New York Institute Of Technology Bears

04/09/2014, 7:45pm EDT
By NYIT Stats Information Department; Photos By NYIT Athletics

“We are in the early stages of rebuilding, having graduated nine seniors. We have brought in some very talented freshmen who will learn as we go. Teaching and stressing the fundamentals will be key until we find out what type of team we will be. Solid up the middle with key returning players will help the freshmen along. Any improvement on last year will be a plus.”– Bob Malvagna, Head Coach


Nick Sebastian

Nick Sebastian

The NYIT Bears will once again begin a new era in 2014 as they return to Independent status and will play all their home games on a brand new, state-of-the-art turf facility. Last season, under the direction of first-year head coach Bob Malvagna, NYIT went 10-47. In their final season with the Great West Conference, the Bears finished seventh overall with an 8-20 mark. For his efforts, Ali Rodriguez (B.S. 2013) was named First Team All-GWC and five Bears – J.P. Lipovac, Robert Loftus, Michael Fermin, Nick Sebastian, and James Bulva – received GWC All-Academic Team honors.

NYIT doubled its wins total in 2013 after suffering one of the worst seasons in school history (5-46 in 2012). Malvagna earned his first win at the NCAA Division I level with a 6-2 decision at Fairleigh Dickinson (3/16/13). This season, the Bears will battle a series of familiar foes including Albany (Mar. 8-9), FDU (Mar. 29-30), St. John’s (Apr. 18-19), Hofstra (Apr. 2, 15), and Manhattan (Mar. 12 & Apr. 22) to name a few. NYIT will also tackle former GWC opponent NJIT for five games this season (Apr. 5-6 & May 11), while reigniting old rivalries with Maine (Apr. 25-27), Penn State (Mar.18-19), and Delaware State (May 9-10). 
While there are many familiar faces returning to the lineup – Joe Daru (OF), Josh Canabal (INF), Brennen Forster (RHP), Tommy Cardona (RHP) – there is also a large group of new faces including the 2013 Nassau County Diamond Award Position Player recipient Anthony Martelli (Valley Stream North) and Tom Joannou (Calhoun HS) who have had success at their former schools and other baseball ventures.

Player Spotlight

Nick Sebastian appeared in 44 games with 43 starts last season and was second on the team with three home runs. He batted .209 for the season with 12 runs, four doubles and a .945 fielding percentage. Sebastian serves as one of the baseball team’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) representatives and was named a Great West Conference All-Academic team selection in 2013.
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