The State University of New York at New Paltz baseball team was excited to begin a bounce-back season in 2020, led by its senior leaders in ace Anthony Amorso, reigning All-SUNYAC selection Matthew McGee, outfielders Julian Francisco and Matt Warshaw, pitchers Justin Halper and Mat Triebel, and catcher Reid Oreste. The Hawks began the year in promising fashion, earning exciting wins over Mount Saint Mary College and Scranton to start the season at 2-2 overall. Their victory over the Knights came in extra innings to even the two-game series to open up the year, while SUNY New Paltz came from behind to earn a 4-3 win over the Royals.
Unfortunately, the Hawks season was cut short with their seven seniors possibly playing their final game against Scranton March 11. SUNY New Paltz coach Thomas Seay spoke highly of all seven men of his 2020 senior class, as he had the opportunity to coach each of them for two seasons since he took over the program starting in the fall of 2018.
“I can’t begin to thank these seniors for what they have meant to the program, their teammates, and me and my coaching staff over the last two years,” Seay said. “It’s because of these seven men that our program is trending in an upward trajectory. Their willingness to buy into the staff’s philosophies of how to go about their business on and off the field has laid the foundation for future championships, and that can not and should not go unnoticed. My door is always open to these men, and I can’t wait to share in their life’s successes for many years to come. They are a remarkable group. As the NCAA outlines its plans for eligibility over the next few weeks and months, my hope is each of these seven men will consider returning for another year. Honestly, that’s me being selfish because I so enjoyed working with and mentoring this group. And I hate that their final season was cut short.”
Take a look at all seven individuals of the Hawks’ 2020 senior class below: