Playing their second doubleheader in as many days, the College of Staten Island men’s baseball team was able to take one game against New York University as part of non-conference play at MCU Ballpark in Brooklyn, NY. CSI won the opening game, 7-5, before falling in the second contest, 7-2. CSI is now 21-11 with the split, while NYU sits at 19-20.
Mike Fitzpatrick got the start and went the distance for the Dolphins in the opener, giving up only a pair of earned runs on seven hits while fanning five in the win. CSI took a 2-0 lead in the second inning, as Nick Delprete laced a two-RBI single, scoring Frank Sconzo and Joe Palmeri. The good feelings didn’t last long, however, as NYU pounced on CSI for four runs in their turn of the second, with two of the runs crossing unearned.
It took a few more innings but CSI got even in the fifth inning, first using a Glenn Glennerster triple, and then earning another via error. The game then moved into the last inning and CSI erupted again for three runs. Frank Muzzio scored the first run, plated by Frank Smith after an inning-opening double. After a pitching change, Palmeri doubled home Smith and then Palmeri came around on a George Kantzian single.
Fitzpatrick ran into some trouble in the seventh, as CJ Picerni got on via an error and was plated by Michael Vokulich. But Fitzpatrick settled from there to earn the complete game win.
Starter Frank Serapillo took the loss for NYU. Both teams scattered seven hits in the game. Muzzio went 2-3 at the dish with two runs scored.
CSI had a tougher go of it offensively in the second game, falling behind early. NYU scored a pair of runs on CSI starter Juan Rodriguez, led by Jonathan Iaicone’s RBI-single to make it 2-0 after one. Palmeri added another RBI-double to make it 2-1 in the second, but NYU would score the next three runs to make it 5-1, going into the 6th inning.
Yet again, Palmeri doubled in a run, this time chasing in Glennerster to make it 5-2 but CSI stalled from there. NYU scored a pair of insurance markers charged to Anthony Storz in the sixth, with one coming in unearned.
Rodriguez took the loss, going just three innings while Jacob Bader won it for NYU, tossing six innings, allowing five hits.
CSI will be back in action on Wednesday, April 29, when they host New Jersey City University for a single game at 4pm as part of Senior Day at the College.