CSI SOFTBALL GAINS SPLIT WITH NJCU

Danielle Locke's 3-4 performance in the second game, with a three-run homer, highlighted the afternoon.

The College of Staten Island women’s softball team earned their second straight doubleheader split in as many days, this time doing it on the road against New Jersey City University on Thursday afternoon in a non-conference twinbill. NJCU took the opener, 11-0, before CSI staged a 13-8 victory in the second installment. The Dolphins ran their record to 6-7 overall, while NJCU now stands at 10-11.

NJCU ripped out a 7-0 lead after the first two frames of the opener against CSI starter Victoria Procopio, who went the distance in the loss. Marissa Barisso did the damage in the first inning with a three-run homerun to left centerfield. In the second frame, the Gothic Knights were able to load the bases with two out for Juliana Jacobson, who towered a grand-slam homer to right field, giving the Knights the 7-0 edge.

The Dolphins stranded a pair of baserunners from there, but otherwise NJCU starter Ashley O’Beirne plugged away, allowing just five Dolphins hits, fanning a pair in the five-inning win. Faith Ely and Stephanie Murphy RBI-singles highlighted a NJCU four-run fourth inning to complete the scoring.

After not scoring a run in the opener, the Dolphins erupted for 13 in the second contest. CSI starter Brittany Smith allowed a Maxine Kaminski RBI-double in the first to give the Knights a 1-0 lead, but CSI responded with a four-spot in the second frame off of O’Beirne. Danielle Locke started the barrage with an infield RBI base hit that scored Christina Tufano who started the inning off with a walk and was moved to third on a Samantha Tallerine double. Back-to-back sac bunt RBI’s by Taylor Kaplan and Chyanne Gilliam, and an NJCU error then allowed three more runs to come in to give CSI a 4-1 lead.

NJCU responded with a run in the second to make it 4-2, before CSI scored 9 runs in the third frame to put the game seemingly out of reach. Locke scored CSI’s second homer of the season, framing a shot to right-center that scored three runs and gave CSI a 7-2 lead. A two-RBI single by Stefanie Solari did more damage, as did a Maxine Jasko double and RBI singles from Tufano and Tallerine.

NJCU tried to rally, scoring a pair in the fourth, one in the fifth, and two more in the sixth, but the Knights also left a total of seven runners on base, and Smith retired the Knights in order in the seventh to earn her second career win. CSI scattered 12 hits, which included a 3-4 performance from Locke with 4 RBI.

The Dolphins are back in action on Saturday, hosting St. Joseph’s College-Brooklyn in a 3pm doubleheader at the CSI Softball Complex.

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