In a game where both team battled the elements, the College of Staten Island men’s baseball squad got the better of New Jersey City University, as the Dolphins survived the Gothic Knights, 7-3, in a single, non-conference, affair played this evening at the CSI Baseball Complex. Breaking a modest two-game skid, the Dolphins improved to 12-10 overall, while the Gothic Knights fell to 4-15.
CSI starter Richard Anderson went the distance for the Dolphins, earning the win while allowing only four hits, fanning five and walking only one to improve to 3-1 this season on the hill. Meanwhile, Anderson got the all the run support he needed via a six-run second inning where the Dolphins did a host of their damage on four hits and two key errors, as three of the Dolphins’ runs came unearned.
Matthew Morales and Mark Glennerster started the inning off with base hits off of NJCU starter Alvin Carrasco, and Sal Todaro followed with a walk to load the bags. Francis Torres hit a sharp grounder back up the middle, but Carrasco went for the play at home and came up empty as the ball sailed high on catcher Francisco Ramirez, allowing the game’s first two runs to cross. Bryan Moreno’s RBI-single and a two-RBI single through the right side of the infield by Pat Gale sandwiched an RBI-groundout by Henry Roman. Carrasco finally got Glennerster, CSI’s 10th batter of the inning to strike out with a pair of runners on base to stop the bleeding at 6-0.
NJCU finally touched Anderson for a run in the fourth, and added another in the top of the sixth frame via a Francisco Ramirez groundout that scored Jordan Tetrick, who earlier in the inning was plunked by Anderson. CSI got the run back in their turn in the sixth, however, when Roman hit a sac fly to deep left field, scoring Dan Lynch, who led off the inning with a single and steal of second base.
After Anderson got the Knights out in order in each of the next two innings, NJCU did score a run in the ninth, but Anderson responded with a ground ball double-play and a strikeout to end the potential rally as a steady rain poured down.
Lynch posted CSI’s only-multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 at the dish with a pair of runs scored.
CSI will return to action on Saturday afternoon, when they travel to American Legion Field in Brooklyn for a conference doubleheader with John Jay College, beginning at 12 Noon.