In a scheduled doubleheader that was sure to carry playoff implications, the College of Staten Island women’s softball team took down CUNYAC-Champ Baruch College, 11-1, in game one of their set, with game two being rained out, in the match-up played at the CSI Softball Complex. Playing as the visiting team, CSI improved to 13-8 overall and a perfect 5-0 in the CUNYAC, while the Bearcats fell to 8-13, 5-2, respectively. The second game of the doubleheader, which was never started, will be made up this week, although a date and time has not been decided on.
In a rematch of last year’s CUNYAC final, it was all Dolphins from the opening pitch, as CSI scored in every inning of the five-inning shortened game. The Dolphins started by plating three runs in a wild first inning. With the wind playing havoc on fly balls, a misjudged pop up at second base led to a Kristi Dillon single to start the game, and one batter later, Diana Stout legged out a sac bunt. Katelyn Flynn then launched a rocket to centerfield that was also misplayed off of the fielder’s glove allowing both Dillon and Stout to score. Joanna Tepedino then blooped a single over third base, scoring Flynn, to complete the scoring off of Baruch starter Nicole Flint.
An Idelissa Lluveres RBI single scored Melanie Pellegrino for Baruch in the first off of CSI starter Danielle Ponsiglione, but CSI rebounded to score another three runs in the second aided by a Baruch error and RBI singles from Dillon and Raechel Strobel. A Flynn towering double scored Dillon in the third inning, and then CSI added another three runs in the fourth inning, this time off of crisp RBI singles from Michelle Ferraiuolo and Jennifer Volpe. For good measure, a Tepedino RBI fielder’s choice allowed Flynn to sore in the fifth to tidy up the scoring.
As Ponsiglione held Baruch to just three hits, CSI scattered 14 in the five innings, including three each by Dillon and Stout.
CSI will return to action on Monday afternoon at 1:30pm, when they take on Brooklyn College for a doubleheader at the CSI Softball Complex.