Athlete of the Week: Ellis Bitar
This week, we chose baseball’s Ellis Bitar as Athlete of the Week after he hit two home runs to help the Big Red split a doubleheader at Penn. In Game One, Bitar went four for five at the plate to not only hit two runs but also recorded Cornell’s first six-RBI game in over 10 years to help beat the Quakers 10-9. In Game Two, Bitar hit another home run while also tallying an RBI in a 9-5 loss. The Big Red defeated Penn 7-6 in Game Three on Sunday. Cornell looks to continue its success at Binghamton on Tuesday.
BRSN: What was your mindset going into this past weekend?
EB: My mindset was pretty much the same it’s been all season: be aggressive and play hard. I’ve already put in the work and effort to prepare for games, so the mindset doesn’t need to change.
BRSN: How did you first get started with baseball, and what kept you in the sport?
EB: I started playing tee ball when I was four years old and I’ve loved the game ever since.
BRSN: Why did you choose Cornell?
EB: I chose Cornell because it was the best opportunity for me to continue my baseball career along with receiving a top-level education.
BRSN: What is your favorite baseball memory?
EB: I have a lot of great memories, but one of my favorite would have to be last Saturday at Penn when I hit three homers and drove in seven.
BRSN: What’s your favorite Cornell game that you’ve played in?
EB: Game One against Penn last weekend. Our bats were hot, and we jumped out to an early lead and secured the win. It also was a great atmosphere to play in.
BRSN: How do you like to prepare for games?
EB: I have the same routine before every game. After we stretch and take batting practice, I do several blocking and receiving drills, then warm up my shoulders with band exercises.
BRSN: What are your expectations for the rest of the season?
EB: My expectations are high for this team going forward. Our offense has begun to get hot, and pitching and defense is clicking, so I expect us to win a lot of games in the next three weeks.