Postgame Interviews – The College of Staten Island men’s baseball squad popped over the .500 mark for the first time since opening day, scoring a doubleheader sweep of Lehman College by scores of 14-0 and 13-9 as part of CUNYAC play at the Tomas D. Morales Baseball Field at CSI. Winners of seven of their last 9 games, CSI improved to 9-7 overall and 3-1 in CUNYAC play, while Lehman fell to 2-8, 0-2, respectively.
In the opener, CSI imposed their will on the Lightning behind a fantastic pitching effort from Brian Russell, who threw a complete game shutout, allowing just two hits and four base runners, fanning 11. Meanwhile a four-run first inning off of Lehman starter Stephen Smith was all the Dolphins needed. Frank Smith scored an RBI single that plated Nick Delprete, who earned on via a hit by pitch. After a run allowed due to a throwing error, Glen Glennerster stroked a triple to right field over the head of charging outfielder Danny Rodriguez to score two more batters.
CSI added seven runs in the second frame. Two-RBI singles by Frank Muzzio and Phil Ciprello did most of the damage. As an exclamation point, CSI added three more markers in the fourth inning. Ciprello added an RBI-double, with Greg Manassa and Eli Rodriguez adding RBI singles. That all proved more than enough for Russell, who faced 25 batters in the win, not yielding a walk. CSI out-hit Lehman, 14-2, and was perfect in the field.
In the second game of the twinbill, CSI got off to a big lead and despite a late scare, never looked back. It was Lehman that drew first blood, however, notching a pair of runs off of CSI starter Ryan Kennedy, helped out by a CSI infield error. The Dolphins, however, retaliated right back with four runs in the first inning off of LC starter Matthew Brown. A Frank Smith single plated Delprete, while Glen Glennerster tied it with a single of his own. CSI took the lead with a two-RBI single by Ciprello, part of his big afternoon.
Brown did not pitch through the second inning as CSI plated another four runs in the next inning to take an 8-2 lead. Eli Rodriguez started the barrage with homerun to right field to lead off the inning. Palmeri plated in a run and two more crossed via error and a wild pitch. After a scoreless third inning, CSI opened the floodgates with a five-run fourth frame to make it 13-2. RBI hits by Glennerster and George Kantzian paced the Dolphins in the inning.
Lehman broke through in the top of the sixth inning, chasing Kennedy. Carlos Alcantara hit a two-RBI double and Matthew Prevosti added a two-RBI single. A two-RBI triple by Danny Rodriguez in the top of the seventh inning drew LC even closer at 13-9, but reliever Jason Failla closed the door from there to give CSI the 13-9 win.
Kennedy earned the win, pitching 5.2 innings, allowing six earned runs on five hits, walking three. Brown took the loss. CSI scattered 11 hits, with Glennerster leading the way, going 2-3 with two RBI and three runs scored.