The College of Staten Island men’s baseball squad has followed up a six game win streak by falling for the second straight time, this time succumbing to No. 4 Kean University in Union, New Jersey, 12-1, in non-conference action. Junior Joe O’Connor was a perfect 4-for-4 with four RBI on the afternoon, falling a homerun shy of the cycle as he recorded three extra base hits, including his 13th career triple, setting a new Cougar career standard in that category. Kean improved to 17-5 overall while CSI fell to 12-9 this season.
The Cougars used a steady scoring attack, plating runs in five separate frames. O’Connor made it 2-0 in the first with his first hit of the afternoon, a triple, off of CSI starter Robert Jannace. He would extend that lead to 3-0 with an RBI double in the third and copied that at-bat again in the fifth to make is 5-0.
Kean put the game out of reach with a four spot in the sixth inning. Senior Nick Ramagli lofted a two RBI single, followed by an RBI single from O’Connor. Rookie Aaron MacKenzie pushed the lead to double-digits with an RBI single into left.
Sophomore Andy Lopez registered four hits with four runs scored and an RBI while freshman Ryan Kelley collected two RBI with two hits.
Freshman Andrew Torres (1-0) earned his first collegiate win with a seven inning performance. He allowed one unearned run with five hits and five strikeouts. Jannace (0-2) suffered the loss for CSI. Jannace allowed two runs in two innings of work with three hits.
Offensively for the Dolphins, rookie John Baggs and sophomore Joseph Cespuglio recorded two hits apiece.
CSI is back in action on Saturday, when they host John Jay College in a conference doubleheader, beginning at 12 Noon, at the CSI Baseball Complex.
– Story courtesy of Kean University Sports Information.