A New Beginning for NYIT Baseball

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The NYIT Bears baseball season is about to commence, the first year under Head Coach Bob Malvagna, who is bringing his expertise of the game to NYIT.  Led by Seniors Ali Rodriguez and Jose Checo, this Bears team hopes to eliminate the painful memories of last year’s performance. “It was hard least year, struggling through those games,” said senior Ali Rodriguez, who is returning for his fourth and final year. “Hopefully with Coach’s [Malvagna] enhanced practice and a new practice facility in Glen Cove, we’ll have a sizeable advantage when going into next season. Rodriguez who only started in 31 games last year, hopes for a better season in which he could stay injury free. “Those games I missed are actually motivating me for this upcoming season. It gives me a chance to recover and finish up my collegiate career and end on a positive note.”

The Bears last season suffered one of their worst seasons in school history, compiling a 5-43 record and going only 2-22 against Great West Conference opponents.  Bob Malvagna and his new coaching staff hope to turn a corner and compete in both conference and Division I play. “We’re just need to mentally focus throughout the year,” says Malvagna. “This team has a lot of good elements that were shown last year, but not executed well. If we can stay healthy and focused, then we can strive to compete out there every single day.” Coach Malvagna is a former Division I baseball player, having graduated and played for the St.John’s Red Storm team back in the late 1970’s and has had experience at Adelphi University and Queensborough Community College where captured the 2012 CUNY Championship as a member of their coaching staff.

While there are many familiar faces returning to the lineup, there are also many new selection of players recruited to play for Malvagna this season. When asked about his roster, coach Malvagna stated. “We’re glad to see some new faces and a lot of the sophomore’s returning this year.” I think we have a balanced blend of experience and youth that should help us compete in every game this season.”  Malvagna has also recruited students from other colleges, including Joe Daru and Christopher Rula, who have had success at their former schools and other baseball ventures.

The Bears start their season in Cincinnati on March 1st with a four game series with the Bearcats of the Big East Conference and continue on the road until the first home game on April 5th against their Great West Conference opponents, the UT-Pan Americans.

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