DOLPHINS CLIP THE EAGLES, 6-5 AND 4-2.

Dolphins prevail over St. Joseph’s College – LI tonight in a pair of very competitive games. In game one the Dolphins had a late lead that they almost squandered but were able to come out victorious.  Game two saw a low scoring game with 16 combined hits and just six runs with each team committing an error. Staten Island improved to 27-10 overall with the wins while St. Joseph’s College – LI fell to 16-18 with the pair of losses.
 
The Dolphins won their fifth and sixth consecutive games tonight in nail biting fashion.  Staten Island had an early 1-0 lead before the Eagles quickly erased that deficit in the very next inning.  In the fourth inning the Dolphins quickly got on the bases with a pair of hits by Maxine Jasko and Samantha Bowbliss.  Kristy Colangelo cleared the bases with a double to right center to drive in Jasko and Bowbliss to put the Dolphins back in the lead.
 
CSI went on to score three more runs over the next two innings to build up what they thought would be a comfortable lead.  The Eagles had other things in mind when they got things started by rifling a triple into center field when Brittany Smith attempted a diving catch but failed to complete the catch allowing Boccio to reach third.  Arbiter, the next batter for the Eagles, crushed a double to center field to bring home Boccio and bring the Eagles within four runs.
 
The Dolphins had an opportunity to get a second out and slow down the hitting power of the Eagles but an error by Chyanne Gilliam at first allowed Leun to reach safely.  With two outs and a runner on first and third Tierney came to the plate for a long battle and continued to threaten by hitting deep foul balls.  Tierney was finally able to straighten one out and hit a laser over the left field wall for a three run homerun to bring the Eagles within just one run. 
 
Nicolette Trapani was able to zone in and get the Dolphins out of game one with a win when she struck out McClafferty looking for her third strikeout of the game.
 
Bowbliss got her second career start in the circle tonight and secured her first win as a collegiate pitcher. Bowbliss went the distance in game two and struck out five batters and allowed 2 runs on 8 hits.
 
Game two wasn’t a hit filled game like game one the pitchers kept the batters hitting into outs which lead to a low 4-2 final score.
 
The Dolphins were first on the board when Christina Tufano, CSI’s single-season RBI leader, drove in Smith who was on second.  Danielle Locke bounced back in game two and went 3-for-3 with 2 RBIs and acquired her first RBI in the first inning when she singled to right field and scored Tufano.
 
St. Joseph’s College – LI would go on to tie the game the very next inning before each team would go scoreless for the next two innings.  The Dolphins finally broke the stalemate in the fifth inning when a pair of doubles by Gilliam and Tufano got the Dolphins on the bases before eventually scoring the winning runs.
The Dolphins will enter the CUNYAC Postseason Tournament on Friday as the No. 1 seed and will look to claim their third championship in a row.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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