The College of Staten Island men’s baseball team gave a valiant effort this afternoon, but in the end it was Ramapo College scoring a 3-1 win over the Dolphins as part of non-conference play in Mahwah, NJ. The Dolphins dipped to 10-8 overall this season, while the Roadrunners extended to 13-7-1.
Ramapo scored two runs in their half of the first inning against starter Ryan Kennedy, and that’s essentially all that the home squad would need, as they rode a complete-game gem by hurler Tyler Curto, who allowed just one run on five hits, fanning a pair in the game.
The two-run first started with two outs. With the bases-loaded, Scott Peschiani singled to centerfield to score both Joe Venturino and Ian Osterman, making it 2-0. After yielding a pair of stolen bases, Kennedy got Garrett Luna to ground out to end the frame, but the damage was done.
From there, the game turned into a pitcher’s duel. Kennedy would pitch five solid innings, and in the third, CSI got one run back on a Will DiFede sac fly that chased home Joe Palmeri, who had earned on via a walk. Still, the Dolphins stranded a pair of runners, part of eight on the afternoon by CSI.
Ramapo got the run back in the fifth when Peschiani was walked with the bases loaded, making it 3-1. Then Curto took center stage. The pitcher retired 12 of CSI’s final 14 hitters, allowing only a walk and a single in the final four frames, earning the win.
Ramapo out-hit CSI for the game, 8-5. Mike Fitzpatrick, Anthony Storz and Chris Falcone all pitched one inning of relief for the Dolphins, allowing only a single hit in the process.
CSI is back in action on tomorrow afternoon when they face St. Joseph’s College of Brooklyn at 4pm at MCU Ballpark in Brooklyn. It will be the third meeting between the two teams, with both teams having taken one game apiece.