The College of Staten Island men’s baseball team swept visiting Yeshiva University on Tuesday night in it’s first CUNYAC doubleheader of the young season at the CSI Baseball Complex. Game one finished with a score of 14-2, while game two ended in a 5-4 CSI win. The Dolphins are now 2-0 in CUNYAC and 6-6 overall, riding a five-game win streak.
After Nick Tingos struck-out the side in the top half of the first inning of game one, the Dolphins jumped out to a 2-0 lead, led by a Matthew Morales RBI-single in the bottom half of the frame. The Dolphins weren’t finished as they scored seven more runs in the bottom of the second to push the lead to 9-0, powered by a Joe Falcone three-run homerun blast to right field (his first and teams first of the season).
The Maccabees rallied to push across two runs in the top half of the third with a lead off double and then single by Ladenheim and Weiner, respectively. Later in the inning Schwartz smacked a two-run single to left field to cut the Dolphins lead to 9-2. CSI got those two runs right back in their half of the inning with a lead off double by Bryan Moreno who then scored off of an infield error. After Pat Gale drew a walk, another error pushed the Dolphins lead to 11-2.
The Dolphins pushed the lead even further with a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth to put the score at 14-2. The Maccabees were shut down after the fourth, not picking up a single hit.
Tingos picked up the win pitching a complete game with 15 strikeouts while allowing only four hits.
Game two started well for the Maccabees as they posted three hits in the top of the first, but a successful pick off by Casey Mulligan, a strikeout and good Dolphins defense prevented a run from coming across. The Dolphins also started hot ripping three straight singles by Moreno, Henry Roman, and Gale to start their bottom half of the first, but a good defensive play by the Maccabees prevented a potential run from scoring; Shortly after, Falcone hit a sacrifice fly to left field to put the Dolphins ahead 1-0.
After the Dolphins picked up one run in the second inning they picked up two more in the third inning boosted by four Dolphin singles with RBI’s from Morales and Mark Glennerster to put the lead at 4-0. The Maccabees stormed back in the fourth with RBI’s by Ciment, Weiner and Stone as Mulligan was knocked out after walking two and giving up two hits before inning’s end which pinched the Dolphins lead to one, 4-3.
After a couple of Maccabee errors in the 4th the Dolphins plated one more run to lengthen their lead to 5-3. The Maccabees weren’t going away as they pulled a run across in the fifth off of Matusiewicz from the bat of Volk that knocked Matusiewicz out of the game and shrunk the Dolphins lead to 5-4; Jeff Pontebbi came in for relief, striking-out a batter and producing a ground out to end the inning.
After a quiet sixth inning for both teams, Pontebbi struggled in the top of 7th allowing two hits to start the inning but settled down to pick up the save in the end.
Matusiewicz picked up the win pitching only 0.2 of an inning; as Pontebbi took the save pitching 2.2 inning and striking out 4 down the stretch.
At day’s end, Sal Todaro led with four hits and five RBI. Moreno had seven hits and three runs scored with Falcone regstering four RBI including his three-run homer.