Glassboro, NJ | The College of Staten Island softball team saw their 2018 season come to a close this afternoon, falling hard to host Rowan University as part of Day Two of the NCAA Division III Softball Championship Regional Round, 13-0.
After a delayed start due to the morning rains, it was all Rowan from start to finish, in a game that was called after five innings. Rowan scored from the second inning on, topping out with eight runs in the top of the fifth inning to put the Dolphins away, no-hitting CSI in the process.
CSI starter Nicolette Trapani surrendered a first-inning walk, but was able to get out of the frame unscathed, and the score remained tied when Jesse DeDomenico struck out the CSI side in their side of the frame.
That introduced the second inning and the runs began to flood in. With one out and two runners on thanks to a hit by pitch and single, MacKenzie Short posted a double to left-center field, scoring two runs to open the scoring. Short later advanced to third on a Kristina Mueller single, and then was plated when Mueller was caught stealing moments later. That gave Rowan all of the offense it needed, up 3-0 after two innings.
A bases-loaded walk by reliever Alison Meagher in the top of the third inning, made it 4-0, and after escaping the inning Meagher loaded the bases again in the fifth and yielded an RBI-groundout to get the Profs up by a 5-0 count.
Up by a bunch, DeDomenico retired CSI again in the fourth before Rowan’s huge fifth inning put the game away.
Short, Carly Anderson, DeDomenico, Morgan Smith, Cassandra Girardi and Kelly Duffy each recorded RBI hits and Sonia Smith capped the onslaught with a two-RBI single to make it 13-0.
DeDomenico was lifted in the bottom of the fifth for Lauren Shannon, getting the Dolphins down in order to give Rown the shortened-game victory.
Rowan out-hit CSI, 15-0, Led by Smith’s 3-for-3 performance, adding three RBI and two runs scored. DeDomenico, Cassandra Girard, Short and Mueller each posted two hits.
With the loss, the Dolphins finalized their season at 23-12, making their 11th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, including their sixth-straight thanks to their sixth consecutive CUNYAC Championship last weekend.