Baseball starts season on right foot

Carnegie Mellon?s club baseball team took advantage of its first four games, going 3?1 in that span to open up what looks to be another successful season for the growing organization.

The team started the year with a September 3 doubleheader sweep of the Robert Morris Colonials. Playing another doubleheader the next day, the Tartans split their two-game set against Penn State?Fayette. Both of Carnegie?s first two opponents were divisional foes.

The Tartans shut out Robert Morris 8?0 in the first game of the first doubleheader. Carnegie bats first came to life in the fifth inning when captain Matt Corbett?s clutch two-run single put CMU on the board.
The real story of the game, however, was the pitching performance of starter Dan Ruef, who threw a complete game ? an eight-inning shutout ? giving up only two hits and striking out 14. Five of the Colonials? final six outs came by way of a Ruef strikeout.

The Tartans? bats exploded again the second game, en route to a mercy-rule shortened 13?1 victory. Ruef, the hero of the first game as a pitcher, jumpstarted the Carnegie offense with an RBI double in the first, which was followed by C/1B Ryan Comes? two-run single. After giving up one run in a shaky first, starter Pete Sukits worked with his early five-run lead and decimated Robert Morris hitters for the
rest of the game. The match ended in the fifth inning, as the Tartans 12-run lead put the league?s mercy rule into effect.

In the first game of the team?s second doubleheader against Fayette, freshman starting pitcher Matt Coens burst onto the scene in his college debut. Coens threw all seven innings and held Fayette to just two runs. These two runs put the offense into a small hole early, but Carnegie Mellon?s hot bats pulled through. Infielder Jack Bader led a sixth inning along with Corbett for a six-run Tartan attack, leading the Tartans to a comeback victory, 6?2.

The team?s first loss came in the second game of the Fayette doubleheader, spoiling a solidly pitched game by starter Doug Peters. The game was tied at three in the sixth, but two costly fielding errors in the seventh lost the game for the Tartan men. Fayette?s game-winning run was unearned.

CMU?s four games were Claudio Reilsono?s first as the Tartans? head coach. ?We are happy with our wins ? happy but not content,? stated Reilsono. ?We know we can and will improve. I saw a lot of good things out there today. I liked our hustle. I liked the way we were on offense. I could not be happier for the team, and I know we are on our way to having a very successful season.?

Reilsono had previously served as head coach for Penn State?Beaver and Community College of Beaver County, and as an assistant coach for Duquesne University. The Tartans? new head coach was also the general manager and lead scout of the Global Scouting Bureau. He has signed more than 40 ballplayers to pro contracts.

Assistant Coach Randy Bowser was also brought into the picture this year, as Carnegie Mellon continues to demonstrate its commitment to the baseball program.

Through the Tartans? fourth game, first-year junior and centerfielder Jiheon Kim already boasts a team-leading eight RBIs, and Dan Ruef is batting at a .750 clip with five stolen bases to go along with his spectacular pitching statistics. Captain Matt Corbett is hitting .636 with seven RBIs.

No matter how impressive the team appears at the moment, coach Reilsono affirms of Carnegie?s baseball team ? ?the best is yet to come.?