Ray Bartoli graduated West Point and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army Saturday.
Five days later, Bartoli delivered in one of the most pressured-filled situations.
In a winner-take-it game with his college baseball career on the line, Bartoli fired a six-hitter to lift the Black Knights to a 6-1 victory over Lehigh and send Army to its third straight Patriot League championship and berth in the NCAA tournament. The senior right-hander struck out five and didn’t walk a batter in a 121-pitch performance.
Bartoli’s first complete game of his career helped Army (28-23) rebound from a 3-1 Game 2 setback earlier in the day.
Tournament MVP Ross Friedrick completed Army’s scoring with a two-run home run in the ninth inning. Army produced its first four runs with two sacrifice flies, a walk and a fielder’s choice.
Senior third baseman Anthony Giachin (2-for-4) was named the all-tournament team for the third time and catcher also made the all-tournament team. Hunter Meade and Nick Manesis each had two hits and two RBI for the Black Knights.