One of the most reliable and dominant pitchers in the history of Ithaca baseball, Chris Rauth was a three-year starter in the mid-1980s under Hall of Fame coach George Valesente.
From 1983-85, Rauth guided the Bombers to an overall record of 91-26-1 and a trip to the College World Series in 1985. During that season, Ithaca went 38-12-1 and finished third in the country.
Rauth produced his best season in 1985, as he posted a 12-3 record with 93 strikeouts in 102.1 innings pitched and 10 complete games. In the first game of the World Series, a 14-3 win over Redlands, he tossed eight innings and allowed just three hits with six strikeouts. Rauth would be named ABCA First-Team All-American at the end of the season.
He still owns single-season school records in strikeouts, complete games and innings pitched. Rauth is tied for first with 20 career complete games and ranks sixth with 188 career strikeouts.
Rauth would continue his baseball career as he was drafted in the 15th Round by the New York Mets in 1985. He played seven seasons in the Minor League system, reaching Triple-A in 1992, and finished his career with 48 victories and 24 complete games over 146 starts.