New York, NY - The third-seeded CCNY (16-13, 11-7 CUNYAC) Beavers dropped the final two games of the 2007 CUNYAC Baseball Championship to John Jay this past Saturday at the College of Staten Island. The Beavers entered the finals with a 2-0 tournament record and were defeated by John Jay 13-4 and 10-5.
CCNY had an opportunity to sweep the tournament and earn their first CUNYAC Title since 1994, but John Jay won the first game forcing the seventh and deciding game for the win. This was the Beavers first trip to the CUNYAC Championship game since the return of Baseball to CCNY.
In the first game, John Jay took a 3-1 lead in the first inning. CCNY pitcher Leonel Ortiz took the loss after giving up 7 runs in two innings. After 3 innings John Jay took a commanding 7-1 lead and would not look back. The Beavers had a total of 4 runs, 6 hits and 4 RBIs for the game.
In the second and final game, CCNY starting pitcher Raul Hidalgo cruised through the first 2 innings but some key errors were made by the defense in the third inning, which cost CCNY 5 runs. Hidalgo was tagged for 7 unearned runs to suffer a tough loss.
Junior Richard Gomez was outstanding as he led CCNY’s offense throughout the entire tournament with a .555 (10-18) batting avg., 8 runs scored, 7 RBIs and 2 home runs.
CUNYAC First Team All-Star selections were awarded to seven CCNY players. Honors were received by Brian Padilla (catcher), Richard Gomez (third-baseman), Lucian Maldonado (right fielder), Ruben Zorrilla (center fielder), Jose Lopez (first-baseman), Tim Mena (DH), and ace pitcher Wilton Salazar.