Staten Island took on Brooklyn College this afternoon in a CUNYAC doubleheader and walked away with their first two CUNYAC wins of the season. The Dolphins took game one by a score of 5-0 and game two by a score of 7-2. The Dolphins improve to, 12-4, overall and, 2-0, in the CUNYAC while the Bulldogs fall to, 6-10, overall and, 4-2, in the CUNYAC.
For the third game in a row the Dolphins scored multiple runs in the first inning of the game to give CSI an early lead. Brittany Smith was able to get on base via a walk but didn’t stay there long as she would steal second to give her, her seventh steal of the season. Christina Tufano was also walked to first the Dolphins didn’t waste any time as they pulled off a double steal as the catcher threw the ball to second which allowed Smith to steal home without any contest. Tufano was then driven home from second via a blooper over the second baseman by Danielle Locke to increase the Dolphin lead to 2-0.
The Bulldogs put a scare into the Dolphins at the top of the third when they loaded up the bases after Jacqueline Cautela hit one batter and walked the next two. Cautela settled down and got the batter to fly out to Chyanne Gilliam in right field who gunned one to home plate to prevent the runner on third from reaching home. Cautela ahead, 1-2, in the count got the Bulldog number five hitter to ground out to Gianna DeCesare at second base for the third out of the inning to keep the Bulldogs scoreless through three.
Staten Island added three more runs in the fourth inning after three batters reached first on a walk and a pair of hits by Alexa Pedersen and Tufano. Tufano’s hit came with the bases loaded as she sent it to right field to give the Dolphins a 5-0 lead through four innings of play.
Neither team would score a run the rest of the game and the score would stand at, 5-0, in favor of the Dolphins.
Nicolette Trapani was in the circle for game two and pitched one of her finest games of the season.
The Dolphins failed to score in the first inning in game two and allowed Brooklyn to take a 1-0 lead in the second inning off of a double to right center to bring in a run. The Bulldogs had a chance to make it a 2-0 lead but Smith covered ground in center field and didn’t let anything fall or allow the runner on third to tag therefore preventing a run from scoring.
Staten Island answered with three runs of their own in the second inning giving them a, 3-1, lead. The Bulldogs committed three errors in that inning as well which gave way to the three unearned runs. Tufano almost made it 7-1 when she hit a very deep shot to right field to look as though it may go over the wall for a grand slam but the right fielder made the catch against the wall for the third out.
Gilliam led off the third inning for the Dolphins with a double to left field after flirting with hitting a home run to the same area. Locke was next up at bat and brought home Gilliam with a triple to the corner of right field and was able to score on a wild pitch. The Dolphins scored two more runs and increased their lead to 5-1.
CSI would go on to score two more runs in game two while allowing one more run for a final score of 7-2. Trapani struck 10 batters out and only allowed four hits by the Bulldogs
The Dolphins are back in action tomorrow when they travel to Jamaica, NY to take on York College in another CUNYAC match up.