Baruch wins CUNYAC playoff game
Donde blasts sixth home run, sets Bearcats' single-season mark
NEW YORK -- Baruch smacked three home runs to defeat John Jay 9-1 in a CUNYAC tournament playoff game on Wednesday afternoon at Field No. 36 on Randall’s Island.
"We got behind early, but the players battled back with timely hitting to take over the lead," Baruch head coach Jose Negroni said. "We also did not committ any errors and Nicole Flint pitched a one-hitter to get us the important win."
John Jay began the game by scoring a run during its first at-bat as Crystal Johnson hit a RBI double to score Kalyssa Daley.
The Bearcats quickly battled back in the bottom of the first with Olivia Auman blasting a three-run homer -- her fifth of the season -- to score Carmen Pagan-Colon and Toniann Donde.
Baruch added another blast in the third as Courtney White smacked a three-run homer, her second of the season, to score Kimberly Hernandez and Regina Cardinale for the 6-1 lead.
Donde hit her school-record sixth homer of the season over the center-field fence in the fourth inning for the 7-1 lead. Donde broke the record previously held by Melissa Pena, who hit five homers during each of the 2008 and 2010 seasons.
Donde ended the playoff game in the bottom of the fifth with a two-run double to score Melanie Pellegrino and Regina Cardinale for the walk-off victory via mercy rule in five innings.
Nicole Flint pitched a one-hitter with one earned run and six strikeouts behind a defense that did not commit any errors to complete the victory.