Rapp Knocks Six Hits as Baseball Wins Third Straight Downing Baruch

Francis Rapp finished 6-for-6 with 2 RBI and 2 runs, setting a Bears record for hits in a game.
Francis Rapp finished 6-for-6 with 2 RBI and 2 runs, setting a Bears record for hits in a game.

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — With a 6-for-6 day at the plate, senior Francis Rapp (Baldwin, N.Y./Oceanside) set a new Bears single-game hits record as the St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn) baseball team avenged a 4-3 loss to Baruch three weeks ago with a 13-7 win on Tuesday afternoon to remain undefeated at American Legion Field.

Freshman Vincent Juliano (Staten Island, N.Y./Tottenville) worked five innings in relief to earn his first collegiate victory on the mound and recently named Skyline Rookie of the Week Andrew Watters (Brooklyn, N.Y./Xaverian) closed out the win with his first collegiate save.

Game Info

  • Final Score: St. Joseph's 13, Baruch 7
  • Location: Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Field: American Legion Field
  • Records: St. Joseph's (12-13), Baruch (11-14)

How it Happened

  • SJC Starters: Pasetti (RF), Linitz (CF), Condon (C), Kennedy (1B), Rapp (SS), Schwartz (3B) DeFillippo (DH) Arroyo (2B) M. Camerada (LF) Pallatto (P)
  • Baruch scored first with a solo run in the first and two runs in the second, knocking six hits over the two frames and taking a 3-0 lead.
  • The Bears responded with three runs in the bottom of the second to tie the game and never fell behind again. After loading the bases with one out, Jonathan Arroyo started the scoring for the Bears with a single, Michael Camerada followed with another single and Kevin Linitz drew a bases-loaded walk to knot the game at 3-all.
  • After three in the second, St. Joseph's posted threes again in the third and fifth innings to take a 9-3 lead. In the third, the Bears knocked five straight hits, including doubles from Adam Schwartz and Arroyo. Linitz highlighted the fifth with a two-out, two-run single that knocked the Bearcat starter off the hill.
  • The Bears increased their lead to 11-4 after seven innings and the Bearcats started to generate some offense in the eighth. Knocking four hits and drawing a walk to score three runs to close the gap to 11-7, Andrew Watters entered with two outs and runners at the corners in a save situation and picked up the final out and worked a scoreless ninth to close out the victory.
  • St. Joseph's tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the eighth, Francis Rapp knocking a two-out RBI double to set the Bears single-game hits record.

Bears Highlights

  • Francis Rapp finished 6-for-6 with two RBI and two runs scored and a double.
  • Kevin Linitz was the top run producer with three RBI, batting 3-for-5 and scoring three times.
  • Jim Kennedy (3-for-5) and Jonathan Arroyo (3-for-3) both knocked a trio of hits and drove in a pair of runs. Arroyo also knocked his first double of the season.
  • Michael Camerada (2-for-4), Anthony DeFillippo (2-for-3), and John Condon (2-for-6) all knocked a pair of hits. DeFillippo scored three times and had a RBI, Camerada drove in a pair and scored once.  
  • Vincent Juliano entered in the second and worked five strong innings for his first collegiate win improving to 1-3. He allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits, struck out three and walked one.
  • Charlie Salvador tossed a scoreless inning in relief in the seventh allowing just one hit.
  • Andrew Watters fired a four-out save, allowing two hits and no runs.

The Bear Facts

  • Francis Rapp broke a record that was set five times previously—last by Mike Cundari in April 2014.
  • The Bears' 22 hits are tied for third-most in a single game. It's the most knocked by the Bears since belting 22 at Drew in May 2014.
  • The three-game winning streak is the longest of the season.
  • St. Joseph's has won three of the last four over Baruch and closes the Bearcat lead in the all-time series to 7-6.
  • After appearing in 58 straight games dating back to last season, Nicholas LoPrinzi missed today's game due to an injury sustained hit by a pitch in yesterday's game. Currently in third all-time in games played (146) and started (146), the senior needs five more starts and six more games played to take sole possession of the lead in both categories.

Next Up for St. Joseph's

Riding a three-game winning streak, the Bears will face their fourth straight CUNYAC foe heading to the College of Staten Island on Friday, April 21 for a non-conference matchup starting at 4 p.m. Live stats and video will be available on SJCBears.com.