splendid job of starting ballgames, few in the conference did a better job finishing off victories. Smith, Purchase’s closer, was one of the top freshmen in the NEAC. Initially slated to be a starter, he emerged as the closer for the Panthers and recorded three saves in key conference games against Penn State Berks, Keuka and D’Youville, including one three-inning performance where he recorded eight strikeouts.

Purchase finished the season 12-17-1.

Comeback Thriller: Panthers Rally in Ninth to Close Season

Purchase, NY (May 4, 2007)-Trailing by three runs in the ninth inning of their last game of the spring, the Purchase College men’s baseball team rallied for four runs and a thrilling 8-7 come-from-behind victory to close the 2007 campaign on a high note.

Leftfielder Anthony Dowalo (SO/Hicksville, NY) skied a fly ball to short center to leadoff the inning, but the College of Mount Saint Vincent shortstop dropped the ball, trying to make the catch, and Dowalo reached first. Hustling right out of the box, Dowalo quickly took second and the Panthers comeback was on.

Catcher Angel Robles (FR/Tallahassee, FL), who was inserted midway through the game for Drew Cruzado (FR/Staten Island, NY), walked to put runners on first and second. Jimmy Quigley (FR/Harrison, NY) popped out in the infield – and the infield fly rule was called – for the first out of the inning.

Senior Anthony Aloisi (SR/Rye Brook, NY) – playing in his last game of his college career – punched a clutch single to left, advancing Dowalo to third and Robles to second. Kyle Saud (SO/Jessup, GA) laced a singe to right, scoring Dowalo, to keep the rally going. Dalwin Garcia (FR/Bronx, NY) walked to drive in another run. With the Dolphins leading 7-6, Mount Saint Vincent Coach Steve Macias turned to closer Nathan Todd, who relieved Ryan Strub. Todd came into pitch to cleanup hitter and first baseman Tony Dimitry (SO/Hilliard, OH). Dimitry hit a come backer to Todd and the right-handed pitcher came home with the throw, but an errant toss by Todd allowed Saud and Aloisi to score with the winning runs.

Purchase concluded the season 12-17-1 and 7-9 in the North Eastern Athletic Conference. The comeback victory over Mount Saint Vincent – a tough Skyline Conference opponent – dropped the Dolphins to 10-19 overall. Purchase will be leaving the NEAC next season in all sports and will become a member of the Skyline Conference.

Senior Michael Zabinski (SR/Albany, NY) collected a hit in his last at-bat and was pinch run for by Alosi – one of the game’s many heroes. Zabinski, known affectionately as “Papa Z” by his teammates, received a standing ovation from his fellow Panthers and the crowd. Lost in the midst of the comeback was the pitching performance by Chad Charney (JR/Port Chester, NY), who went six innings and allowed only one earned run. He left with the game tied 3-3. Charney struck out nine and walked two.

The Panthers got solid relief from lefty Eric Golden (JR/Putnam Valley, NY) and Bryan Donovan (SO/High Falls, NY), but star closer James Smith (FR/Selden, NY) was touched for three runs – one earned – receiving little help from his defense in the eighth. Kendrick Vera (FR/Brooklyn, NY) pitched 2/3 of an inning to close the ninth and earned the victory thanks to Purchase’s bats.

“Baseball is a funny game. This was a great win for our program and a phenomenal way for us to end the season,” Purchase Coach Bill Guerrero said. “I’m very proud of the team.” 

The matchup with the Dolphins was rescheduled from their Mar. 8 postponement. The win comes one day after an 18-18 tie with Suffolk County Community College West that ended in 10 innings due to darkness.

 Top performers were Cruzado with three hits and six RBIs, including a bases clearing double in the first to allow Purchase to open up a 5-0 lead. Michael Shea (JR/Cortland Manor, NY), who did not play Friday, continued his all-star season, and actually raised his .472 average by going 2-for-4 with a bases clearing double to bring Purchase within one-run at 16-17 in the seventh. Shea then put the Panthers in the lead with a sharp single to the outfield to make the score 18-17 heading into the eighth. Suffolk eventually tied the game at 18-18 in the bottom of the eighth, as their bats were kept quiet after a strong 6 2/3 relief performance by Mike Sands (FR/Mt. Sinai, NY). Smith once again showed his closing dominance by pitching the ninth and tenth scoreless innings, while striking out four.

Panthers Take Three of Four on Road Trip
Five Named All-Conference

Purchase, NY (May 2, 2007) – The Purchase College men’s baseball team went into last weekend with a strong shot at a playoff berth in the North Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament.

With six conference games on the slate, Purchase responded by taking the first three of four games on a road trip to Keuka College. The Panthers swept conference foe D’Youville at Keuka, winning the first game 16-2 and the second 5-3 last Friday. The rescheduled matchup had Purchase as the home team.

Purchase then played Keuka on Saturday, splitting the two-game series. Keuka took the first game 17-5, but Purchase won the second game, 8-6.

Heading into Sunday, the Panthers were primed for a playoff spot, but poor field conditions at Cazenovia College, due to inclement weather in the days leading up to the game, postponed the doubleheader.

Cazenovia, who held a slightly better league record, swept a conference doubleheader on Monday, thusly eliminating the Panthers from the four team playoff. Purchase’s matchup with Cazenovia was then cancelled since it didn’t have any playoff ramifications. 

Purchase will travel to Suffolk Community College on Thursday and then host Mount Saint Vincent College on Friday to conclude their season.

The Panthers finished in sixth place in the conference.

On Wednesday, the NEAC announced its All-Conference team. Shortstop Michael Shea (JR/Cortlandt Manor, NY) and third baseman Jared Isaacson (SO/Port Washington, NY) were named to the NEAC All-Conference Second Team, while first baseman Tony Dimitry (SO/Hilliard, OH), ace pitcher Chad Charney (JR/Port Chester, NY) and closer James Smith (FR/Selden, NY) all received Honorable Mention All-Conference honors.

Shea hit a team-high .472 with 23 RBIs. Isaacson batted .393 with 24 RBIs and Dimitry hit .418 with a team-leading 28 RBIs.

Charney won four games and struck out a team-high 38 in 42 innings, and Smith held the best team ERA with 3.68.   

In the first game against D’Youville, Charney continued his conference domination by pitching a complete game victory. He gave up two earned runs on six hits with 10 strike outs. Isaacson paced Purchase at the plate with five RBIs and barely missed a grand slam, hitting a ball on top of the wall with the bases loaded. Christopher Farago (SO/Yonkers, NY), Dimitry and Shea combined for seven hits and nine RBIs in the contest.

In the second game, pitcher Dan Conners (SO/Ithaca, NY) won his first collegiate game with five solid innings. Smith recorded another save in an impressive seventh inning, striking out the side. Jimmy Quigley (FR/Harrison, NY), Shea and Dimitry led the offense, accounting for six hits and four RBIs.

Against Keuka, Purchase opened with a 2-0 lead, but could not hold the lead. In the second game of the doubleheader, Purchase bounced back. The Panthers took a 4-0 lead behind the bats of Shea and Dimitry and starter Bryan Donovan (SO/High Falls, NY) pitched well en route to his second win of the season. Smith finished off the victory with a two inning save, striking out five.

Purchase improved to 11-17 and 7-9 in the NEAC.

Offense Not Enough, Panthers Drop Last Two

Purchase, NY (Apr. 26, 2007) – Despite a soaring offense, the Purchase College men’s baseball team’s pitching and defensive woes continue, resulting in back-to-back losses.

The Panthers fell to Lehman College, 15-14, last Tuesday and lost 16-10 to visiting Mt. St. Mary College on Thursday. Purchase is now 8-16 overall, but is still clinging to a possible playoff berth with six conference games remaining on the schedule – all of which will be played this weekend.

Against Lehman, leadoff hitter Michael Zabinski (SR/Albany, NY) went 2-for-5 with one run scored. Christopher Farago (SO/Yonkers, NY) doubled, knocked in two runs and scored twice against the Lightning. Michael Shea (JR/Cortlandt Manor, NY), the team’s third-place hitter, doubled in the loss and scored four times.

Angel Robles (FR/ Tallahassee, FL) and Frankie Delgado (FR/Bronx, NY) also had two hits a piece.

Right-hander Mike Giarmita (FR/Staten Island, NY) took the loss.

On Thursday, Purchase fell behind 7-0 after three innings and needed six pitchers to complete the nine inning affair. Once again, Purchase’s offense showed its mettle, coming back to cut the deficit 11-6 after six. But the Panthers’ pitching didn’t hold up. Lefty starter Eric Golden (JR/Putnam Valley, NY), despite allowing only two earned runs, took the loss.

Shea went 4-for-6 with two runs and two RBIs against the Blue Knights; Jared Isaacson (SO/Port Washington, NY) collected three hits, and a cast of others added two hits a piece for Purchase, including Tony Dimitry (SO/Hilliard, OH), Drew Cruzado (FR/Staten Island, NY), Kyle Saud (SO/Jessup, GA) and Farago.

Purchase’s defense allowed four errors against Mt. St. Mary and four more against the Lightning.

Purchase will travel to Keuka College Friday to play D’Youville in a rescheduled doubleheader. On Saturday, the Panthers will take on Keuka before closing out the weekend and regular season against Cazenovia on Sunday.

Charney Pitches His Way to NEAC Honor

Purchase, NY (Apr. 24) – A perfect week for Chad Charney was all the North Eastern Athletic Conference needed to hear before naming the junior pitcher the NEAC Men's Baseball Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Apr. 22.

The right-handed ace of the Panthers, a former standout at Port Chester High School, led the team to a 1-1 showing in the conference for the week and an overall record of 3-1. Charney, a native of Port Chester, NY, won two of the three games for Purchase during that span – the only two he started for the week.

In 13 innings pitched, Charney finished the week with a .69 Earned Run Average, four runs, one earned, 16 strikeouts and an opponent batting average of .153. He defeated Yeshiva University in his first start and finished the week with a win over conference rival Philadelphia Biblical University.

“I’m proud of the recognition,” Charney said. “It means a lot to me and the team. We are fighting to get one of the last playoff spots, and it’s important for us to play our best baseball down the stretch.”

Purchase Coach Bill Guerrero praised his star pitcher. “Chad is talented,” Guerrero said. “He’s very capable of being a dominant pitcher. He showed that this week.”

Purchase is 8-14 overall and 4-8 in the conference to date.

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Panthers Split with PBU
Farago Hits Two HRs

Purchase, NY (Apr. 21) – The Purchase Panthers men’s baseball team split their doubleheader with the Philadelphia Biblical University Crimson Eagles, 11-5 and 11-0, Saturday at home.

Performing the best Alex Rodriguez imitation north of 161st Street, the bat of Christopher Farago (SO/Yonkers, NY) fueled the Panthers to victory in game one. The designated hitter clubbed two solo homers, one in the fourth and one in the fifth. Farago replaced Michael Zabinski (SR/Albany, NY) , who worked a walk to lead off Purchase’s half of the first. He would later score on an RBI single by Rob Piervinanzi (SR/Searingtown, NY), as part of a four-run inning.

Those four runs would give pitcher Chad Charney (JR/Port Chester, NY) plenty of breathing room. The right hander allowed one run on three hits in five innings of work. In addition to Farago’s big day, the Panthers had plenty of firepower. Tony Dimitry (SO/Hilliard, NY) had three hits and three RBI, while Dalwin Garcia (FR/Bronx, NY) collected three hits and two RBI of his own. Piervinanzi and Jared Isaacson (SO/Port Washington, NY) each had two hits and Anthony Dowalo (SO/Hicksville, NY) had two RBI.

Having had their wings clipped in the opener, the Eagles returned to flight in the second game behind an impressive pitching performance from Thomas Fenwick. The sophomore right-hander went the distance, tossing a shutout on only seven hits and two walks. Fenwick was a star at the plate as well, collecting three hits and driving home two. Nathan King also had three RBI.

Also of note, Purchase honored its five senior team members in between games of the doubleheader. In their last weekend home game of their careers, Purchase acknowleged the contributions of seniors Piervinanzi, Zabinski, Anthony Alosi (SR/Rye Brook, NY), Dan Minieri (SR/Yorktown Heights, NY) and John Pizzarro (SR/Bronx, NY), who could not attend. Purchase awarded each of the players with Senior Day certificates commemorating the occassion. 

The Panthers are now 7-14 overall, and remain in sixth place in the North Eastern Athletic Conference with a record of 4-8. PBU improves to an overall record of 7-15. Purchase hits the road to close out the 2007 campaign. Their first stop is at Lehman College on Tuesday (Apr. 24). First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.

Purchase Bats Stomp Baruch

Purchase, NY (Apr. 19, 2007) – The hits just keep on coming for the Purchase College men’s baseball team.

After pummeling Yeshiva University on the road Tuesday, the Panthers dismantled visiting Baruch College 23-2 Thursday before the home crowd. Purchase defeated Yeshiva 22-3 and has outscored their opponents 45-5 in the past two games. The Panthers finished with 13 hits against Baruch, scoring five times in the fourth, six times in the fifth, eight times seventh and four more times in the eighth.   

Purchase is now 7-13 overall.

Purchase’s Rob Piervinanzi (SR/Searington, NY) went seven innings to earn the victory, allowing six hits and two earned runs. The right-hander struck out two and walked four.

Lefty Eric Golden (JR/Putnam Valley, NY) relieved Piervinanzi in the eighth and Chris Colmenero (FR/ Charlotte, VT) came in to close the door in the ninth on the Bearcats. Both relievers tossed scoreless innings. Golden struck out the side in his appearance.

At the plate, Purchase second baseman Dalwin Garcia (FR/Bronx, NY) went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and a run scored. Tony Dimitry (SO/Hilliard, OH) also went 2-for-2 with two RBIs. Piervinanzi helped his own cause at the plate, going 2-for-6 with two runs and three RBIs. Piervinanzi, Garcia and Anthony Dowalo (SO/Hicksville, NY) each doubled in the win. Dowalo finished with four RBIs and four runs scored. Christopher Farago (SO/Yonkers, NY) went 2-for-4 with three runs and two RBIs.

“This is a great win for the team,” Purchase Coach Bill Guerrero said. “It was a great day at the plate for Dalwin, good pitching on the part of Rob and we had some big, timely hits by Dowalo and Tony, and a cast of others. Jimmy Quigley also got his first hit of the season. We are starting to learn how to win the games we are supposed to win.”

The Panthers have won three of their last four and will look to continue their winning ways on Saturday at home. Purchase welcomes North Eastern Athletic Conference rival Philadelphia Biblical University for a doubleheader. First pitch is slated for 11 a.m.

Panthers Romp Yeshiva, Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

Bronx, NY (Apr.17) – While the men’s tennis team was taking care of business against Sarah Lawrence Tuesday, the Purchase Panthers men’s baseball team was doing its part to ensure a possible spot in the playoffs.

In an impressive showing of dominance both at the plate and on the rubber, the Panthers defeated Yeshiva University 22-3 at Taft High School in the Bronx. It’s the Panthers fourth win in their last six games, and keeps them in the hunt, however slim, for a playoff berth in the North Eastern Athletic Conference.

Chad Carney (JR/Port Chester, NY) hurled eight strong innings, surrendering just two walks, three runs (one earned) on seven hits, striking out 13. Run support would not be a problem as the bats of Tony Dimitry (SO/Hilliard, OH) and Michael Shea (JR/Cortlandt Manor, NY) were out in full force. Both players collected four hits, with Dimitry knocking in five RBI and Shea driving home two and scoring five more. Dalwin Garcia (FR/Bronx, NY) joined in the effort, collecting three RBI.

Purchase had solid run production from the bottom of the order as well, as Anthony Dowalo (SO/Hicksville, NY) collected four RBI on a hit and four walks. Kyle Saud (SO/Jessup, GA) also contributed with two RBI of his own.

Purchase improves to 6-13 overall. The Panthers will host Baruch College on Thursday (Apr. 19). First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.

Panthers Split at Polytech

Brooklyn, NY (Apr. 11, 2007) – Despite a rough start, the Purchase College men’s baseball team has played better of late.

And the timing couldn’t be better with the Panthers heading into the heart of their North Eastern Athletic Conference schedule. Purchase split a doubleheader with NEAC rival Polytechnic University of New York Wednesday. The Panthers overwhelmed the Fighting Blue Jays 20-11 in the first game, but dropped a 6-3 decision in the second.

Purchase is now 5-13 overall and 3-7 in the conference.

“The conference games are very important right now. We need to win those games if we want to advance to the postseason,” Purchase Coach Bill Guerrero said. “Plain and simple: Those games will determine our fate.”

Purchase ace Chad Charney (JR/Port Chester, NY) earned the victory in the first game, despite allowing 10 earned runs. Reliever James Smith (FR/Selden, NY) tossed a perfect three innings out of the bullpen to help secure the victory.

Leadoff hitter Dalwin Garcia (FR/Bronx, NY) went 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBI. First baseman Tony Dimitry (SO/Hilliard, OH) went 3-for-6 with three runs and one RBI. Rob Piervinanzi (SR/Searingtown, NY) also went 3-for-6, collecting three RBI.

Purchase received solid contributions from top to bottom in the order. Michael Shea (JR/Cortlandt Manor, NY) went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI; Jared Isaacson (SO/Port Washington, NY) went 4-for-4 with four RBI. Christopher Farago (SO/Yonkers, NY) and Angel Robles (FR/Tallahassee, FL) each added three hits and right fielder Anthony Dowalo (SO/Hicksville, NY) went 2-for-5 with three runs scored.

While the first game was all about the offense, the second game was more about pitching and defense. Polytechnic out pitched the Panthers, holding them to just three runs over seven innings. Shea, Dimitry and Dowalo each collected two hits in the loss. Starter Bryan Donovan (SO/High Falls, NY) went six innings and gave up six earned. He struck out five and walked one.

Purchase returns to action Sunday (Apr. 15) at home against D’Youville College. First pitch of the NEAC doubleheader is scheduled for 11 a.m.

Panthers Rout Falcons

Purchase, NY – (Apr. 10, 2007) For the second consecutive game, the Purchase Panthers men’s baseball team overcame an early deficit, defeating the Albertus Magnus Falcons, 15-9.

The old saying that “home is where the heart is,” carries no trace of doubt, as the Panthers won their first true home game this season after harsh winter weather forced the team to play their designated home games at Silver Lake Park.

Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning, Magnus southpaw Brandon Fleming surrendered a two-out hit to Christopher Farago (SO/Yonkers, NY). Fleming gave up the hit after having retired the previous six Panthers he faced. An ominous wind of activity would soon fill the ballpark, one that even Mother Nature could not have concocted herself.

After a Farago swipe of second, a walk to Charlie Quaglino (SO/East Moriches, NY), and a double steal by both Panthers, Dalwin Garcia (FR/Bronx, NY) and Tony Dimitry (SO/Hilliard, OH) followed with RBI singles, giving the Panthers a 4-3 lead. Fleming then hit Rob Piervinanzi (SR/Searingtown, NY) with a pitch, bringing Michael Shea (JR/Cortlandt Manor, NY) to the plate.

Already with a hit in today’s contest, Shea delivered once more with a two RBI double that drove home Garcia and Piervinanzi making the score 6-3. Craig Emmons replaced Fleming, but hardly brought any relief as three more runs would cross the plate, two of which were driven home on a Jared Isaacson (SO/Port Washington, NY) single.

The Falcons countered with two runs in their half of the fifth, even loading the bases against Panther hurler Mike Sands (FR/Mt. Sinai, NY). However Sands got out of the jam by forcing Chris Noske to pop out to short and Matt Rondinone to fly out to left.

The Panthers returned the favor in the bottom of the sixth inning, as Isaacson delivered yet another two RBI single, increasing the Purchase lead to 8-5. The third baseman would deliver his third two RBI hit of the afternoon in the seventh as part of a seven run offensive which effectively, albeit unofficially, sealed the deal for Purchase.

In addition to the work of Isaacson and Shea, Piervinanzi collected three hits and scored three runs. Garcia and Farago each had two hits apiece for Purchase.

In the losing effort, Mike Damiani collected four hits while driving home two. Steve Carosella also had two RBI’s.

Sands went six innings for Purchase, allowing five runs (four earned) and seven hits while walking three and striking out one. Kendrick Vera (FR/Brooklyn, NY) pitched the final three innings for the save. Fleming took the loss for Magnus.

The win improves Purchase to 4-12 overall, while Magnus drops to 7-7 on the season. The Panthers will look to stretch their winning streak to three and possibly four when they take on Polytechnic University of NY in a doubleheader scheduled for 3:00 p.m..

Panthers 1-4 Over Spring Break

Dover, DE (Apr. 7, 2007) – Spring Break was a week of mixed results for the Purchase College men’s baseball team. The Panthers lost to Old Westbury 15-3; fell to Villa Julie 14-3 and 5-2; and finished the week with a split at Wesley College – after dropping the first game 16-1, Purchase triumphed in the second game of its doubleheader 6-4.

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Purchase led 2-0 in the first inning on Thursday (Apr.5) before Old Westbury tied the score in the bottom of the first inning and erupted for five runs in the second, pulling away from Purchase. Greg Jones ignited Old Westbury on the basepaths, swiping four bases, collecting two hits and scoring three runs. Jesse Germinario contributed two doubles and two RBI.

Purchase mustered up just seven hits in two games on Friday against the Mustangs. Villa Julie was led by the run production of Alex Laddbush (four RBI in two games) and Center fielder Jim Smith (three RBI in game two).

Saturday saw Purchase take an early 1-0 lead, before the Wolverines pounced on Purchase pitching, scoring five runs in both their halves of the first and second inning. The Panthers also had their struggles defensively, committing six errors. In contrast, Dominic Gatto went six innings, allowing one run on seven hits. Ryan McGuire pitched the seventh for the save.

The tide turned for Purchase in the second game. Wesley jumped out to a 3-0 first inning lead, but the Panther bats – and pitching awoke. Purchase scored six runs over three innings, beginning in the second. Anthony Aloisi (SR/Rye Brook, NY) and Anthony Dowalo (SO/Hicksville, NY) dowalo bat.JPGeach went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Jared Isaacson (SO/Port Washington, NY) and Charlie Quaglino (SO/East Moriches, NY) also contributed an RBI apiece.

But the man of the hour was pitcher Bryan Donovan (SO/High Falls, NY). After the first inning, the right-hander settled in and kept the Wesley bats at bay, allowing four runs (three earned) and scattering four hits in the complete game effort. Donovan overcame five errors in the field, including one charged to himself.

The win ended the Panthers four game losing streak, improving their record to 3-12 overall and 2-6 in the North Eastern Athletic Conference. Purchase will look to make it two-in-a-row when they take on the Falcons of Albertus Magnus College, Tuesday (Apr. 10) at 3:30 p.m.

Baseball Splits with Penn State Berks
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Reading, PA (Apr. 3, 2007) – The Purchase College men’s baseball team bounced back from a pair of home loses to Keystone Tuesday on the road at Penn State Berks. The Panthers split the doubleheader with their North Eastern Athletic Conference rival, winning 7-6 in the second game of the twin bill.

Purchase dropped the first, 12-7, and are now 2-8 overall and 2-4 in the NEAC. On Sunday at home, Purchase lost 14-0 and 20-0 to powerhouse Keystone, which moved to 12-3 and 4-0 in conference play. The Giants continue to wreak havoc at the plate and scored 101 runs on 95 hits, including 16 homeruns. Keystone tossed one-hit shutouts against Purchase. In the opener Brett Repard went five innings allowing just one hit and striking out five to earn the win. In the nightcap, Yadiel lanzo went the distance allowing just the one hit and striking out 12 to pick up his third win of the year, while also lowering his era to 1.57 on the season.

Although Purchase, a strong hitting team, couldn’t muster much offense against Keystone, it didn’t keep the Panthers down for long. Purchase came out swinging against Penn State Berks at Hintz Athletic Field. The Panthers took an early 4-0 lead after the first-half inning of action, but Penn State Berks responded with nine in the bottom half of the inning. Purchase starter Rob Piervinanzi (SR/Searingtown, NY) didn’t have his best stuff, surrendering nine runs, six earned. He pitched one inning and then was relieved by lefty Eric Golden (JR/Putnam Valley, NY). golden pitch.JPGGolden threw two innings, allowing three hits and two earned runs. Purchase cut the lead to 11-6 after three innings. The Panthers added another run in the fourth, but fell short in their comeback attempt.

Piervinanzi struggled on the mound, but it didn’t affect him at the plate. He went 3-for4 with two runs after moving to center field. Shortstop Michael Shea (JR/Cortlandt Manor, NY), who later moved behind the plate to catch part of the first game, went 1-for-4 with two runs. Outfielder Christopher Farago (SO/Yonkers, NY) was also productive at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two RBI.

Penn State Berks was led by shortstop Tyler Fleischut, who went 3-for-3 with two runs and three RBI out of the second spot in the lineup. Three-hitter A.J. Denardo added two RBI in the win, while Penn State Berks' Mike Schaaf earned the victory. He went the distance, throwing seven innings. He allowed seven runs – none earned.

In the second game, Purchase once again jumped on the board early as Piervinanzi singled in Dalwin Garcia (FR/Bronx, NY) with the game’s first run. The Panthers would add two more in the first for a 3-0 lead. After Purchase took a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the third inning thanks to an RBI single by Jared Isaacson (SO/Port Washington, NY), Penn State Berks scored two runs in the bottom of the inning. Purchase starter Kenny Schoeller (SO/Medford, NY) lasted only four innings, but pitched well. The right-hander allowed two earned runs and seven hits. Meanwhile, Penn State Berks starter Justin Williams only lasted 2 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits. garcia bat.JPG

Purchase and Penn State Berks each scored two in the fifth, but the Panthers would hold on. Penn State Berks scored two in the seventh, but it wasn’t enough. James Smith (FR/Selden, NY) closed out the win for Purchase, pitching the final 2 2/3 innings.

Isaacson went 3-for-3 with two RBI and one run scored; Piervinanzi went 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI; designated hitter Joshua Leon went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI; and Tony Dimitry (SO/Hillard, OH) went 2-for-5 to help lift Purchase.

The Panthers road game against Delaware Valley on Wednesday (Apr. 4) was postponed. Purchase returns to action Thursday in a makeup game against Old Westbury, which has now been moved to Old Westbury. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.   

Charney, Bats Come Alive Against BBC
Panthers Split Twin Bill

West Harrison, NY (Mar. 31, 2007) – Purchase ace Chad Charney pitched his best game of the early season and the Panther bats went to work in the conference opener against visiting Baptist Bible College Saturday night at Silver Lake Park in West Harrison.

With Purchase’s field still not in good enough condition to play and the game being rescheduled to a twin bill at night under the lights in Silver Lake, Purchase took the first game 7-0, earning its first win of the season. Charney (JR/Port Chester, NY) was masterful. He tossed seven innings of shutout baseball, allowing only two hits and one walk while striking out eight in the North Eastern Athletic Conference matchup.  

The Panthers totaled seven hits and seven runs, also forcing the Defenders into two errors in the first game. DSC 0063.JPGFirst baseman Tony Dimitry (SO/Hillard, OH) continues to swing a hot bat. He went 1-for-4, but drove in two runs with a double in the opening game. Michael Shea (JR/ Cortlandt Manor, NY), who was named NEAC Student-Athlete of the Week, went 2-for-2 with two RBI. Purchase took a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back, adding four in the fourth inning and one for good measure in the fifth.

Baptist Bible shortstop Seth McDonald was the only Defender hitter to touch Charney on the evening. He notched both singles against the right-hander.

While everything went right for Purchase in the first game, the second fell just short. Purchase managed a comeback in the bottom of the seventh against the Defenders, putting runners on, but only scored one in the last frame in a 5-3 loss.

Purchase had its chances, reaching base several times in the latter innings, but couldn’t push the tying or go-ahead runs across. Shea went 2-for-4 in the second game with a RBI. Jared Isaacson (SO/Port Washington, NY), Anthony Dowalo (SO/Hickville, NY), Michael Zabinski (SR/Albany, NY) DSC 0028.JPGand Dimitry each added a hit, but the Panthers trailed from the outset. Baptist Bible scored one in the first, one in the second and one in the third, taking a 3-0 lead. The Panthers responded with two in the fifth to close the gap to 3-2. The Defenders would take a 4-2 lead after six and scored one more in the top half of the seventh.

Baptist Bible is now 6-4 overall. Purchase is 1-5 on the season and 1-1 in conference play.

The Panthers will host Keystone College for another late night doubleheader at Silver Lake Park Sunday (Apr. 1). First pitch is set for 6 p.m.  

Early Deficit Proves Costly in Loss
Panthers Fall to Centenary

Augusta, NJ (Mar. 29) – The Panthers are still searching for their groove on the diamond this spring. Thursday afternoon in a rescheduled matchup with Centenary College, Purchase lost 10-5 at Skylands Park in New Jersey. Purchase fell to 0-4 overall in the non-conference defeat.

Centenary jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first and then scored two in the second and two in the third. Purchase’s offense stalled through the first two innings, but the Panthers managed to scratch a run across in the third, cutting the lead to 5-1.

However, Purchase never recovered, fighting from behind the entire game. The Panthers had their share of troubles in the field, committing three errors, which didn’t help starter kenny pitch.JPGKenny Schoeller (SO/Medford, NY). The right-hander threw two innings, allowing three runs – all unearned. Bryan Donovan (SO/High Falls, NY) relieved Schoeller and didn’t fair much better in his two innings of work. He allowed two earned runs, three hits, and like Schoeller, walked three. Centenary would score four more runs in the seventh to put the game away. Purchase’s Mike Sands (FR/Mt. Sinai, NY) pitched well in relief, surrendering one run in two innings.

Schoeller took the loss. Centenary’s Matthew O’Leary earned the victory, tossing three innings in relief of starter Daniel Chapman. Centenary first baseman Patrick Cassidy finished with three RBI and catcher Jared Grant paced the lineup, going 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI.     

Offensively, the Panthers were led by first baseman Tony Dimitry (SO/Hillard, OH), who went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI in the loss. Second baseman Dalwin Garcia (FR/Bronx, NY) went 2-for-3 and left fielder Michael Sabinski (SR/Albany, NY) went 2-for-5. Centenary improved to 7-4.

Purchase will look to bounce back Saturday (Mar. 31) against Baptist Bible when they open against North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) competition. The game time has been changed to 6 p.m. at Silver Lake Park in West Harrison, NY.

Shea Slugs His Way to NEAC Honor

Purchase, NY (Mar. 26, 2007) – Michael Shea didn’t play in the first game of the season for the Purchase College baseball team because he was finishing the winter season as a member of the school’s volleyball squad.

Sheahead.JPGBut it didn’t take long for the junior shortstop to make an impact for the Panthers, especially at the plate. In his first action on the diamond in 2007, Shea (JR/Cortlandt Manor, NY) went 5-for-8 in a doubleheader against Plattsburgh State – a pristine .625 average. Unfortunately, Purchase dropped both ends of its doubleheader to powerhouse Plattsburgh, including a tough extra inning loss in the first game.

Nevertheless, Shea was at his best in the twin bill – the only two games of the week for Purchase. He hit two doubles, drove in two, scored two and slugged .875, reaching base .75 percent of the time between the two games. In the field, Shea was also solid, recording two putouts, five assists and only one error.

For his efforts, Shea was named the North Eastern Athletic Conference Men’s Baseball Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Mar. 25.

Shea garners the honor in the second week that the award is being presented and has also been named co-Purchase College Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Mar. 25, sharing the honor with tennis’ Matthew Kucker, who has also been named NEAC Student-Athlete of the Week in his sport.  

Purchase Coach Bill Guerrero commended Shea on the honor and called his strong-hitting shortstop “a leader” and “one of the best all-around players on the team.

Cardinals Outlast Panthers in Twin Bill

West Harrison, NY (Mar. 24, 2007) – The Purchase Panthers lost both ends of their doubleheader with the Cardinals of Plattsburgh State, 16-10 and 10-4 at Silver Lake Park Saturday afternoon in West Harrison.

Leading 8-6 going into the top of the seventh, the Panthers were three outs away from defeating the Cardinals, who were coming off a recent nine-game winning streak and a 10-2 start to the season. But Plattsburgh State rallied to send the game into extra innings. The Cardinals chirped their way to victory, scoring seven runs in the eighth.

DSC 0048.JPGFor the first four innings of game two, Purchase and Plattsburgh State were knotted at three-all, as the Panthers’ Mike Giaramita (JR/Staten Island, NY) and the Cardinals’ Kevin Gent kept their respective teams in the game. Much like the first game, it was one big inning that did Purchase in, as the Cardinals scored three in the fifth and never relinquished command. Gent did his part, at one point retiring eight Panthers in-a-row. The left-hander went the distance allowing just three earned runs on four hits.

The Cardinals were led by John Campbell, Mike Kelley and Zach Welch who each had four RBI on the day, overall. Kyle Kowalowski had three hits in three at-bats in the second game and scored six runs in two games.

Purchase was led offensively by catcher Drew Cruzado (FR/Staten Island, NY) who went 2-for-3 and delivered three RBI in the first game. Angel Robles (FR/Tallahassee, FL) took over the backstop duties in the second game and also went 2-for-3 and had an RBI. Michael Shea (JR/Cortlandt Manor, NY) went 5-for-8 in the doubleheader with two RBI.

The win ups Plattsburgh State’s record to 12-2 overall. The Panthers fall to 0-3 on the young season. Purchase will head out on the road Tuesday (Mar. 27) for a matchup with Centenary College. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m..

Panthers Drop Opener

Purchase, NY (Mar. 3, 2007) – The Purchase College men’s baseball team opened its season with a hard fought 14-6 loss to visiting Skidmore College Saturday.

Inclement weather earlier in the week moved the site of the game to nearby Silver Lake Park. On the turf field, the Thoroughbreds jumped on the board in first inning behind Ed Reilly’s RBI single. Purchase starter Chad Charney (JR/Port Chester, NY) pitched out of trouble in the first, but the Panthers offense couldn’t muster a run in the first or second inning as Skidmore starter Spencer Marcus surrendered only one hit in the first two frames.

Off Marcus, a crafty lefty, Purchase right fielder Anthony Dowalo (SO/Hicksville, NY) doubled for the Panthers first hit of the 2007 campaign. But Marcus settled down and then induced back-to-back groundouts to get out of the inning unscathed.

Charney quickly retired Skidmore’s first two hitters in the top of the second, but then lost command of the strike zone, allowing three walks, pair of singles and three more runs that pushed the Thoroughbreds’ led to 4-0.

The resilient Panthers bounced back with two runs in the top of the third. With two outs, Michael Zabinski (SR/Albany, NY) and Kyle Saud (SO/Jessup, GA) battled Marcus, reaching base on consecutive walks. Purchase’s Rob Piervinanzi (SR/Searingtown, NY) followed with a single, bringing cleanup hitter Tony Dimitry (SO/Hilliard, OH) to the plate. Dimitry promptly lined an RBI single down the left field line, plating Zabinski and Saud and cutting Skidmore’s lead to 4-2.

Skidmore, also playing its first game of the season, found a groove in the fourth and fifth innings, scoring two more in the fourth and rallying for six in the fifth for a 12-3 lead at the end of five.

Purchase responded with three runs in the sixth, but Skidmore added two more runs in the final three innings while keeping the Panthers’ offense at bay to close out the victory.

In the win, Skidmore quad-captain and leadoff hitter Adam Brown went 2-for-3 with three walks and five runs. Mike Jaffe went 3-for-5 with three RBI; quad-captain Mike Salamone went 1-for-3 with three RBI; and Ed Reilly went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Skidmore improves to 1-0 overall.   

In defeat, Purchase captain Zabinski went 2-for-3 with one run scored. Dimitry went 2-for-4 with three RBI and Piervinanzi went 2-for-5 with an RBI and run scored. Infielder Frankie Delgado (FR/Bronx, NY) also made a sterling play in the field. Coming in as a reserve at shortstop late in the game, Delgado made a backhanded stop deep in the hole, jumped to his feet and fired a strike to Dimitry at first to beat the Skidmore runner by less than a step. The fine defensive play earned Delgado a round of applause from the Purchase faithful on a brisk afternoon in West Harrison.    

Left-hander Eric Golden (JR/Putnam Valley, NY) and right-hander Kenny Schoeller (SO/Medford, NY) pitched well in relief for Purchase. Wagner College transfer Mike Giaramita (FR/Staten Island, NY) relieved Charney and pitched well at the start, but labored through his second inning of work, allowing eight runs in 2 1/3 innings pitched. Charney took the loss. Marcus earned the win.    

Purchase falls to 0-1 in the non-conference matchup and will host the College of Mt. St. Vincent Thursday. The game will also be played at Silver Lake Park. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.

Spring Training: Purchase Baseball Turns to Yoga

Purchase, NY (Feb. 26, 2007) –  As Spring Training gets underway, the baseball fan becomes reacquainted with the sights and sounds of the game. A slugger taking rips in the batting cage; a pitcher throwing off the mound, an entire team doing a jog around the field, the national pastime announces its homecoming like an old buddy from high school.

For the Purchase Panthers, the preparation to Opening Day brings a new friend this season – a yoga mat.

Every Wednesday, the team undergoes sessions of hatha yoga exercises. They learn the basic principles, focusing on body awareness, body warm-ups, poses as well as breathing and relaxation skills. “I’m looking for any method or technique that has shown proof to improve performance in baseball players,” explained Purchase Coach Bill Guerrero.

In fact, yoga is becoming more prevalent in the conditioning and training of professional baseball players. A recent New York Times article featured a small studio in Encino, California where several major league pitching prospects were practicing yoga poses and meditating. Several prominent major leaguers, including pitchers Barry Zito and Joel Zumaya have used this technique to help them prepare for the grueling 162-game season.

Guerrero first learned about yoga through his sister as a way of combating asthma. “I was introduced to yoga a few years back as a method to relieve some of my symptoms,” he explained. “The focus on deep breathing and relaxing is a key therapy to this disease.”

Using himself as a model of success, Guerrero sought to implement yoga in his team’s training regimen. He did so to a mostly positive response. “I think most were very excited to do something unique and different, but not 100% sure of the benefits for a baseball player,” he said. “After their first class, they were eager to do it again.”

DSC 0056.JPGOutfielder Kyle Saud (SO/Jessup, GA) recalled the first time the team tried to perform poses. “We all thought we were real athletes until we were asked to stand on one leg and put the other over our head,” he said. “No baseball player was able to do it, but we can do most of the moves.”

One of the big supporters of yoga has been Saud, who is coming off a left ankle surgery which subsequently has caused stress in his lower back. “Yoga has really increased my flexibility in those areas,” he said. “I also feel that the breathing patterns and relaxation techniques used in yoga are directly transferable to performing in clutch situations on the playing field.”

While Guerrero encourages other teams at Purchase to do so, it is not yet known if yoga will be a regular part of the team’s conditioning in years to come. Should that be the case, at least one player would approve. “I think that yoga will benefit any athletic team in decreasing the chance of injury,” Saud believes. “Along with a regular exercise regimen and an effective practice schedule, yoga would be a positive factor to any program.”

-This article, written by Christopher Camacho, is set to appear in the Purchase Dispatch

Future Stars, Purchase Baseball to Hold Winter Camp

Purchase, NY (Nov. 27, 2006) – Purchase College head baseball coach Bill Guerrero along with Future Stars, LLC has announced the dates of their winter baseball camp. Together they will hold two different sessions of this Holiday Mini-Camp Baseball Camp in late December.

The first session will be held at Purchase College, SUNY gymnasium from December 26-29 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon for grades two to five. The next session will be held  in the afternoon on the same dates from 1 to 4 p.m. for grades six to nine.

For more information and registration call Guerrero at (914) 251-7855 or Future Stars at (914) 273-8500. Click link for registration form: indoor baseball.pdf

PC Baseball Helps Make Holidays Brighter for Homeless 

Port Chester, NY (Nov. 23, 2006) –  The Purchase College men's baseball team gave the gift of giving this Thanksgiving to those in need.

Through the Carver Foundation members of the Purchase baseball team stood outside of D’Agostinos in Port Chester to collect the essentials to help feed the homeless. The players handed out slips with items such as milk, cereal, soup and canned vegetables that could be purchased while shopping.

"Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, pumpkin pie and family are all stables of Thanksgiving. Some people aren’t lucky enough to have these things on a regular basis, let alone during the holidays," Purchase Coach Bill Guerrero said. "

“For a few extra dollars you can help a homeless boy or girl during the holidays,” added senior Dan Minieri (SR/Yorktown Heights, NY).

Many people were willing to participate and help to spread the holiday cheer. The Panthers return to the field this spring.

Panthers Walk for Cancer Research

Purchase, NY (Nov. 27, 2006) – The Purchase College baseball team came out in full force to support breast cancer research by walking in the annual Breast Cancer Walk held at Manhattanville College recently

“It was good to see the entire team come out and support such a worthy cause," said Purchase Coach Bill Guerrero. "Hopefully the freshman will continue the tradition in years to come."

Cancer is a debilitating disease that not only affects the cancer patient but their loved ones as well. If you haven’t been effected by cancer directly you probably know someone who has.

Purchase senior Dan Minieri (SR/Yorktown Heights, NY) said after personally losing someone to cancer who was close to him that it was good to see that the team was willing to participate with such enthusiasm in the walk.

Not only did every player on the team participate in the walk but they also managed to keep spirits up by organizing a mass sing along for the entire duration of the walk itself. Some of the senior players spoke with cancer survivors as well as family members who have lost loved ones.  The Purchase Athletic department, especially the baseball team will be participating in other charitable events throughout the year. 

Purchase Victorious in Fall Game

The Purchase College Baseball Team's bat woke up in the 4th inning erasing an 8-3 deficit going on to a 20-14 victory in Game 1 of the double header versus Monroe Community College from Bronx, NY. This game welcomed back Senior Captain Mike Zabinski (Albany, NY) from a year long injury as well introduced11 new freshman to the 4 year young program. 
Monroe, one of the top Junior Ccolleges in the Northeast jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, and eventually built an 8-3 lead until Chris Farago (SO/Yonkers, NY) hit a 3 run home run which was followed later by a two run Mike Shea (JR/Cortlandt Manor, NY) double to tie the game at 8. The Purchase bats kept it going in each ensuing inning capped by great team hitting to build the eventual winning score of 20-14. Joshua Leon (FR/Bronx, NY) and Jared Isaacson (SO/Port Washington, NY) were two of the many offensive stars. Leon went 3 for 4 with a double, 3 runs, and one RBI while Isaacson went 3 for 4 with three doubles and three RBI. Other stars were Tony Dimitry (Hilliard, OH) 2 for 5, Farago 2-4 4RBI, Dalwin Garcia (Bronx, NY) 2-3, Zabinski 2-4, and Shea 3-4 with 3 Runs scored.
In the second game Monroe jumped out again to a 4-0 lead and eventually won 10-5. Purchase clawed their way back to a 6-5 deficit in the 7th inning but could not overcome the Monroe offense. Offensively, Purchase was lead by Senior Dan Minieri (Yorktown Heights, NY) who went 2-4 with 2 RBI. Pitching stars for the day were Bryan Donovan (SO/High Falls, NY), Dan Conners (Ithaca, NY), and James Smith (FR/Selden, NY)
The Purchase baseball team returns to action in the annual Alumni game next Sunday 9/24 at 10AM.

Panther Fall Ball Underway

The Purchase College baseball team conducted their annual skills day. The winner of the 3 mile run was Anthony Aloisi (SR/Port Chester, NY) with a time of 23.48. Other strong showings were Jimmy Quigley (FR/Harrison, NY), Drew Cruzado (FR/Staten Island, NY) and Dan Conners (SO/Ithaca, NY) with times of 24.38, 25.28, and 26.08 respectively.  Aloisi also won the egg toss contest along with Dan Minieri(SR/Yorktown Heights, NY). The final contest was the medicine ball toss which was won by Tony Dimitry (SO/Hiliard, OH).
The baseball team has also scheduled its Fall game against Monroe Community College on 9/17/06. The double header will consist of two 9 inning games and is schedule to start at 10:00AM at Purchase College.
Finally, the annual alumni game has been scheduled for 9/24/07 at 10:00AM at Purchase College. All former players are welcome to come and play a friendly game against this years current team. For more information please contact Head Coach Bill Guerrero at 914-251-7855 or to confirm participation.

Kavanaugh Joins Panther Squad

The Purchase Baseball team is proud to announce the addition of Tyler Kavanaugh (Westbrook, CT) as Assistant Coach. Tyler replaces Bryan Roberts.
Tyler graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in History where he was a 4 year starting catcher, received  All-Conference honors three times, and was a two-time captain. He recently spent time as a player in Europe, playing for the Blansko Black Hill Club of the Czech Republic Baseball Association's  Extra League.  Tyler is an eager young coach who comes to Purchase highly recommended from Kenyon head coach Matt Brudette and Fairfield University Coach Kevin Huber.
We look forward to growing our program with Tyler, and thank Coach Roberts for his dedication and service the past two years which has been instrumental in building the program.

Piervinanzi Earns Honors

Junior Second Baseman Robert Piervinanzi, playing or the Long Island Astros this summer, was recently selected to the All Tournament Team of the National Amateur Baseball Federation (NABF) College Division World Series.  The annual tournament feature many of the better college baseball players around the country was held in Toledo, OH this year. Congratulations Rob.

Purchase, NY - Head coach Bill Guerrero  this week announced his second recruiting class. This year he welcomes 11 new members to the Purchase baseball program. Combined with last season's recruits, the 2007 team could feature as many as 21 underclassman and next season will only see four upperclassman.  "Pitching and catching was our priority for this year's class, but we also got some nice, good all around ball players that can play multiple positions." said Guerrero.

"As we continue to grow and build the team we are constantly re-evaluating our strengths and weaknesses.  We felt pitching, catching, and overall team athleticism needed to improve. We feel we have met those needs and are extremely happy we got players that buy into the vision that we can be one of the top DIII baseball programs in the Northeast”. Guerrero added. 

Joining the Panthers as members of the team are: Chris Colemero, Drew Cruzado, Frankie Delgado, Dalwin Garcia, James Smith, Mike Sands, Joshua Leon, Kendrick Vera, Jared Isaacson, James Quiqley, and Daniel Conners.

Below is a listing of the 2007 recruits in alphabetical order:

Chris Colmenero  P - 6'0"/185 – Charlotte, VT 
Coach Guerrero on Chris...
"Chris is an ideal student athlete for the Purchase baseball program. He fits our academic and athletic profile perfectly. Not only is he an excellent student he will be a great addition to our pitching staff.”

Daniel Conners  P - 6'2"/195 – Ithaca, NY / Hartwick College
Coach Guerrero on Dan...
"Dan is a transfer from Hartwick College and has a tremendous opportunity to be our #1 pitcher. His work ethic, desire to have the ball in the biggest game and excellent academic standing makes him one of our top recruits of the class.”  

Drew Cruzado  C - 5'10"/185 – Staten Island, NY/ Laguardia HS
Coach Guerrero on Drew...
"Drew has tremendous upside and will excel with the significant playing time. He is excellent defensively and his offensive game will be a great addition to the team. Out team is much improved with the addition of Drew.”  

Francis Delgado Util 5’11”/165 – Bronx, NY / Lehman HS
Coach Guerrero on Frankie...
"I am very proud to have a player like Frankie join our team. He is the consummate teammate that will excel at whatever position he plays. He greatly improves the teams depth and athleticism. I am looking forward to four years with Frankie and watch him grow as a leader and a ball player.” 

Dalwin Garcia   2B – 5’10”/175 – Bronx, NY/ Environmental HS
Coach Guerrero on Dalwin...
"Dalwin is another one of those good quality ball players that also makes you proud off the field. He was captain of his high school team and has already demonstrated strong leadership skills which will be essential as this team grows. His experience building Environmental into one of the better ball clubs in NYC will certainly be a huge plus for the Panthers”.

Jared Isaacson   3B – 5’10"/190 – Port Washington, NY Schreiber HS / Univ. of Arizona
Coach Guerrero on Jared...
"Jared comes to Purchase as a transfer from the Univ. of Arizona. He received numerous accolades in his school included Nassau All-County Team. He is expected to step in a play 3B for the Panthers and contribute right away."

Joshua Leon    C – 5’8”"/170 – Bronx, NY / Environmental HS
Coach Guerrero on Joshua...
"Joshua comes to Purchase as a highly recommended strong offensive and defensive catcher. With Drew and Joshua we have two strong catchers that can carry our team through out the entire season and not miss a beat."

Jimmy Quigley   INF - 5'10"/155 – Harrison, NY / Harrison HS
Coach Guerrero on Jimmy...
"Jimmy was a little apprehensive to come to Purchase but I think he will soon realize that the opportunity to play and grow as a player and an individual is tremendous. The opportunity he has to create his playing time suits his strong work ethic greatly. He is the second player to our program from Harrison after our former captain Greg Mayo so I know our program is getting another well coached and good young man."
Jimmy Quigley, a member of Harrison, New York's 16-18 Babe Ruth baseball team advanced to the Babe Ruth League World Series eventually losing to the winners of the tournament, San Gabriel Valley, California 12-2 on August 16th. The team represented Westchester County for the first time in over 20 years.

Michael Sands   RHP - 5'11"/160 – Mt. Sinai, NY /  Mt Sinai HS
Coach Guerrero on Mike...
"Mike is a sleeper on the recruiting circuits and we think we have a hidden gem.  Once he adds strength, the skies the limit for this young talent.  We are excited to have Mike join us and look for him to pitch right away."

James Smith   RHP  5’11”/185 – Seldon, NY / Newfield HS
Coach Guerrero on James...
"James was discovered by Ass’t Coach Roberts. When he first saw him pitch he had nothing but rave reviews about his talent. This hard thrower is expected to be a starter right away and be a big key to the success of our season."

Kendrik Vera   P - 6'0"/180 – Bronx, NY / LaGuardia HS
Coach Guerrero on Kendirk...
"Kendrik’s success will depend on his work ethic. He has the talent to pitch and play multiple positions as well as provide a surprising strong bat. We look forward to four years of Kendrick being a successful member of the Panthers.

Any other players interested in trying out for the baseball team please feel free to contact Head Coach Bill Guerrero @

Coach Guerrero Lands Elite Coaching Job & Top96 Showcase Director Position

Head Coach Bill Guerrero was recently hired for the 2006 summer season to be the Assistant Baseball Coach for the Stamford Robins ( of the Atlantic Coast Baseball League. The team is based out of Stamford, CT and plays their home games at Cubeta Stadium. Elite players from DI, DII, DIII and Juco colleges make up the team.

The mission of the ACBL is to be a showcase for top college players who want to get a chance in professional baseball. To that end, in only three years of their existence, the Robins have already had 21 of their players sign professional contracts. This relationship will certainly enhance the recognition of the Purchase College baseball program.

Head Coach Bill Guerrero has also been named as Director to two TOP96 College Baseball showcases The first one will be at Houlihan Park – Fordham University in the Bronx, NY on July 7th and July 8th 2006. The 2nd showcase will be held at the University of Hartford in Hartford, CT on August 5th and 6th, 2006.

 TPX TOP 96 offers high school baseball players the opportunity to work with some of the best college coaches in the country. Check out the list below to see college coaches who have committed to attend and/or instruct at the event.

2006 Re-Cap

The Purchase College baseball team concluded their third season with a record of 9-25 and 7-11 (7th place) in the North Eastern Athletic  Conference. Although the overall record may not be impressive, the massive improvements the team made were evident each game.
After a difficult yet educational Spring Break trip to Hampton, VA where the Panthers went 0-6 and continued 1-17, the team finished up the season strong going .500 with a record of 8-8. 

There were many team and individual highlights of the season.  The sweeps of Skyline Conference U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and NEAC rival Baptist Bible plus the two tough loses to perennial top 25 teams of Keystone College and Centenary College demonstrated the improved level of the new program.
We had three players receive all conference honors, Tony Dimitry (2nd Team), Mike Shea (2nd Team) and Dan Minieri (Honorable Mention). We had a tremendous effort by utility player Jr. Rob Piervinanzi as he hit .317 while leading the team in hits, stolen bases while recording 3 victories with an era of 3.41 on the mound. Other notables were Freshman Kyle Saud (Jessup, GA) who hit .281, and the pitching of So. Chad Charney (Port Chester, NY), who was among the conference leaders in strike outs, Fr. Bryan Donovan (High Falls, NY) and Fr. Kenny Schoeller Jr. (Medford, NY).
The team is going to miss Sr.Captain Greg Mayo (Harrison, NY) though. He leaves the program as the all-time leader in victories and innings and his leadership was instrumental in the building of the program.
The future continues to be bright though with the core group of returning players, another strong recruiting class, and the return of Sr. co-captain OF Mike Zabinski (Albany, NY) who hit .420 a year ago coming back from injured reserve.  

Three Panthers Selected NEAC All-Conference, Two more Scholar-Athletes

Three members of the Purchase Colle Baseball team receive all conference honors for the 2005-06 season. Freshman first baseman Tony Dimitry (Hilliard, OH) and Sophmore shortstop Mike Shea (Hendrick Hudson, NY) recived 2nd team All -Conference. Tony Dimitry batted .350 with 20 runs, 20 rbi's and 12 sbs in his first season. Mike Shea batted .350 as well while leading the Panthers with 30 runs, 26 rbi's, 50 total bases, 15 hit by pitches, and OBP of  .511 while playing tremendous defense all year. The third member to receive an award was Junior Dan Minieri (Yorktown Heights, NY). Dan recived All-Conference honarable mention as he lead the team in triples (3), home runs (2) and with a slugging percentage of .507.

Senior Captain Greg Mayo (Harrison, NY) and Freshman Bryan Donovan (High Falls, NY) were selected as NEAC Scholar Athletes for the 2005-2006 season.  An athlete must achieve a 3.4 GPA or higher for the combined fall and spring semsters of that school year.

2006 Men's Baseball

(9-25 Overall, 5-9 NEAC)

Day Date Opponent Time/Results
Sat 3/4/06 Wesley College, DE L 1-9
L 2-12
Thurs. 3/16/06 The Apprentice School # L 2-7
L 3-11
Fri. 3/17/06 The Apprentice School # L 2-5
Fri. 3/17/06 Castleton State, VT # L 0-17
Sat. 3/18/06 Castleton State, VT # L 3-8
Sat. 3/18/06 The Apprentice School # L 4-16
Thurs. 3/23/06 US Merchant Marine W 11-5
Sun. 3/26/06 SUNY NEW PALTZ L 0-14
L 0-13
Tues. 3/28/06 College of Mount St. Mary's L 9-10
L 6-11
Sat. 4/1/06 KEUKA COLLEGE* L 4-7
L 4-7
Sun. 4/2/06 CAZENOVIA COLLEGE* L 10-16
L 1-5


Philadelphia Bible University*

W 2-1
L 3-5

W 7-4
Tues. 4/11/06 PENN ST. -BERKS UNIV.* L 6-8
W 7-5
Thurs. 4/13/06 US MERCHANT MARINE W 10-4
Mon. 4/17/06 Baruch College POSTPONED
W 20-8
Thurs. 4/20/06 CENTENARY COLLEGE L 3-6
Sun. 4/23/06 D'Youville College* POSTPONED
Tues. 4/25/06 LEHMAN COLLEGE W 10-2
Sat. 4/29/06 Baptist Bible College* W 13-0
W 12-0
Sun 4/30/06 Keystone College* L 1-17
L 3-6
Wed. 5/5/06 Manhattanville College L 3-20
Thurs. 5/4/06 SUNY Old Westbury L 2-5

*League Games
# Games played in Newport News, VA

2005 Men's Baseball Schedule

Wed. 3/2/05 Stevens Inst. of Technology L 4-18
Sat. 3/12/05 SUNY Maritime (DH) Cancelled
Wed. 3/30/05 LEHMAN COLLEGE Cancelled
Thu. 3/31/05 NY Polytechnic University (DH)* W 12-1


W 9-8
Thu. 4/7/05 JOHN JAY COLLEGE L 4-13
Sat. 4/9/05 Penn State Univ. - Berks-Lehigh Valley (DH)* L 1-4
W 3-2
Sun. 4/10/05 Villa Julie College (DH)* L 2-10
L 0-6
Wed. 4/13/05 VILLA JULIE COLLEGE (DH)* L 0-19
L 0-14
Fri. 4/15/05 OLD WESTBURY L 0-17
Sat. 4/16/05 Philadelphia Biblical University (DH)* L 1-11
L 3-13
Tue. 4/19/05 Lehman College Cancelled
Thu. 4/21/05 JOHN JAY COLLEGE L 9-29
W 8-4
Tue 4/26/05 City College of New York L 9-19
Mon. 5/2/05 BAPTIST BIBLE W 5-3
Wed. 5/4/05 FDU - Florham L
Sat. 5/7/04 VASSAR COLLEGE (DH) ^^ L, L

* Denotes NEAC Conference Game
^^ Senior Day

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