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When the baseball team landed in California for its annual spring break trip, it was at a severe disadvantage. Because of Ithaca’s unpredictable weather conditions, the Bombers had yet to step on a grass field this season. Before March 25, the Blue and Gold had not practiced on Freeman Field. Instead, they had relied on…
Zach Pidgeon toes the pitching rubber with the metal tip of his cleat. Inhaling, he checks to make sure the runner on first base is not about to steal. As he turns back to face his current batter, he focuses his attention on the catcher’s mitt, which is centered over home plate. He calmly brings…
Columnist Nathan Bickell talks to Ithaca College baseball coach George Valesente about the Washington Nationals’ decision to shut down pitcher Stephen Strasburg before the MLB playoffs.
The baseball team (21–8–1 overall, 10—4 Empire 8) swept its doubleheader Saturday against the Stevens Institute of Technology (20—15 overall, 5—8 Empire 8) on Freeman Field.
When Head Coach George Valesente is congratulated for the baseball team’s many achievements during his 34-year tenure, he is always quick to deflect praise to his assistant coaching staff.
In the midst of a four-game losing streak, the Bombers traveled to SUNY-Oneonta (14—18 overall, 7—8 SUNYAC) yesterday where they defeated the Red Dragons 6–4. The win improved the South Hill squad’s record to 19–8–1 overall.
The baseball team returned to Empire 8 Conference play with a 1–0 road loss Friday against St. John Fisher College (20—8 overall, 5—4 Empire 8). The loss is the second in a row for the Blue and Gold and drops their record to 18–6–1 on the season and 8–2 in conference play.
The baseball team traveled to Utica College on Saturday and swept the host Pioneers in a doubleheader. The Bombers trailed in the first game but eventually won 12–6 and then defeated the Pioneers in the following game by the identical score.
While the baseball team is off to its best start in Empire 8 Conference play in three seasons, each player’s appearance is also speaking volumes about the Bombers’ unity this season.