The College of Staten Island got a win streak in order at the expense of John Jay College, turning back the visitors by 17-3 & 7-3 scores in a doubleheader played at the CSI Baseball Complex. Although both teams play within the CUNYAC, the doubleheader did not count towards the conference standings. CSI extended to 5-6 with the winning pair, while the Bloodhounds dropped to a season-opening 0-8.
In the opener, the Dolphins scored a pair of runs in the bottom half of the first on a two-RBI double by Frank Muzzio, giving starting pitcher Juan Rodriguez a nice cushion in his first career start. After Rodriguez got out of a jam in the top half of the second, CSI exploded for six runs in the second inning, blowing the game open.
Muzzio started the rally with a two-RBI single that plated Frank Sconzo and Phil Ciprello, and then Joe Palmeri followed with a two-RBI double of his own. That would chase JJC starter Charles Mendes, but it didn’t do much good, as up stepped Frank Smith for CSI, who launched a towering shot over the right field wall for a two-run homer, giving CSI an 8-0 lead.
CSI would tack on 9 more runs in the fourth inning, before JJC finally touched Rodriguez for three runs in the fifth. Chris Moran and Greg Manassa would add RBI-pinch hits in the big fourth inning. Rodriguez went the entire way for CSI in the win, allowing eight hits, a single walk, while fanning five. Joe Gregory pitched solidly in relief for John Jay, tossing 2.2 scoreless innings. Nick Delprete, Muzzio, Palmeri, and Smith all finished with two hits apiece to lead CSI.
In the second contest, CSI once again got out to a big lead early. After single runs in the first and second, CSI powered to four runs in the third inning off of JJC starter Michael Wang. George Kantzian stroked an RBI single in the frame, and Palmeri’s two-RBI double scored Kantzian and Sconzo to open things up. That proved enough for CSI starter Jeff Manzi to earn the win.
Manzi pitched 4.2 innings for the win, but was chased in the fifth when CSI committed a whopping five errors in the frame, leading to a pair of unearned runs to cross for JJC. Jason Failla came on and pitched well, going 2.1 innings of relief, surrendering only a hit while fanning three. CSI out-hit JJC, 10-7, led by Palmeri’s 3-3 performance with two RBI.
CSI will be back on the field again tomorrow, hosting Kean University at the CSI Baseball Complex for a single non-conference contest, starting at 4:00pm.