The College of Staten Island spring sport assortment enjoyed a great week on the field of play, and capped it off on Monday by taking home a total of four weekly citations by the City University of New York Athletic Conference. Player of the Week honors were swept by CSI, as Pat Gale (baseball), Nicholas Zikos (tennis), and Kaitlyn Flynn (softball) all were cited. Joining the trio was baseball rookie sensation Joey Falcone, whose week merited Rookie of the Week honors.
On the softball diamond, CSI’s Flynn has been dynamic all year, and the junior was down-right phenomenal in CSI’s trio of games last week. In a pair of gritty one-run wins against New Jersey City University, the third-baseman went 4-for-7 with three RBI and a pair of runs scored. Two days later, CSI ripped Baruch College, 11-1, and Flynn was overpowering again, going 2-for-3 at the dish with a pair of RBI and runs scored, also walking once. For the week, she batted .600 with five RBI and four runs scored.
Including a pair of wins yesterday over CUNYAC-rivals Brooklyn College, Flynn is now batting a robust .570, and slugging .861. The junior has also added team-highs in hits (45), doubles (6), triples (4), homeruns (3), and walks (9). Her .570 batting average would be the single-season highest in CSI history should it hold up.
A few paces over to the baseball diamond sees Gale and Falcone earn weekly honors. The Dolphins went 1-2 on the week, losing a pair of tough non-conference matches before rebounding with a 3-1 win over CCNY on Saturday. The win featured a stellar performance from Pat Gale, who threw a complete game two-hitter, fanning 11. Gale is second all-time at CSI with 20 wins and now needs just 13 strikeouts to become the 29th NCAA Division III player to record 300 in a career. On the season, he holds a 4-3 overall record with a 2.40 ERA. The senior southpaw has fanned 64 batters next to just 23 walks in 45 innings pitched.
At the dish, Falcone put up an admirable week. After going 0-for-2 with a walk against William Paterson, Falcone responded with a 1-for-1 perfomance over FDU-Florham with a run scored. In the win over CCNY, Falcone went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, lifting his season batting average to .310.
No team had a better week last week than the Dolphins tennis squad, which posted a 4-0 mark, running their season-long winning streak to seven games. Zikos was instrumental in the win, going 3-1 in his singles matches and a perfect in doubles. Zikos played each of the singles and doubles flights in the No. 1 spot, and as a freshman holds an 11-5 record this season in singles play, along with a 12-4 doubles mark.