The College of Staten Island Softball Team posted back to back wins today as the Dolphins defeated the Hunter College Hawks in a chilly CUNYAC doubleheader. With the 2-0 and 4-3 win, respectfully, the Dolphins climb to 20-10 overall and 11-1 in CUNYAC play while the Hawks drop to 16-20-2 overall and 6-4-1 CUNYAC. Today served as Senior Day at the CSI Softball complex, as six seniors were presented with gifts from the CSI Athletic Department and Softball team members and coaches at game’s end.
Game one began silently as both teams were scoreless after three innings. It wasn’t until the start of the 4th inning that Hunter led off with the first sounds of the game. Starting with Crissette Maxwell, the Hawks were able to get the first hit in. With the help of a fielder’s choice and an error on the Dolphins part, Hunter gave the Dolphins a scare with bases loaded and no outs. But that would be the last of the Hawks’ attempts for game one.
The Dolphins struck soon after with 2 runs on 3 hits in the bottom of the 4th inning. With Kaitlyn Flynn singling to left field, it was Joanna Tepedino with the RBI to bring Flynn home followed by Raechel Strobel with an RBI single to reach a 2-0 score. The Dolphins ended the Hawks chances in the top of the 7th inning with a strike out and double play. Pitcher, Danielle Ponsiglione, closed the door on Hunter by pitching a complete 7-inning game allowing just three hits with six strikeouts.
In game 2, Hunter came out swinging. Pressuring with two runs on two hits at the top of the 3rd inning, the Hawks topped the scoreboard at the start of the game. The Dolphins eager to bounce back, showed a fighting stance with a run and a hit to end the inning.
Arielle Zieff opened up another chance for the Hawks as she homered to left field to start the 4th inning. But that would be the final punch for Hunter in game two. CSI with the home field momentum knocked out a run in the 5th inning to inch closer and finally seal the deal with two runs on four hits at the bottom of the 6th inning. Pitcher Stefanie Solari took the game two win for the Dolphins as seniors Joanna Tepedino , Jennifer Volpe, Michelle Ferraiuolo and Jenna Schulman brought in the runs for the Dolphins.
Immediately following the doubleheader, the six seniors were presented with gifts and praise for their outstanding work on and off the field during their careers at the College of Staten Island. The following seniors were honored: Michelle Ferraiuolo, Jenna Schulman, Jill Castore, Jennifer Volpe, Joanna Tepedino and Raechel Strobel.
The Dolphins will travel to York College on Tuesday, April 26 in a 3:00 pm doubleheader.