SOFTBALL RUNS CUNYAC STREAK WITH WINS OVER JOHN JAY

The College of Staten Island women’s softball team kept their CUNYAC unbeaten streak intact, posting a doubleheader win over conference-rivals John Jay College this afternoon at the CSI Softball Complex.  CSI served as the visitors on their home field posting 9-0, and 10-1 wins in games that lasted five innings apiece.  CSI runs their overall mark to 18-9 and 9-0 in CUNY, while the Bloodhounds fell to 7-15 overall and 2-6 in conference play.

After a scoreless first inning of game one, the Dolphins got starting pitcher Danielle Ponsiglione a two run lead in the second inning off of a Michelle Ferraiuolo RBI-groundout and RBI basehit from Ponsiglione, scoring Joanna Tepedino and Raechel Strobel.  CSI doubled their lead one inning later when Tepedino stroked an RBI-double to left-centerfield followed by a Kaitlyn Flynn sac fly.

After scoring a single digit in the fourth, CSI added four more in the fifth to finalize the damage.  Stefanie Solari punctuated the inning with a two-RBI double scoring both Flynn and Tepedino and shortly after, a Jenna Schulman single plated Solari.  CSI added an unearned run to score again.  John Jay had a baserunner in every inning, but Ponsiglione settled nicely for the complete game win, allowing only five hits while fanning nine.  Angela Lam took the loss for the Bloodhounds, tossing all five innings, allowing 9 runs (seven earned)  on 9 hits, walking one.  Tepedino finished 3-for-3 with three runs scored in the opener.

CSI scored in every inning in the second game, again going against JJC starter Angela Lam.  The Dolphins struck in the first with a Joanna Tepedino single, scoring Diana Stout, who also singled in the inning.  After CSI starter Ferraiuolo retired the Bloodhounds in order, the Dolphins scored three more runs in the second. A single through the right side of the infield by Jillian Castore did most of the damage, scoring a pair.

After CSI plated a run in the third inning to make it 5-0, Flynn highlighted the CSI fourth.  After Stout earned her way on base, the junior third baseman blasted a shot into right-centerfield and Flynn never hesitated on the base paths, legging out a two-run inside-the-park homerun, the 13th homer of her career, one short of the CSI career record.

John Jay finally touched for Ferraiuolo for a run in the fourth off of a Kaitlyn Walsh RBI-single, but the Dolphins answered with a pair of runs in the fifth aided by a pair of Bloodhounds errors and a Stout RBI-double.

Ferraiuolo merited the win with a complete-game three-hitter, walking two and fanning four.  Lam took the loss, allowing 10 runs (6 earned) with three walks and three strikeouts.

CSI will get right back to action tomorrow.  They will face Baruch College for a single game at 3pm tomorrow afternoon at the CSI Softball Complex.  CSI will be the visiting team in that contest and it will serve as a make-up to a previously rained out game last Saturday.

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