The College of Staten Island men’s baseball squad scored eight unanswered runs to score a come-from-behind, 11-8, win over Lehman College as part of non-conference play in the Bronx, NY, earlier today. CSI improved to 10-7 overall, and completed a three-game sweep over the Lightning in the season series, while LC fell to 2-9. CSI defeated Lehman twice on Saturday, 14-0, and 13-9, in the two games that did count toward the CUNYAC standings.
Lehman drew first blood against CSI starter Josh Bernstein, as Christopher Lopez belted a two-run homerun to give LC a 2-0 lead after an inning of play. The homerun derby continued in the third, only this time, Frank Muzzio belted a solo shot to right field, and after Frank Smith reached base, Glenn Glennerster hit his first homer to left field, making it 3-2 CSI.
The Lightning took over from there, chasing Bernstein, taking a 6-3 lead with a four-run third inning. Socrates Arevalo highlighted things with a two-run single.
Then CSI mounted its steady comeback. In the fourth, CSI came roaring back, tying it on a Smith single that scored Nick Delprete, and then Glennerster gave CSI the lead back with a single that scored Smith. The Dolphins added single runs in the fifth and sixth, with Glennerster completing an unbelievable day with yet another homerun, making it 9-6. A Delprete RBI triple highlighted a two-run seventh to make it 11-6.
CSI reliever Jeff Manzi had a nice cushion, but Lehman made it interesting with a run in the seventh and the 9th, to make it an 11-8 final.
CSI out-hit Lehman, 14-9, led by Glennerster, who went 3-4 with two homeruns, four RBI, and two runs scored. Manzi got the win in relief, tossing 6.2 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits, striking out seven.
The Dolphins are next in action tomorrow afternoon, when they host Ramapo College at the CSI Baseball Complex, at 4pm.